The University of Oxford will continue to offer Formula 1 Engineering Scholarships to talented undergraduate students from under-represented backgrounds until 2025. The successful scholarship programme sees Formula 1 support two students each year for the duration of their degrees.

The Formula 1 Engineering Scholarship Programme was first announced by Formula 1 in 2020 as part of its pledge to increase diversity and inclusion in the motorsports industry. Oxford was one of six inaugural partner universities to benefit from the establishment of the initiative, which has so far enabled it to provide four fully funded scholarships to students undertaking the MEng in Engineering Science course.

Formula 1 Scholar Sean (right) works alongside his classmates on the MEng in Engineering Science. Photo by John Cairns

Following the initial success of the programme, the collaboration has been extended with a number of universities, including Oxford, for an additional three years. Oxford will award a further six scholarships over this period: two annually, up to and including the 2025/26 academic year.

Professor Ron Roy, Head of the Department of Engineering Science, said: ‘We are delighted that Formula 1’s generous contribution means we can continue to help talented students from under-represented backgrounds to benefit from a first-class engineering education at Oxford. We know that the scholarships are making a huge difference to undergraduates’ lives, enabling them to concentrate on their studies and participate fully in the Oxford experience. We are grateful to Formula 1 for supporting our aim to make engineering at Oxford – and beyond – more inclusive, diverse and representative of the wider population.’

As before, each new scholar will receive the full cost of their tuition, together with a living stipend, for the duration of their four-year degree. They will also have the opportunity to undertake work experience with one of the ten Formula 1 teams during their second year of study.

Second-year undergraduate Sean was one of the first students to receive a Formula 1 Engineering Scholarship at Oxford, having previously attended a state-funded Academy Trust selective school in Warwickshire. He said: ‘This scholarship has a massive impact on my life. It means that I do not have to stress about my financial situation, which allows me to concentrate on making the most of my university experience. I can dedicate more quality time to my studies and it allows me to get involved in various events and opportunities from sport to socialising, without worrying about the financial aspect.’

Fabbiha, who also joined Oxford as a Formula 1 Scholar in 2021, added: ‘I cannot express what this scholarship programme means to me. Not only does it provide me with financial freedom to try my best at engineering, but more than that, it provides me with the skills and information I will need beyond university to do well.’

Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, said: ‘We are incredibly pleased that F1 will continue to offer the Formula 1 Engineering Scholarship to promising students from under-represented groups. Formula 1 is all about taking direct action to make lasting change. Since Chase Carey’s generous donation in 2020, we have expanded the scholarship programme and now provide financial and career support to 20 students. We will continue to honour our commitment to increasing diversity within our incredible sport and providing opportunities to the next generation of talented students.’

Oxford’s Formula 1 Engineering Scholarships are open to Black and minority ethnic undergraduate offer holders from low-income UK households, and an independent selection process is used to determine the recipients.

Visit the Department of Engineering Science website to learn more about the MEng in Engineering Science and read an interview with Formula 1 Scholar Sean.

Information about applying to Oxford, including an application timetable for 2024 entry, can be found on the University’s undergraduate admissions pages.