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.
- Increasing successful applications
- Thriving at Oxford
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.
We have recently developed a partnership with the Mastercard Foundation. The partnership is set to provide 400 young African scholars with a fully-funded opportunity to pursue taught Masters degrees in programmes related to pandemic preparedness and recovery at the University of Oxford. Click here for information about the Mastercard Foundation AfOx Scholarship.
We are also currently working with the Standard Bank Africa's Chairman Scholarship, Oppenheimer Fund, St Hugh's College and Reuben College to provide scholarships to African Masters students in Oxford.
View the list of scholars here
AfOx Scholarships Selection Process
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.
Virtual Open Day
Our livestream Q&A session features a panel of professors, admissions officers and students who share guidelines best tips for applying to Oxford.
AfriSoc Mentoring Scheme
We support the University of Oxford Africa Society's Mentoring Programme for prospective African applicants applying to Oxford. In the last academic year, 120 African applicants were mentored by 40 African graduates students currently studying at Oxford. The mentors lend their time and experience to help applicants with writing CV’s and personal letters, managing referees and identifying suitable scholarships.
Thriving at Oxford
Unofficial guide to Oxford
What does matriculation mean? Where can I get a good haircut?
Read our Unofficial Guide to Oxford where students, alumni and staff share top tips on navigating Oxford and the University.
Essay writing workshop
Adjusting to a new academic environment and style of writing can be challenging. At the start of every academic year we facilitate a writing workshop for students to discuss essay formats, dissertation writing, references and how to synthesise information.
Our DPhil round table brings together research students and academic supervisors to share guidance and best tips in undertaking a DPhil in Oxford.
The Thrive 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
Our graduate social mixers are an opportunity for African students to come together and interact with other students, alumni and staff in an informal and relaxed environment. The aim of the mixers are to help build a flourishing community, create networks and provide institutional support for African graduate students in Oxford.