In order to be considered for a Berrow Foundation Scholarship (application for the Scholarship), candidates must apply at the same time to the University of Oxford (application for the course) and state Lincoln College as their preferred College choice. As a duplicate of the University application will be part of the application for the Scholarship, candidates will have to begin with the application for the University course. Regarding the Scholarship application, the different completed documents should be submitted together to Lincoln College on 30 January 2023 at the latest, for courses starting in October of the same year. Candidate who wish to apply for a course that is not currently associated with Lincoln College should contact the College at the earliest opportunity for advice on how to complete the application form.
Do visit the Berrow section of the Lincoln College website for further information.
Note that from 2020 the applications are made online on the College website: https://lincoln.ox.ac.uk/study-here/graduate-study/finance-and-funding/berrow-foundation-scholarships
A selection committee of experts will evaluate the applications based on the candidates' achievements and establish a shortlist. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited for an interview, usually taking place in April or May (for applications of January of the same year). Candidates should note that the committee will not only pay attention to scholastic achievement but also to qualities such as truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship. It will also look for moral force of character and the instincts to lead and take an interest in one's contemporaries. These attributes, which are partly inspired by those required by the Rhodes Trustees, reflect the aims of the Berrow Foundation.
The most important advice for students wishing to apply for a Berrow Foundation Scholarship is: plan ahead. You will not only need to complete your application for the Berrow Foundation Scholarship and for Oxford University separately, but you will also need, in order to do so, to gather several administrative documents and ask for three recommendation letters - two for the Berrow Foundation Scholarship, and three for your application to Oxford - well ahead of time, as professors are usually quite busy, and often need to be reminded once or twice about such things.
The deadline for application to the Scholarship is usually around the 20th January of each year, but the deadlines for application to each specific programme of study at the University of Oxford are different, and there are often several of them for each programme. As you must give a copy of your University course application when applying for the Berrow Foundation Scholarship, you need to apply for your chosen programme of study by a deadline on or before the above-mentioned January deadline. You can check the different deadlines, find useful information about the Oxford University applications, and start applying on this webpage: Oxford University graduate admissions.
You also need to check what exactly is required for your chosen programme of study, as each faculty and department requires different supporting material (be it short essays in Arts, or a research proposal if you are planning on applying for a DPhil). You can check those here: Selection Criteria. The Oxford University application is done online. A few things to remember while you are completing your application:
When you have sent off your applications, you should wait to be contacted by email, should you be shortlisted. Candidates have to be accepted by both the University of Oxford and Lincoln College before they can be shortlisted for the Scholarship. Shortlisted candidates are usually told early in April of each year, and are invited to an interview taking place later that month or early May in Geneva.
Once you have passed the interview stage, you should receive word of whether you have been granted the Berrow Foundation Scholarship in the following month. I hope this short “How to” guide will be useful for your application, and I wish you all the success in this endeavour.
Dr Juliette Vuille
President of the Berrow Society, 2012-2014