Oxford Indira Gandhi Graduate Scholarship

The Oxford-Indira Gandhi Graduate Scholarships

These are among the growing number of co-operative scholarships and academic programs being launched with support of the Indian government, Indian universities and world-renowned universities like Oxford that intend to provide Indian students with the means to attain a world-class education in specific fields of study. This scholarship is for students in India who have been accepted by the University of Oxford to study programs relating to sustainable development. The goal is to provide the leaders of tomorrow’s India with the skills and academic qualifications necessary to foster sustainable development as well as disseminate knowledge and skills among co-workers and subordinates with the same objective in mind.


The Oxford-Indira Gandhi Graduate Scholarships focus on programs related to engendering sustainable development in India. To that end Somerville College of the University of Oxford is developing The Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development. It has designated the following courses for which it, in collaboration with the government of India, will provide full-funding to Indian resident student applicants:

  • All DPhils
  • MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management
  • MSc in Contemporary India
  • Master of Public Policy
  • MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management
  • MSc in Environmental Change and Management
  • MPhil in Development Studies
  • Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL)

Apart from these the university also welcomes proposals which fall within its general umbrella of food and water security, energy, environmental conservation, medical research and healthcare, law, governance and gender respectively.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You must be a resident of India or have previously studied at an Indian higher education institution.
  • You should be applying to start a new graduate course at Oxford.
  • You must meet the selection criteria for your course (see the courses page [] for more information).
  • Only those who apply successfully for their courses will be considered for the scholarship.
  • 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 upon satisfactory academic progress.

Important Dates

All applications for graduate study are to be submitted by the relevant January deadline for the concerned course (8 January 2016 for Medical Sciences, Philosophy, Politics & International Relations and Computer Science; 22 January 2016 for all other subjects).

Application Process

Applying for the scholarship is inclusive in the graduate program application process and applicants will be assessed for eligibility based on the details (such as nationality, ordinary citizenship, course applied for etc.) that they fill up in the requisite form. Prospective applicants should read the application guide ( thoroughly for more details.

Scholarship Details

  • The value of the scholarship is £13,863 and includes university and college fees along with a grant for living costs.
  • Up to 3 scholarships may be provided.
  • Applications held back after January re-evaluated against applications received by the March deadline or course applications which have been put on a waiting list are not eligible for scholarship consideration.

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About Supriyo Chatterji

The author is a student of English literature currently pursuing his Master’s in English Literature at the University of Delhi and has been writing articles, summaries and reviews for academic and educational magazines and websites since 2009. Apart from a love for quality writing and enhancing the private and public knowledge of academic courses and relevant scholarships, he enjoys poetry, music, travel, motorcycling etc. among many other interests.