Supporting word-class training for African students at Oxford


By 2050 the majority of the world’s student age population will be in Africa. African graduates and researchers will play a key role in contributing to the future of not just the continent, but the world. We are taking a multi-pronged approach aimed at increasing the number of successful African applications, improving the update of offers by supporting scholarships and providing on-course support to African graduates at Oxford.

Scholarships for African students at Oxford

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The AfOx Graduate Scholarships aim to provide outstanding African graduates the opportunity to undertake a fully funded Masters degree at the University of Oxford. Going beyond providing course fees and living costs, the AfOx scholarships deliver tailor made training programmes, networking opportunities and support for students before, during and following their time at Oxford. 

View the list of scholars here

AfOx Scholarships Selection Process

September-January- Apply for the relevant course by the earliest deadline. When selecting a college, make sure that you select AfOx Partner Colleges. To begin your application, please click here to learn more about courses, fees and funding, and applying to Oxford. 

Late March – If you are eligible for consideration, you will receive an email from Student Fees and Funding with an invitation to complete a Microsoft Form application

Early April – Deadline for the Microsoft Form applications to be submitted

April-May – Application review process

Late May – Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified that they have not been successful in their application.

Early June – Interviews take place (online via Zoom)

Late June/Early July – Interview outcomes will be communicated to all candidates. Successful candidates will receive an offer letter from Student Fees and Funding and a letter from AfOx with further information.

AfOx Graduate Scholarships Partners

The AfOx Graduate Scholars are offered in collaboration with Mastercard Foundation, Standard Bank Africa's Chairman Scholarship, Oppenheimer Fund, Kennedy Institute, St Hugh's College and Reuben College. 

AfOx Graduate Admissions Support

We support the University of Oxford Africa Society's Mentoring Programme for prospective African applicants applying to Oxford through virtual open days and the AfriSoc Mentoring Scheme.

Thriving at Oxford

Our bespoke support programmes aim to ensure that African graduates don't just survive, but thrive in Oxford. 

Ubuntu Transitions





The Ubuntu Transitions period is both a personal growth and a career development opportunity, focussed on turning passion into action in a meaningful and impactful way. Through our vast network across the continent, AfOx matches African Oxford graduates with the appropriate people, firms and programs for experiential learning and making impactful contributions. Supported activities/projects include launching start-ups, working in corporates, start-ups, multinational development agencies, Governments, NGOs or research institutions. Placements in Africa-based institutions are preferred, although Africa-facing organisations outside the continent will also be considered.

The terms of the placements are tailored to meet the Scholars’ needs and aspirations as well as the host institutions’ priorities. The projects undertaken are required to align with the four AfOx themes (Healthy People, Green Futures, Integrated Societies, Innovation for Prosperity) and directly contribute to the improvement of society.

The Program provides a modest salary for 4-6 months upon completion of their studies, and a connection with Oxford will be maintained during their placements. Firms are welcome to extend the opportunity beyond the funded period. Upon completion, scholars must demonstrate that they have developed their technical, leadership and entrepreneurship skills to build and contribute to enterprises that create meaningful employment and drive positive change in Africa.

If you wish to participate, kindly send an email to