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Applications for 2024 are now closed.

The 2025 application round will open in January 2025.

The Oxford Australia Fund was initiated to endow scholarships each year for academically top Australian graduates to go to Oxford University for study and research.

The first scholarships were established at the Australian National University in connection with the Campaign for Oxford 1993, with donations from Australian Oxford alumni and then with a large benefaction from the late Mr James Fairfax AC. Since 1998, this Fund has awarded scholarships to more than 100 Australian graduates.

In addition to the James Fairfax fund, a number of funds linked to Oxford Colleges provide specific scholarships thanks to generous donations from their Australian alumni and matching College support:

The Committee also administers the Sayce Scholarship, which supports candidates for a DPhil in a STEM discipline.



Up to $15,000 per annum


03-Jan-2024 to 16-Feb-2024

  • Student types

  • Student levels

    Postgraduate coursework, Postgraduate research, Graduate Certificate, Master Degree
  • Selection bases

    Academic merit

Field of study

Any Discipline



Scholarship selection is made on academic merit across the entire range of university disciplines with (partial) funding provided to Australian university graduates for the duration of a full-time Masters or Doctorate degree, or a second undergraduate degree, at Oxford.

Please note that candidates are eligible for the Oxford Australia Scholarships while doing their first Overseas degree.

Additional information


The Oxford Australian Scholarships have a current value of AUD 15,000 per annum and can be held for a period of three years.

To mark the 20th Anniversary of the Scholarships, we want to increase the endowment to double the funding level of each scholarship from its current $15,000 per year. Please help us reach this target.

Applications for 2024 are now closed.

2025 application round will open around December 2024/January 2025.

Applicants for Oxford Australia Scholarships and the Sayce Scholarship must have already applied to Oxford University.

Applications considered in 2024 for:

  • James Fairfax Oxford Australia Scholarships
  • Magdalen College Oxford Australia Scholarships
  • Ian Wilson-Guy White Magdalen College Oxford Australia Scholarships
  • Sayce Scholarship

You must have applied to the designated College, except in the case of the James Fairfax which is open for all Colleges.

The required documents to accompany Oxford Australia Scholarship applications are (All documents should be in .pdf format):

  1. an up-to-date Resume or CV,
  2. an electronic copy of university transcript,
  3. a personal statement on reason for application,
  4. a financial statement and
  5. a sample of written work (5-10 pages).

Please note that your Referees will receive a link to the Referee Report once you submit your application. In the event that you have a new referee, please provide them with the following link.

Click here for the FAQs to answer your queries.

Vale Professor John White: Professor John White, the distinguished chemist to whom the Oxford Australia Scholarships owe their establishment and success, died in August 2023. The Oxford Australia Scholarships Committee acknowledges John's tireless work for the Scholarships, and his continuing legacy manifest through the Scholarships and their recipients.

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