Radcliffe Camera in Radcliffe Square Oxford at dawn with Academic Futures logo
Radcliffe Square at Dawn
Image credit: Elizabeth Nyikos / Graduate Photography Competition

Academic futures


Academic Futures is a series of scholarship programmes that will address under-representation and help improve equality, diversity and inclusion in our graduate student body.

Please note that applications for entry in 2021-22 are now closed. Updated information for entry in the next admissions cycle will be available from September 2021.

The University relies on bringing the very best minds from across the world together, whatever their race, gender, religion or background to create new ideas, insights and innovations to change the world for the better.

The information on this page is provided in addition to information about the full range of options for funding graduate study at Oxford, which can be found in our dedicated Fees and funding section.

Black Academic Futures

The Black Academic Futures scholarships, which launched in 2020, will offer up to ten UK Black and Mixed-Black students financial support and an exciting new opportunity to pursue graduate study at Oxford.

Applications for this scholarship have now closed. Selection is expected to take place in April 2021.

Graduate student walks in front of the Radcliffe CameraGraduate student walks in front of the Radcliffe Camera

Credit: Ashley Tsai / Graduate Photography Competition

Each scholarship covers your course fees and will provide you a grant for your living costs at the UK research council rate (at least £15,285 per year). Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.

The scholarships are offered in partnership with the following partner colleges in the 2021-22 academic year:

The scholarships are jointly funded by the University and the colleges.


Up to ten full scholarships are available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, who are of Black, or Mixed-Black ethnicity and who are applying to a postgraduate research degree (any full-time or part-time doctoral course, including combined master’s and doctoral programmes ie 1+3 programmes where admission is granted to both courses at the outset).

Applying for the Black Academic Futures scholarships

To apply for the Black Academic Futures scholarships, all you have to do is submit your completed application (including ethnicity information) by the January deadline for your course and you’ll automatically be considered.

If you are eligible for these scholarships, you will be considered automatically regardless of which college (if any) you state as your preference on the graduate application form. However, successful applicants will be transferred to the relevant partner college in order to take up the scholarship.

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