I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this page—this means a lot to me. My name is Dunvel Délias, just 22 years old. I was born and raised in France, and have been living in the Netherlands for the past four and a half years. I feel honoured to be accepted to the prestigious MSc Financial Economics of the University of Oxford. Unfortunately, and despite working as hard as possible, I cannot afford the programme due to its high tuition fee, and I have not yet been successful in securing any scholarships. As a student with the French nationality yet now a Dutch citizen, I do not meet the residency requirement most French scholarships have, nor the Dutch nationality requirement the Dutch ones demand.A little bit about me
Throughout my life, I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by loving people who believed in me and inspired me to be curious, open to different ideas, and ambitious. After graduating summa cum laude at the age of 17, I immediately left France to study economics abroad at the renowned Erasmus University Rotterdam. I managed to fully and independently finance my studies through grants, a governmental loan and a part-time work. As a bachelor student, I tried to challenge myself both on a personal and a professional level. I did a part-time board year at Enactus EUR
, an organisation focused on social entrepreneurship, before becoming the first international member of the full-time EFR
board since 1925. One of my projects, carried out together with my predecessor, was featured in the alumni magazine
of Erasmus University and on its website
. If you would like to know a bit more about my professional and extracurricular activities, please feel free to have a look at my LinkedIn here
.Why Financial Economics?
During my bachelor, I quickly realised that everything around us involves economics to a certain degree, yet a great number of people feel like economics is done to them, rather than for them. I want people to feel empowered by economics and finance, rather than feel invisible and isolated from the political decision-making process. During my career, I hope to close (at least a bit) the gap between people, and economists and financial practitioners, by becoming a pluralist and open-minded economist for an international institution, such as the ECB, the World Bank or the OECD. After my MSc programme, and depending on my financial situation, I would therefore like to pursue a PhD degree to conduct research targeted on income inequalities and/or financial risks & crises.Why Oxford?
Taught by some of the most prominent scholars, Oxford's MSc in Financial Economics
would provide me with the best basis to make my career ambition a reality. This interdisciplinary programme is the perfect combination of high-level theoretical learning and practical case studies. I would get the incredible opportunity to benefit from the expertise of two world-renowned departments of the University of Oxford in one academic year. Last but not least, the University of Oxford is unquestionably a worldwide reference when it comes to excellent research and teaching, while nurturing the perfect learning environment for its students. I believe I have reached a point in my academic life where I would need the extra challenge the oldest university in the English-speaking world can provide me with.What to finance and how to help?
The programme's tuition fee is of approximately €50,000, and the living expenses for the whole year are estimated between €14,800 and €23,000 by Oxford University. Through my savings and a student loan, I hope to secure before the summer enough money to cover my living expenses for the year: these coming months, I will hear whether or not I can borrow additional money from the Dutch government and/or secure a scholarship from the University of Oxford itself. I am also lucky enough to have received an incredibly generous donation from a loved one, a donation which will fund an important part of my tuition fee. However, I officially still need around €7,000 to make this Oxford dream a reality and, since a non-refundable tuition fee deposit is already to be paid mid-April, I would need greater financial security before accepting my offer from Oxford. Any help is therefore more than welcome: giving a small or big donation, sharing this page with your loved ones and/or network, or simply sending a cheerful message!
Absolutely all funds gathered will be used for my education.
Thank you once again for taking the time to read this message!