Financial aid for current students

African Graduate Support Fund

The African Graduate Support Fund provides awards of up to £2000 to African graduate students currently studying at the University of Oxford. 


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, if they wish, include a statement from a mentor, tutor 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 for support, their current circumstances and any steps taken or funding sought to address these circumstances.  

Cuppy Africa Oxford Scholars Fund

Cuppy Africa Oxford Scholars Fund provides awards of up to £2000 to African graduate students currently studying at the University of Oxford. Cuppy studied at Oxford between 2021 and 2022, successfully undertaking an MSc in African Studies and is one of the foremost DJs in Africa. DJ Cuppy’s philanthropic endeavours include supporting a range of organisations tackling critical issues such as child protection and education for girls and persons with disabilities. 

The Cuppy Africa Oxford Scholars Fund aims to support future leaders from the continent by enabling them to access the necessary skills, resources and networks to maximise their impact across Africa and beyond. It will support African graduate students at the University to meet unexpected and urgent financial needs.

The new Cuppy Africa Oxford Scholars Fund will offer additional support to meet the needs of the most vulnerable students, including those with any form of disability and students with caring responsibilities.



Thrive Fund

The African Graduate Thrive Fund (AGTF) Fund provides awards of up to £2000 to African graduate students currently studying at the University of Oxford. The Fund supports African graduate students to meet unexpected and urgent financial circumstances and support urgent needs that might be considered appropriate by the award committee. 

The Fund has been established by Mr Thomas Svanikier and supported through the African Studies Centre International Advisory Board. 

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


  • 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.

The committee have not supported applications where it was felt the requests fell outside the remit of the fund or that there were other more appropriate sources of support in the University.  
These have included applications; 

  • To take courses not related to the students studies.  
  • To  attending academic conferences where departmental support exists. 
  • To support fieldwork where departmental support exists.  
  • To support research costs where departmental support exists. 

How to apply

Applications are accepted and will be assessed by the funding committee at the following times a year.  

  • Michaelmas – Week 8 - Wednesday 6th December 2023
  • Hilary – Week 3 – Friday 2nd February 2024
  • Trinity – Week 1 – Friday 26th April 2024

Urgent applications can be considered between meetings.  

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

We may contact you to voluntarily provide feedback on the impact of the Thrive fund support.

Notification of the Outcome and Reporting

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

Kindly take note that in the event of being granted an award, it is important to be aware that the payment process may take some time to complete. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.