Black Academic Futures Programme and BAME Humanities Scholarships at St Cross


St Cross College is delighted to be taking part in the Black Academic Futures Programme, a major new scholarship scheme for Black graduate students at the University of Oxford. 

The scheme aims to transform the University's graduate population and address under-representation by creating more funding opportunities for Black UK graduate students, who are particularly under-represented at Oxford (around 1.5% of postgraduate students compared with 4% across the UK sector).

Professor Martin Williams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education at the University of Oxford, said: 

The University has made important steps in recognising and addressing the issue of graduate access and specifically the under-representation of Black students in academia in recent years, with a broad range of divisional, departmental and college initiatives, including scholarships. I am thrilled to announce The Black Academic Futures programme - the next step towards our vision of ensuring over time that finance is not a barrier to educational opportunity or pursuing graduate study at Oxford, and living up to our commitment to embody true inclusion.

The Black Academic Futures programme will provide up to 10 new scholarships to Black UK research students starting studies at Oxford from 2021, and St Cross College is delighted to be welcoming one of these scholars. 

The College is also pleased to be able to continue its collaboration with the Humanities Division in offering financial support to UK students from a BAME background applying for a Master's Degree. By collaborating with the wider University, St Cross is keen to play its part in addressing the under-representation of BAME voices and experiences in Oxford's postgraduate community.