These scholarships were established in the spirit of post-World War II reconciliation and are named after Captain Michael Wills MC, a former student at Magdalen College who was killed in action in Tunisia in 1943. Michael Wills was a cousin and close friend of the 2nd Lord Dulverton, and it is the Dulverton Trust that generously funds these scholarships. The Dulverton Trust is an independent charitable grant-making organisation established by Deed in 1949 by the 1st Lord Dulverton. The Dulverton Trust also funds Dulverton Scholarships at the University of Oxford. In 2013-14, the Michael Wills Scholarships are being co-funded and run in conjunction with the Oxford Department of International Development. What does it cover? 100% of university and college fees, and a grant for living expenses (the rate in 2012-13 was £12,900). Awards are made for the full duration of a student’s fee liability for the agreed course. If your scholarship is offered for a course lasting more than one year, the continuation of your scholarship for the second year is subject to an annual renewal process based on satisfactory academic progress.
In the spirit of the scholarship’s original ethos, preference will be given to students from countries that have experienced conflict in the relatively recent past 30 years. Applicants who are resident in non-EEA countries should be intending to return to their country of ordinary residence on completion of their studies. Candidates should be applying to start a new graduate course at Oxford in one of the following courses: MPhil in Development Studies, MSc in Refugee & Forced Migration Studies, MSc in Migration Studies, MSc in Economics for Development or the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit. Financial need may also be taken into consideration.