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Oxford - Agnese Nelms Haury Scholarship

  • CLOSING DATE: Relevant January deadline
  • NATIONALITY: Normally resident in the USA or Canada and hold official status in the US or Canada as American Indian, Alaska Native, First Nation, Metis or Inuit
  • LEVEL OF STUDY: Masters 
  • SUBJECT: Please refer to list below
  • VALUE: 100% of fees and a grant for living costs
  • DURATION: Period of fee liability
  • APPLICATION DETAILS: Eligible candidates are automatically considered for this scholarship, but should indicate interest in their personal statement.

The Agnese Nelms Haury Scholarship covers tuition fees and living costs for Native American and First Nations students from the US and Canada for a one-year taught Masters degree at Oxford University in association with Linacre College. The scholarship also covers:

  • one flight from US/Canada to London at the start of the program
  • one flight from London to US/Canada at the end of program
  • visa application expenses for the standard visa process

For more information about the scholarship program requirements, visit Native American/First Nations at Oxford University at The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice Program.

To be eligible for this scholarship, students should apply and gain admission to one of the designated Masters courses at Oxford University (see below) and hold official status in the US or Canada as American Indian, Alaska Native, First Nation, Metis or Inuit.

The scholarship is only tenable at Linacre College. All eligible applicants will be considered for this scholarship, regardless of which college (if any) you state as your preference on the graduate application form. However, successful applicants will be transferred to Linacre College in order to take up the scholarship.

To be considered for this scholarship, submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline. American and Canadian nationals who are offered a place on one of the eligible courses will be contacted by email around April and will be asked to submit additional material if they believe they meet the selection criteria regarding official status, as outlined above. The scholarship holder should be prepared to provide evidence of native status. Selection is expected to take place in May. Please see the Standard scholarship selection terms for more information about the application and selection process.

Eligible Courses

MSc in Archaeological Science

MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management

MSc Comparative Social Policy

MSc Economics for Development

MSc Environmental Change and Management

MSc Evidence-based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation

MSc Global Governance and Diplomacy

MSc Latin American Studies

MSc Migration Studies

MSc Nature, Society and Environmental Governance

MSc Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

MSc Social Anthropology

MSc Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology

MSc Water Science Policy and Management

For more information about the courses, potential applicants should contact the relevant directors of the postgraduate programmes of interest. For information about the Agnese Nelms Haury Programme, which is housed at the University of Arizona, applicants may contact Programme Director Anna Spitz (, who can also put you in touch with people who can informally advise you on your application (e.g. former Rhodes scholars, native students who studied at Oxford, North American students and faculty who studied for or taught some of the designated degrees). 

Linacre College is a graduate only college and is known for its strong sense of community, international diversity, and environmental sustainability. Linacre College will select the Agnese Nelms Haury Scholar from eligible applicants recommended by the courses to which they have been admitted. Scholars are expected to provide reports to the trustees of the Agnese Nelms Haury programme and to help publicize the program in subsequent years.

Mrs. Haury was an American philanthropist from Tucson, Arizona and she was particularly supportive of the education and advancement of native peoples and concerned with issues of environment and social justice as well as international relations and the archaeology and anthropology of the Americas. The Agnese Nelms Haury programme in Environment and Social Justice has been established by her trustees to advance her interests and commitments and includes supporting this scholarship at Oxford which is also supported by Oxford University and Linacre College.

This scholarship is made possible thanks to the University of Oxford’s Matched Funding scheme.