Scholarship applications exhausted


in Daily updates, Oxford

Apparently, I was rejected by the Centennial Scholarship long ago, but they never bothered to inform me in any way. That makes the last of the set: Commonwealth, Chevening, Armand Bombardier, Senior, and Oxford’s Overseas Research Scholarship.

At least the one £500 award makes me feel good about having spent so many hours filling out application forms and writing proposals. Likewise, there is the matter of all the time my various referees spent writing letters on my behalf. Many thanks to each of them.

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Anonymous July 23, 2006 at 11:30 am

Was th e £500 award the smallest of the lot?

Milan July 23, 2006 at 11:32 am

Yes, by a considerable margin:

Centennial (£500-£2500)
Armand Bombardier (£5000)
Overseas Research (approx. £9000)
Chevening (approx. £12,000)
Commonwealth (approx. £15,000)

Milan July 23, 2006 at 11:37 am

For reference, the cost of a single year at Oxford in a master’s program:

University fees (£10,360)
College fees (£2,200)

Direct academic costs (£12,560)

Food (approx £1,800)
Rent (approx. £3,900)
Research and incidental expenses of all kinds (approx. £1000)

Total costs (approx. £19,260)

squirrel July 23, 2006 at 9:11 pm

Sorry to hear that. Given your academic background and intelligence, should you pursue another degree, I am sure you will have much better luck.

Ben July 24, 2006 at 4:50 pm

Sorry to hear that. I guess you don’t have the option of much teaching work, being on the MPhil either.

Out of interest, how would those costs compare to postgrad in the States/Canada?

Milan July 24, 2006 at 7:43 pm


The schools I got accepted to in Canada offered me funding adequate to pay tuition and the cost of living. As such, I would basically have been going for free.

squirrel July 24, 2006 at 8:56 pm

To employers and such, I am sure.

Milan July 24, 2006 at 10:53 pm


Let’s hope so.

Also, welcome. I always love having new commentors.

R.K. July 24, 2006 at 8:19 pm

Whoa. Free is much better than $40,000 a year. Is the Oxford name worth that much?

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