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Academic Futures
A photograph of Radcliffe Square at Dawn with the Academic Futures logo
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Academic Futures

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.

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

Student in front of the Radcliffe Camera
Student in front of the Radcliffe Camera
Image credit: Ashley Tsai / Graduate Photography Competition

Black Academic Futures Scholarships

The Black Academic Futures Scholarships launching 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.

The 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 scholarship is offered in partnership with the following partner colleges in the 2021-22 academic year: St Cross, Kellogg, Linacre, Green Templeton, Mansfield, Harris Manchester, Keble, Lady Margaret Hall, St Peter’s. 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 this scholarship, 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.

Selection is expected to take place in April 2021.

Further information

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us through our online form.