Application Process

Applications for the academic year 2017-2018 are now open.


Am I eligible for a scholarship?

Candidates for academic year 2018-2019 should be applying to start a new full-time graduate course at Oxford when applications open on September 1st, 2017. Applications to The Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme may be made by those in fields covered by the following Faculties: 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; Oriental Studies (including Far Eastern and Middle Eastern Studies, and the study of a wide range of languages); Philosophy; Theology and Religion; and the Film Aesthetics and Women's Studies interdisciplinary courses.

Regrettably, applicants wishing to undertake courses within the Social Sciences Division are not normally eligible.

You must ensure you meet the requirements 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 graduate course. Current graduate students are not eligible to apply for funding for a second or third year of their course.

What does the scholarship cover?

100% of university and college fees, and a grant for living costs (the rate for 2017-18 is approximately £14,553). 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.

How do I apply?

For more information on submitting the application, please see the Graduate Admissions and Funding website.

You apply for the scholarship at the same time as you apply to Oxford by selecting ‘Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarships in the Humanities’ in the Funding Section of the University's Graduate Application Form. The online application form for October 2018 is available from 1 September 2017, with a 20 January 2018 (noon) deadline.

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.

What is the selection process?

Ertegun Scholars will be 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.

How will I know the outcome?

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 are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants individually or provide feedback on applications.


You will find more information about the Humanities at Oxford at

Our graduate prospectus is available online at:

Graduate Admissions and Funding University Offices,
Wellington Square,
Oxford OX1 2JD
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 270059
Fax: +44 (0) 1865 270049