Radcliffe Camera in Radcliffe Square Oxford at dawn with Academic Futures logo
Radcliffe Square at Dawn
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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.

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 offer UK Black and Mixed-Black students financial support to pursue graduate study at Oxford.

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

Credit: Ashley Tsai / Graduate Photography Competition

Thanks to the generous support of funding partners across the University and colleges, the scholarship is expanding in scope and scale for the 2022-23 academic year, with more dedicated awards available for eligible candidates than ever before. To date, funding to make up to 30 awards has been offered by partners from across the University and colleges. The scholarships are open to all academic subjects.

Each scholarship will cover your course fees in full and will provide you a grant for living costs at the UKRI rate (at least £15,609 per year). Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for your course.


Up to 30 scholarships are available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, who are of Black or Mixed-Black ethnicity and who hold an offer for either a taught or research postgraduate degree, starting in the 2022-23 academic year. This includes all full-time and part-time DPhil and master’s courses.

These scholarships support students across the University and are open to all subject areas, with some funding dedicated to supporting students on specific courses.

Applying for the Black Academic Futures scholarships

To apply for the Black Academic Futures Scholarship, all you have to do is submit your completed graduate course application, including ethnicity information, by either the December or January deadline (whichever is relevant for your course) and you will automatically be considered. You do not need to submit any additional documents and there is no separate scholarship application form for these awards.

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

What happens after you apply?

  1. Your application to your course will be considered by the academics working in your proposed field of study. The department will notify you with an outcome. See our decision timeline for more details.
  2. All applicants who are receive a course offer and are eligible for Black Academic Futures will be assessed for the scholarship through a cross-divisional selection process, based on academic merit and potential.
  3. Successful candidates will be contacted with a scholarship offer. Final college placements will also be confirmed for awards that are tenable at specific colleges only.
  4. If you are offered, and accept, a Black Academic Futures Scholarship, this means your funding is now secure as long as you meet the conditions of your offer of a place to study at Oxford.

All successful applicants will be contacted by email and the majority of offers are sent out in May.

Funding partners

These scholarships are generously supported by:

Headline funding partners

Funding partners

  • School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography
  • Balliol College
  • Blavatnik School of Government
  • Brasenose College
  • Christ Church College
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Earth Sciences
  • Harris Manchester College
  • Oxford Department of International Development
  • Jesus College
  • Kellogg College
  • Lady Margaret Hall
  • Linacre College
  • Department of Materials
  • Medical Sciences Division
  • Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division
  • Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Doctoral Training Centres
  • Faculty of Music
  • New College
  • Social Sciences Division
  • St Anne’s College
  • St Cross College
  • St Hilda’s College
  • The Queen’s College
  • Wadham College
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