Weidenfeld-Hoffman Trust Scholarships

Provides total support for graduate study at Oxford to international students from certain emerging economies.

The Weidenfeld-Hoffman Trust Scholarships and Leadership Programme cultivates the leaders of tomorrow by providing outstanding university graduates and young professionals with the opportunity to pursue fully funded graduate studies at the University of Oxford in conjunction with access to a comprehensive programme of leadership development, long-term mentoring and networking.

The Weidenfeld-Hoffman Trust Scholarships Scheme supports postgraduate students with the objective of promoting human rights and human dignity across a range of fields. It is envisioned that recipients will contribute more effectively in their professional lives to advancing these objectives in their countries and regions of origin.

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 (refer to the program web site for a listing of eligible countries).

Deadline Information

Applications are due in January, and vary by proposed course of study


The Leadership Programme includes:

  • An annual Leadership and Public Policy Seminar including moderated discussions and workshops on political philosophy and leadership development;
  • Practical skills training in presentation, exam-writing and interviewing techniques;
  • A London Leadership Forum at the end of the academic year;
  • Engagement in the Institute for Strategic Dialogue’s projects and conferences;
  • Organisation of an annual Weidenfeld Debate; and
  • Numerous networking opportunities throughout the year.

The programme is managed by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD). ISD is an independent think tank working with leaders in government, business, academia and the media to develop multi-country responses to the major security and socio-economic challenges of our time and to enhance Europe’s capacity to act effectively in the global arena.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates should be applying to start a new graduate course at Oxford. They should also in normal circumstances be intending to return to their countries or regions of origin once their courses are completed.

Candidates should also ensure that they meet the requirements for entry to the proposed course, including the necessary English language qualifications. 

Eligible candidates must have an undergraduate degree and be ordinarily resident in one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Mongolia, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Authority, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Western Sahara, Yemen.

Candidates for the Weidenfeld-Roland Berger Scholarships Scheme will need to satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

  1. A strong interest in human rights and human dignity, which they can demonstrate either through their academic work, their extra-curricular activities or their planned professional careers;
  2. An interest in exploring social and economic models which would support the promotion of human rights and human dignity.

Furthermore, applicants should be able to demonstrate a connection between their subject of study and their longer-term career objectives, explaining in some detail how they see their professional work contributing to the improvement of public life in their countries of origin or at a wider regional or international level.