Ondaatje Scholarship

History of the Scholarship

In 2003 Sir Christopher Ondaatje kindly gave a very generous donation to the University to fund one-year scholarships for Buckingham graduates or for overseas graduates undertaking postgraduate studies at Buckingham, and for Buckingham students attending Massey College, University of Toronto, to undertake postgraduate studies there. Students who obtain a Master’s degree are then eligible to apply to have their PhD studies funded by the University of Toronto.

Scholarship details

We offer up to four scholarships for postgraduate study at Buckingham to students commencing their studies in September or January.  Each scholarship is awarded on merit and is open to competition.

The scholarships are worth up to £4,000 each towards the tuition fees for one year’s postgraduate study.

Application procedure

Applications for September 2017 have now closed.  Applications for one-year postgraduate courses beginning in January 2018 will open on 18 September 2017. The closing date for applications will be Friday 10 November 2017.

The final decision regarding the awards will be made by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Candidates will be notified of the outcome within two weeks of the closing date.

Past Ondaatje scholars

2017 Josiah Rush
Daniel Morris
Samuel Ejeregbe
Lionel Ndambeun
2016 Halima Aden
Olivia Hunt
Chao-Jung Liu
Amira Svensk
Robert Tyler
2015 Meg Pettit
Kirsty Pegg
Nasir Ibrahim
2013 Corinne Price
2012 Meriel May Geolot
2011 Ardak Tauassarova
Mohamed Ali Mohamed Sood
Farnaz Mirshahi
2010 Emily Hill
2009 Megan Carpenter
Joel Valenzuela
2008 Jessica Antoine
Supriya Anil
Philipp Mueller
2007 Clive Kozah
Alifa Chowdhury
2006 Patricia C Prada Jimenez
2005 Patrick Byrne
2004 Setara Pracha

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  • Some Friendly Advice …

    “In 2004-5 I had the honour to hold the first Ondaatje Scholarship. This position entitled me to spend a year as a Junior Fellow at Massey College, Toronto. (Courtesy of Sir Christopher Ondaatje – all expenses paid).

    “Dear Undergraduates, how can I tell you about this life changing experience?

    “I will state that it is a chance to stretch oneself intellectually. A chance to embrace a new set of ideas.  An exposure to new customs, and new friendships.  In brief – a new and improved you. If you have the desire for adventure,  a passion to learn, and are up for a challenge… Then apply to be this year’s Ondaatje Fellow!”

    Setara A. L. Pracha
    Buckingham, 2011

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