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The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme cultivates the leaders of tomorrow by providing outstanding university graduates and early career professionals from developing countries and emerging economies with the opportunity to pursue fully-funded graduate studies at the University of Oxford, combined with a specially created programme of leadership development, long-term mentoring and networking. Scholarships are for full course fees and living costs.

Current scholarships

There are currently two schemes within the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme. Applicants should be aware that it is acceptable to apply to more than one scholarship.

Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme

See the University of Oxford website for full details on eligibility and the application process. Application for the scholarship is made alongside your graduate course application. Please visit the University of Oxford website for full details


See the Chevening website for details on the eligibility and application process. Please visit the Chevening website for full details

Because I’ve been a recipient of failed policies and have a deeper understanding of its impact, I decided to enrol at the Blavatnik School of Government to learn how sounds policies could be formulated and effectively implemented to make my country and the world a better place. Through the support of WHT I settled in well. The programme not only focuses on moral philosophy, economics and politics but most importantly on developing a strong character as a leader and how that affects other people. I have been so inspired by the professors, colleague Scholars and particularly the wonderful and supportive staff of WHT.

Peter Bangura, Sierra Leone, MPP, Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld-Hoffmann, 2018 

Annual Application Cycle


Applications open for university entry and the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships. Applications should be submitted online here (simultaneously) to the University of Oxford’s Graduate Admissions and Funding Office.

Jan to Feb

Application deadlines vary according to course – please check your course webpage for details here. Candidates’ applications are first assessed by the University of Oxford. Only candidates accepted to their selected course at the University of Oxford are eligible for Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trusts’ scholarship selection

March to June

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held via Skype. Assessment is based on the selection criteria here. The interview committee consists of WHT staff or advisers, as well as other representatives. In May, successful applicants are informed by the University of Oxford. Please note Chevening Scholarships are often not awarded until June. 


Shortly before the start of the academic year, the new cohort of Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholars assembles in Oxford for the Moral Philosophy Seminar and induction. Classes at the University of Oxford begin in early/mid-October (start dates vary depending on course). 

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