The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarship and Leadership Programme

    The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme supports exceptional scholars devoting their studies and professional careers to international development or environmental management and conservation. These studies encompass a number of subjects offered within the University's School of Geography and Environment and Department of International Development.

    The scheme targets exceptional individuals from the transition and emerging economies of Europe's wider neighbourhood including Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia, as well as North Africa and the Middle East.

    The Leadership Programme includes:

    • an annual Moral Philosophy Seminar, including moderated discussions and workshops on political philosophy and leadership development;

    • practical skills training, including presentation and interview skills, examination and revision techniques, essay and op-ed ('opposite the editorial page') writing;

    • a London Leadership Forum at the end of the academic year with high profile professionals from business, politics and the media; and

    • alumni mentoring and numerous networking opportunities throughout the year.


    You should be applying to start a new graduate course at Oxford. The complete list of eligible courses is below:

    • DPhil in Geography and Environment

    • MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management

    • MSc in Environmental Change and Management

    • MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance

    • MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management

    • DPhil in International Development

    • MPhil in Development Studies

    • MSc in Economics for Development

    • MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

    • MSc in Migration Studies

    • MSc in Global Governance & Diplomacy

    You must be ordinarily resident in one of the following countries:

    • Afghanistan
    • Israel
    • Qatar
    • Albania
    • Jordan
    • Romania
    • Algeria
    • Kazakhstan
    • Russia
    • Armenia
    • Kosovo
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Azerbaijan
    • Kuwait
    • Serbia
    • Bahrain
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Slovakia
    • Belarus
    • Latvia
    • Slovenia
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Lebanon
    • Syria
    • Bulgaria
    • Libya
    • Tajikistan
    • Croatia
    • Lithuania
    • Tunisia
    • Czech Republic
    • Mauritania
    • Turkey
    • Egypt
    • Mongolia
    • Turkmenistan
    • Estonia
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • FYR Macedonia
    • Montenegro
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Georgia
    • Morocco
    • Uzbekistan
    • Hungary
    • Oman
    • Western Sahara
    • Iran
    • Palestine
    • Yemen
    • Iraq
    • Poland

    You should be intending to return to your country of ordinary residence once your course is completed. Students currently at Oxford are not eligible to apply unless they are already Weidenfeld scholars.

    You should be able to demonstrate a connection between your subject of study and your longer-term career objectives, explaining how you see your professional work contributing to the improvement of public life in your country of origin or at a wider regional or international level.


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    The scholarship will cover 100% of University and college fees and a grant for living costs of £14,057. Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.

    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 review based on satisfactory academic progress.

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