Undergraduates today leave university with unprecedented debts.
Their ability to undertake graduate study is further diminished by the slashes in funding available from research councils. And it is not only universities that value graduate learning: graduates studying for Masters and DPhils bring the knowledge and skills they have developed into industry as well as into academia. The complex global issues that face the next generation require expertise and insight from fields as diverse as international development, financial analysis, economy and climate change, as well as a strong steer on ethics and law, creativity, communication and problem-solving.
With this in mind, Hertford has increased its investment in graduate scholarships over the past four years. Hertford’s academics are committed to ensuring that the very best students are able to undertake graduate research – not just those who are in a position to self-fund.
Hertford offers a number of highly competitive graduate scholarships. Awards range from £5,000 per year to a fully-funded scholarship. Hertford spends roughly £200,000 on graduate scholarships each year.
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Supporting the best students
Donations from Hertford friends and alumni have made an enormous difference to our ability to support outstanding graduates with scholarships. There are three types of scholarship:
Alain Locke Scholarship
In 1907, Alain Leroy Locke joined Hertford as Oxford’s first African-American Rhodes Scholar. He went on to become the intellectual architect of the Harlem Renaissance, prompting the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to remark: “We’re going to let our children know that the only philosophers that lived were not Plato and Aristotle, but W. E. B. Du Bois and Alain Locke came through the universe”.
This tradition is still alive, and every year new generations of Rhodes Scholars continue to address the world’s most pressing problems in their fields of research – many of them to Hertford.
We have established a fund in the name of Alain Leroy Locke to support Rhodes Scholars, who intend to move onto doctoral studies or who are struggling to finish because their funding has run out. Each year we have over 30 outstanding applicants for each graduate scholarship. Your gift to the Alain Leroy Locke Fund would enable us increase the number of places we can offer.
Make a gift to the Alain Locke Fund
We hope you will feel moved to support our Rhodes Scholars with a gift in Alain Locke’s name. When you donate, please send us a quick email to let us know that you would like your gift to go to the Alain Locke Scholarship Fund.
Donations to create a fully funded scholarship are the most generous way to support graduates. Fees vary by subject, but as a guide £22,000 a year for three years will provide a full scholarship for a UK/EU DPhil student in most subjects. £35,000 for three years would support a full scholarship for an overseas student in most subjects.
Please get in touch with the Development Office if you would like to find out more.
Donations towards graduate scholarships allow Hertford to take advantage of co-funding opportunities. Thanks to the generosity of alumni, we have been able to co-fund scholarships with faculties and departments, which means our donors’ money goes even further.
Gifts of £7,000 or more can often be matched on a 1:1 basis with funding from other parts of the university. Please get in touch with the Development Office if you are interested in finding out more.