African Graduate Thrive Fund

The African Graduate Thrive Fund (AGTF) Fund provides awards of up to £500 to African graduate students currently studying at the University of OxfordThe Fund supports African graduate students to pursue activities that will ensure the viability of academic projects, meet unexpected and urgent financial circumstances and support, urgent needs that might be considered appropriate by the award committee. 

Applications should include a clear statement of the circumstances that necessitate the need for funding, the amount required, as well as how the fund will be used. Applicants may, ithey wish, include statement from a mentortutor or supervisor in support of their application. Information provided in the application will be treated with utmost confidentiality.  

While the circumstances leading to an application will vary where applicable it would be useful for applicants to explain the need, your current circumstances and any steps you have taken or funding sought to address this.  

The Fund has been established with the supported of Mr Thomas Svanikier, through the African Studies Centre International Advisory Board. 

Other sources of support for students financial and in terms of wellbeing are available at the University and Colleges. Details of these can be found on the University’s websiteYour College is able to offer advice on the support for which you could apply. 


  • African graduate students at the University of Oxford who are ordinarily resident and have spent a significant part of their life in any African country before their admission to the University. 
  • The Fund will support students during their course of study.  Students who have not yet started their studies or who have already completed their studies are not eligible.   
  • Students must be able to demonstrate in their statement of support that they are in need of financial assistance. 
  • Students will not be able to reapply for the fund within the same academic year. 

How to apply

Applications are open all year round. Applications will be assessed by the funding committee at the following times a year 

Hilary – Week 3 – Friday 5th February 2021. 

Trinity – Week 1 – Friday 30th April 2021. 

Summer – 23rd July 2021.  

Michaelmas – Week 2 – Friday 29th October 2021.  

Urgent applications can be considered between meetings 

To submit an application please download the application form (link below), complete and return to 

 Thrive Fund Application form

Notification of the Outcome and Reporting

You will be notified about the outcome of your application via email.

Awarded students will be required to submit a brief report of the how the support has helped them by the end of the academic year. These anonymised reports, where appropriate and with the student’s permission, will form part of the Funds report to the funder. 

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