Please note that the competition for entry in the academic year 2024-25 is now closed. The new competition for entry in 2025-26 will open in September 2024.
Applications to The Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme may be made by those in fields covered by the following Faculties: Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Classics (including classical archaeology); English Language and Literature; Fine Art (DPhil in Contemporary Art History and Theory only), History (including History of Art and the History of Architecture); Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics; Medieval and Modern Languages (covering most European languages and their literature); Music; Philosophy; Theology and Religion; and the interdisciplinary courses of Celtic Studies, Comparative Literature & Critical Translation, Medieval Studies, Film Aesthetics, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Digital Scholarship. The list of eligible courses is available here.
The University's application portal lists all scholarships and does not cover specific eligibility criteria. If your course is not on the list of eligible courses above, then it is not eligible to apply for the Ertegun scholarship. Only courses administered by the Humanities Division and its faculties are eligible (some exceptions apply to courses jointly administered by a faculty of the Humanities Division and the School of Archaeology or Global and Area Studies which are included in the eligible courses list).
You must ensure you meet the criteria for entry to your course, including English language requirements.
This scholarship may not be held in conjunction with any other awards. Awards may only be offered for students starting a new full-time graduate course. Current graduate students are not eligible to apply for funding for a second or third year of their course.
For more information on submitting a graduate application, please see the Graduate Admissions website.
You apply for the scholarship at the same time as you apply to Oxford by selecting ‘Ertegun Graduate Scholarships in the Humanities’ in the Funding Section of the University's Graduate Application Form. Please refer to the Graduate Admissions website for the most up to date information about deadlines.
You must also complete a supporting statement (Word doc) and upload it as a pdf document together with your Graduate Application Form by the application deadline in order for your application to be complete. The statement requires you to answer three questions (in no more than 500 words each) that relate to the aims and mission of the Ertegun Scholarship programme. The Selection Committee will consider your supporting statement in conjunction with your course application. Please check that you have uploaded your supporting statement as your Ertegun scholarship application cannot be reviewed without it.
For more information on the application process, please watch our 2023 webinar
Ertegun Scholars are selected in a highly competitive process by an Ertegun Scholarships Selection Committee made up of the Head of Oxford’s Humanities Division and one representative from each of the eligible faculties, acting in consultation with the Board of Ertegun Overseers.
Shortlisted candidates will initially be identified by faculties, before being nominated to the Selection Committee for its consideration. As part of that initial process, they will be interviewed by a Faculty representative (usually via videoconference or telephone). The interview will provide them with an opportunity to expand on the topics covered in their supporting statement.
All successful candidates will be notified by email. If you do not hear from us, then your application to this scheme has been unsuccessful. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we regret that we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants individually or provide feedback on applications.
All Ertegun Scholarships cover course fees in full. Scholars also receive a generous annual grant for living costs (the rate for 2023-24 is £18,622), which is normally sufficient to cover the living costs of a single student living in Oxford.
Ertegun Scholars also enjoy dedicated use of Ertegun House, which provides space for each Scholar for writing and research, as well as opportunities to participate in social occasions, lively lectures, performances and other activities developed expressly for the Scholars.
Awards are made for the full duration of a student's fee liability for the agreed course. If your scholarship is offered for a course lasting more than one year, the continuation of your scholarship each year is subject to an annual renewal process based on satisfactory academic progress.