Nine-month Research Scholarships at the University of Oxford


The OSI/FCO Chevening Scholarships, which are jointly funded by the Open Society Institute and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, are intended to provide opportunities for postgraduate research in the United Kingdom for scholars and young professionals who demonstrate both academic excellence and the potential to become leaders, decision makers and opinion formers in their home countries.

Scholarships are available for scholars wishing to conduct postgraduate research as a Visiting Student at Oxford University in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Environmental Sciences. The scholarships cover all tuition fees for Graduate Visiting Students, travel to and from the UK, and basic living expenses for a single person for nine months from 1st October 2010 to 30 June 2011.

Applicants must have excellent academic qualifications, a clear and precise proposal describing what they wish to research while in Oxford, and a fluent command of the English language. Scholars will have an academic supervisor who is a specialist in their chosen subject and will be given a “Certificate of Studies” at the end of the Scholarship. Applicants must submit a research proposal (section 17 of the application form); it is important that this be clear and detailed, stating the specific objectives and expected outcomes of the research to be conducted in Oxford and how this links to your post-graduate research.

Please note that this scholarship funds research for Visiting Students only; students will not be registered on a degree course at Oxford, so it is important to note that this period of study will not lead to the award of an Oxford University diploma or degree.

Further information about the University of Oxford can be obtained from the University’s website(


  • Applicants must be citizens of and resident in one of the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, FYR Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia (Nizhny Novgorod, Irkutsk, Samara, Vladivostok and Tomsk), Serbia, Ukraine or Uzbekistan. Applicants who are temporarily out of the country at the time of application (of the total period of less than 3 consecutive months) may be treated as residents.
  • Applicants should commit to returning to their home country at the end of the period of study.
  • Applicants must be registered for a PhD programme in their home country.. Applicants should take care to include clear and specific information in Section 14
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously studied in Western universities.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the potential to become leaders, decision makers, and opinion formers in their home country. This requirement will be treated as of considerable importance in the selection process, and applicants should be sure to complete Section 9 of the application form fully and appropriately.
  • Applicants should have a proven track record of success or excellence in their professional life distinguishing them from their peers and contemporaries.
  • . Employees, employee's relatives (or former employees who have left employment less than 2 years before) of the FCO, the British Council, the Educational Advising Centers or other OSI representations in the region, or the participating Universities will not be eligible to apply for these awards. In accordance with FCO guidelines, those who in the past three years received UK Government funded scholarships or those who are seeking military training are also not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Applicants will be required to have passed an English proficiency test (IELTS or TOEFL) before being offered a Scholarship. The minimum requirement is IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 580 (237 CBT, 92 iBT).Please note that all successful applicants will be invited to attend a 1-month preparatory academic writing summer school in July or August 2010. The Network Scholarship Programmes’ (NSP) Pre-Academic Summer Program is designed to prepare NSP grantees for successful academic experiences in the UK. Successful applicants will be provided with the opportunity to refine their research and writing skills through intensive courses in academic writing and social sciences.The exact date and location of the summer school will be available at a later stage of the selection process.

Application form
Applicants for these scholarships should complete the scholarship application form below and return three copies of it to the Education Advising Center, along with the required supporting materials listed below by January 12th, 2010.

Confidential Reference Form
OSI/Chevening Scholarship Eligibility Requirements Self-Assessment Form


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