Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust / Scholarships & Leadership Programme / How to Apply

How to Apply

Potential Scholars should note that they must apply and be admitted to an eligible graduate course at the University of Oxford in order to qualify for any of the schemes within the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust's Scholarships Programme. They should be ordinarily resident in one of a list of selected countries and be applying to study one of the eligible courses. Full details on how to apply are available on the University of Oxford website.

There are currently three schemes within the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme:

- the Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme

- the Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme

- the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme

Applicants should be aware that it is acceptable to apply to more than one, or all three, scholarships.


Annual Applications Cycle



› Applications for university entry and the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships need to be submitted to Oxford’s Graduate Admissions and Funding Office online. Please click here for full details of application guidelines and eligibility criteria for scholarships offered as part of the Programme.  



› Application deadlines vary according to course - please check your course webpage for details


› Applicants need to apply to their chosen course in Oxford and the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme simultaneously.



› Interviews for eligible shortlisted candidates will be held via Skype. Assessment is based on the selection criteria on this page.


In May, successful applicants to the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme are informed by Oxford.



› Shortly before the start of the Academic Year, the new cohort of Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholars assembles in Oxford for an Induction and Welcome event, combined with the Moral Philosophy Seminar.


› Classes at the University of Oxford begin in early/mid-October (start dates vary depending on course).






Selection Criteria


Applications will be assessed against the following three areas, as demonstrated in the course application, scholarship application questionnaire and (if appropriate) at interview.



1. Academic excellence and potential


Indicators of high academic achievement will include:
a. degree results;
b. individual marks on student transcripts;
c. evidence of previous university prizes or awards;
d. information on the student’s overall position within their cohort;
e. academic references; and
f. publications (if applicable).


2. Motivation and purpose

a. Relevance of proposed course of study to future professional objectives
b. Excellence in extra-curricular/professional activities
c. Demonstrable commitment to beneficial social, economic or political change at a local, national, regional or international level


 3. Leadership Potential


Evidence of possession from extra-curricular and/or professional experience of:
a. Leadership skills such as communication skills, interpersonal skills, strategic thinking, teamwork;
b. Leadership qualities such as initiative, commitment, responsibility, originality, creativity, risk-taking.


The opportunities that the Programme has offered me have allowed me to both develop a deeper understanding of the issues relevant to my discipline and network with people who are leaders in the relevant sectors, to learn from them and gain a completely new perspective that I will take with me wherever I go in the future.".

Karim Aziz
Egypt, Master of Public Policy (2015-16), Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholar