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, from the academic year 2021-22 onwards.

While Oxford’s outstanding postgraduate students include a number of British students of Black African and Caribbean heritage, we recognise that they are currently under-represented at Oxford. They make up just 1.5% of UK graduate students undertaking doctoral research at the University, compared with 3.8% across higher education in the UK.

The Black Academic Futures scholarship programme aims to rapidly increase both applications from and funded places for well-qualified UK Black graduate students, reinforcing the University’s commitment to addressing race equality, and combatting discrimination.

The University has made important steps in recognising and addressing the issue of graduate access and specifically the under-representation of Black students in academia in recent years, with a broad range of divisional, departmental and college initiatives, including scholarships. The Black Academic Futures programme is the next step towards our vision of ensuring over time that finance is not a barrier to educational opportunity or pursuing graduate study at Oxford, and living up to our commitment to embody true inclusion.Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, Professor Martin Williams

Every gift, large or small, will have a life-changing impact not only on the individual, but in the wider world where our students will work and where their research will have an impact. We will match gifts with other donations and Oxford’s own funds to provide full financial support packages.