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Weidenfeld Leadership Programme and Scholarship Scheme

Published on 26.03.2014 22:04

Weidenfeld Leadership Programme and Scholarship Scheme


Weidenfeld Leadership Programme and Scholarship Scheme


Launched in 2007 the programme aims to cultivate the leaders of tomorrow primarily from Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Russia, the Middle East and North Africa by providing outstanding university graduates and young professionals with the opportunity to:
- pursue graduate studies at Oxford University;
- and participate in a comprehensive programme of leadership skills development, long-term mentoring and networking (including work placements, pro-bono projects and involvement in a high-level speaker and seminar series.)
The mission is to give the most promising young people from regions underserved by academic scholarship and leadership training opportunities a chance to access the knowledge, skills and international networks necessary to optimally contribute to public life in their countries and regions of origin - be it in the public or private sectors.
Up to 35 Scholarships will be available in the academic year 2008/2009

Country Eligibility

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, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Montenegro, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Authority, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Western Sahara, Yemen.
The programme also provides a limited number of scholarships to civil servants from Western European countries and to early to mid-career professionals in the public and third sectors from the US.

Other criteria

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have professional aspirations to contribute to the public good in their country or region. Preference will be given to applicants with financial need who have not studied outside their home country before.

Level of study

Graduate degrees


All subjects


University and college fees for full course duration; a full grant for living costs (£12,940 in 2008/09)

Application Procedure 


1.       Apply at the same time as you apply to Oxford by selecting Weidenfeld in the Funding Section of the University's Graduate Application Form.

2.       Those that have been selected by their academic department at Oxford will then go through the Weidenfeld Scholarships selection process that results in the short-listed candidates coming to Oxford for an expense paid interview weekend in April 2008.


January 18th 2008


Successful candidates will be notified by early May 2008.
A notice will appear on the International Office’s website ( when decisions have been made. If you have not heard from us by the time this notice is posted, then your application to this scheme has been unsuccessful.




The programme is managed by the Weidenfeld Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a London-based policy organisation, which works with leading figures in the public and private sectors to bridge international and inter-communal divides and to strengthen Europe’s capacity to act coherently in the global arena.
An Advisory Board overseeing the design and implementation of the programme has been established as a sub-group of the Weidenfeld Institute’s Board of Trustees. Its Co-Chairmen are Sir Ronald Grierson and Michael Lewis. A Selection Committee drawn from the Advisory Board is responsible for interviewing and electing the Scholars.


For further information contact Jordana Friedman, Scholarship Co-ordinator at the Weidenfeld Institute for Strategic Dialogue, by e-mail or by telephone at +44 207 493 9333



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