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

About

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 2023-24 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 £16,062 per year). Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for your course.

Eligibility

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 2023-24 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:

  • All Souls College
  • Balliol College
  • Blavatnik School of Government
  • Bluebell Capital Partners 
  • Brasenose College
  • Christ Church College
  • Corpus Christi College
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Earth Sciences
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Materials
  • Exeter College
  • Faculty of History
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Music
  • Green Templeton College
  • Harris Manchester College
  • Humanities Division
  • Jane Street Graduate Scholarships in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science
  • Jesus College
  • Kellogg College
  • Lady Margaret Hall
  • Linacre College
  • Magdalen College
  • Mansfield College
  • Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division
  • Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Doctoral Training Centres
  • Medical Sciences Division 
  • Merton College
  • New College 
  • Nuffield College
  • Oriel College
  • Oxford Department of International Development
  • Pembroke College and the Mathematical Institute
  • Reuben College
  • Said Business School
  • School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography
  • Social Sciences Division
  • St Anne’s College
  • St Antony's College
  • St Cross College
  • St Hilda’s College
  • The Queen’s College
  • University College
  • Valerie Moran 
  • Wadham College
  • Worcester College

Refugee Academic Futures

The Refugee Academic Futures scheme will offer financial support to pursue graduate study at Oxford to students who are refugees or other people with lived experience of displacement.

Thanks to the generous support of funding partners across the University and colleges, as well as support from the student members of the University of Oxford and the Oxford University Student Union, the University has been able to offer scholarships to refugees and other forced migrants since the 2016-2017 academic year. These awards have been offered through the Oxford Student Refugee Campaign and the Oxford Refugee Scheme, and will now be incorporated into the Academic Futures programme, through the creation of the Refugee Academic Futures scheme.

The scholarships are open to all academic subjects. Each scholarship will cover your course fees and will provide you a grant for living costs at the UKRI rate (at least £16,062 per year). Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for your course. Scholars will be offered opportunities to receive mentoring and a bespoke programme of pre-arrival and on course support.

Financial support for Ukraine Refugees

The Graduate Scholarship Scheme for Ukraine Refugees is a separate scholarship scheme that offers full financial support to pursue graduate study at Oxford for those who have been displaced within or outside Ukraine.

Eligibility

The Refugee Academic Futures scholarships are available for applicants who have been displaced due to conflict, persecution, or other serious human rights violations or deprivations, whether within or outside their country of origin, and who hold an offer for either a one year full-time or two year part-time master’s degree, starting in the 2023-24 academic year.

These scholarships support students across the University and are open to all subject areas.

Applying for the Refugee Academic Futures scheme

We will contact you to ask you to apply for these scholarships if you have: (1) applied for an eligible course by the relevant November, December or January application deadline for your course and received an offer; and (2) indicated that you are a refugee/displaced when you applied for your course. If you are eligible but did not complete the question on your course application about refugee/displaced status then you can still email us (via academic.futures@admin.ox.ac.uk) by 15th May 2023 to confirm that you wish to apply.

If you are eligible for these scholarships, you will be considered 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. Applicants who have received an eligible course offer and are eligible will be assessed for the scholarship through a cross-divisional selection process, based on academic merit and potential.
  2. 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.
  3. If you are offered, and accept, a 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 June.

Funding partners

Refugee Academic Futures scheme awards are co-funded between the colleges, university and students of the University of Oxford.

The support of generous donors to the University and colleges is crucial to enabling the further expansion of scholarship support for refugee scholars from around the world.

Was this page useful?*