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Our flagship RDM Scholars Programme provides a number of fully funded four-year scholarships for basic science students. The programme is open to outstanding candidates of any nationality.

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The deadline for applications for any Oxford-administered scholarships, including the RDM Scholars Programme and the WIMM Prize Studentship, has now passed. 

We continue to accept applications for unfunded places and prospective applicants are strongly advised to contact their prospective supervisor in advance of making an application to ensure availability of research opportunities.

We advise you to submit your application as soon as possible. This allows more time to complete all admissions processes and makes it easier to find a college place. You should be aware that applications received before the funding deadline of 8 January will be processed prior to any later applications being considered.

The latest date you can apply for a place for October 2020 entry is July 23rd, 2021.  

You can find full details on the application process in the University’s application guide.

An RDM Scholarship covers University and College fees and a stipend of £18,000 per annum. The RDM Scholars Programme combines funding from a variety of sources, including departmental funding, the Medical Research Council and the Clarendon Fund.


We advertise the RDM Scholars Programme, along with supervisor profiles, each October for admission the following October.

You can select up to three supervisors and should list these in order of preference on the application form. We strongly encourage all applicants to contact their prospective supervisor(s) to discuss potential projects before submitting their application. Please note that this does not form part of the selection process.

To be considered for the RDM Scholars Programme you must submit an application online using the University application form. Please see our how to apply page for information on how to complete the application form.

Applicants will be shortlisted by a minimum of three academically qualified assessors and shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. We are able to contribute some funds to assist applicants attending Oxford in person, but we also conduct interviews by Skype where appropriate.

At interview you will be asked to give a five minute presentation on a research project you have conducted. This will be followed by an interview of approximately 20 minutes, which will focus on your scientific background and your motivation for your chosen DPhil project. It is important that you have discussed your preferred project with the proposed supervisor in advance of the interview.

Key Dates

The deadline for applications to the RDM Scholars Programme for entry in 2020 has now passed.  

Our DPhil Supervisor Profiles

Browse opportunities to start your academic career.