The scholarship, launched for 2020 entry, is available to UK undergraduates of Black African and Caribbean heritage who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. The programme is funded by the generosity of Arlan Hamilton, an international entrepreneur assisting underrepresented business founders.
The Oxford-Arlan Hamilton & Earline Butler Sims Scholarship, named in part as a living tribute to Arlan’s mother, will provide one award for 2020 entry covering annual fees and living costs, and an internship grant to support a placement opportunity during a scholar's course. One scholarship will also be available for 2021 entry and for 2022 entry.
Am I eligible?
|Nationality and Residency:||Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK and of Black African or Caribbean heritage (including applicants of mixed race with Black African or Black Caribbean heritage)|
|Level of study:||Undergraduate. Applications will not be considered from those applying for a second undergraduate degree.|
|Year of study:||New students|
|Subject:||All subjects in the course listing|
The scholarship, available to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, will be awarded taking into account the following criteria:
What does it cover?
|Duration:||3 or 4 years depending on course length. Students undertaking a six-year medical degree would only receive funding for the first four years of the course.|
|Value:||Course fees (at the Home rate) and a grant towards living costs. An internship grant of up to £3,000 will also be available during the scholar's course.|
|Number:||One award will be available for 2020 entry.|
How do I apply?
- You must make an application to the University of Oxford for an undergraduate course through UCAS by 15 October 2019, and be successful in gaining a place for entry in 2020.
- If you have been offered a place at the University of Oxford for an undergraduate course for 2020 entry, you should read the Guidance notes (please see ‘Related documents’ on this page) and complete the application form online (please see ‘Related websites’ on this page) by 12 noon (UK time) on 17 June 2020
- The selection process will be undertaken in early summer 2020.
- Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application in late July 2020.
- Applicants will be required to have applied to the Student Finance agency in their home region (England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) for an assessment of their household income and to have agreed for household income to be shared with the University of Oxford.* If an applicant is successful in their scholarship application it is their responsibility to cancel their Student Finance loan support.
- Priority will be given to applicants whose household income is assessed as £27,500 or less. Applicants with a household income of between £27,500 and £42,875 may also apply.
- Scholars will be expected to write a report at the end of their first term as well as an annual report about their academic and social activities, and achievements at the University.
- Receipt of the award in subsequent years is subject to satisfactory academic progress which will be monitored through your termly tutorial reports.
- Scholars will not be assessed to receive an Oxford Bursary or Crankstart Scholarship (formerly Moritz-Heyman) in addition to the Oxford-Arlan Hamilton and Earline Butler Sims Scholarship, as the living costs grant already includes an element of Oxford support.
- Any other external sources of funding may be taken into account in determining the value of the Scholarship.
*UK-resident students who are not eligible to receive government support (tuition fee loans and/or maintenance loans/grants) may apply for the scholarship if they meet all other eligibility criteria. In such a case, students would still be required to submit material allowing their household income to be assessed and should note that the maximum contribution to their course fees would be at a level equivalent to the fee rate for Home/EU students (£9,250) in 2020/21.