Global Priorities Institute

Atkinson Scholar

Oxford, UK

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Sir Tony Atkinson is remembered as a pioneer of the modern study of inequality within economics. In a time when inequality was a highly neglected topic within academia, he developed the welfare-based measure of inequality known as the Atkinson Index, which is now widely used by governments and development organisations. He also wrote extensively about global inequality and, to address this, proposed policy tools to alleviate poverty at a global and intergenerational scale. He spent the last part of his career at Oxford as a fellow of Nuffield College where he also served for 11 years as Warden.

In honour of Sir Tony Atkinson, the Global Priorities Institute is offering up to two scholarships to exceptional students who are undertaking a DPhil in Economics. These will be awarded to students whose dissertation topics are relevant to global priorities research – that is, broadly, the question of how agents can use their resources to do as much good as possible.

These scholarships will provide:

  • a stipend for living costs of at least £15,000 p.a., as well as applicable continuation fees, for two years;
  • office space within the Global Priorities Institute for the duration of their programme; and
  • the opportunity to work with GPI researchers and to receive support in pursuing their research project. We expect that scholars will also regularly participate in GPI’s seminars and work-in-progress groups.

We anticipate that many applicants considered for the Parfit Scholarship will also be offered funding from elsewhere to cover the first two years of their DPhil programme. In such cases, the financial benefits of the Parfit Scholarship will commence after the Scholar’s other funding ceases, such that the Scholar is able to fully fund their DPhil for four years. For scholars not in receipt of other funding, the Parfit Scholarship will commence in their first year.

Note that these scholarships are awarded in conjunction with the Parfit Scholarship, which supports students undertaking a DPhil in Philosophy. A maximum of two Atkinson and Parfit Scholarships will be awarded each year, to the best candidates across both Economics and Philosophy.

If you have any questions about the Atkinson Scholarship, please contact

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be commencing the full-time Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Economics programme in the 2019/2020 academic year.

Time commitment: Full time

Applications due: 2019-02-01

  • Category Cause Prioritisation
  • Created by Henry Stanley
  • Submitted 16 Sep
  • Last updated 16 Sep