Refugee Academic Futures scholarships


South East



Type of opportunity

University scholarship

Closed for 2024
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University of Oxford

About this opportunity

The Refugee Academic Futures scholarships will offer financial support to pursue graduate study at University of Oxford to students from anywhere in the world who are refugees or other people with lived experience of displacement.

The graduate-level scholarships are open to all academic subjects. Each scholarship will cover your course fees and will provide you with a grant for living costs. Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for your course. Scholars will be offered opportunities to receive mentoring and a bespoke programme of pre-arrival and on course support.

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Level of Study

  • Master’s - Taught
  • Master’s - Research


Asylum seeker, Refugee status, Humanitarian protection, Temporary refugee permission, Limited or Discretionary Leave to Remain (private/family life), Indefinite Leave to Remain, Ukraine schemes, British National (Overseas), Other forms of sanctuary (including Calais Leave, Section 67 Leave, UASC leave and Stateless Leave), Other

Other eligibility criteria

1) Note that Ukrainian applicants should consider looking at the University of Oxford Ukraine Scheme University of Sanctuary

2) Displaced scholars from Africa should look into the Mastercard Foundation Scholars programme run by AfOx University of Sanctuary

Additional notes about eligibility criteria

The Refugee Academic Futures graduate scholarships are available for applicants who have been displaced due to conflict, persecution, or other serious human rights violations or deprivations, whether within or outside their country of origin, and who hold an offer for either a one year full-time or two year part-time master’s degree, starting in the 2023-24 academic year. Students will automatically be considered for these scholarships when they apply to degrees at the University of Oxford. Requirements for individual degrees will vary.

Please note: We aim to create an inclusive learning environment that is rich in diversity. We strongly encourage applications from individuals in social groups that are under-represented in this space, including, but not limited to LGBTQI+, gender non-conforming, women, and disabled candidates.

What is included in this opportunity?

  • Fee Waiver (no fees)
  • Accommodation
  • Full bursary (study costs and full living costs)
  • Partial bursary (study costs and partial living costs)
  • Study costs (books, travel, etc.)

Other support provided

There is no application fee necessary to apply to the University of Oxford, nor to this scheme. Different scholarships that are available through the Refugee Academic Futures scheme will have different benefits associated with them. All will cover course fees, and most will provide a full bursary for living costs and accommodation. Please check for specifics.

Additional notes about support provided

The Refugee-Led Research Hub (RLRH), a project at the University of Oxford, has set up a graduate application support programme, OGASS, which can offer assistance for prospective candidates. Be in touch with RLRH over email for support:

Types of study available

  • Online
  • Part-time / flexible
  • Full-time

Additional details about application process

We will contact you to ask you to apply for these scholarships if you have:
(1) applied for an eligible course by the relevant November, December or January application deadline for your course and received an offer; and ,br>(2) indicated that you are a refugee/displaced when you applied for your course. If you are eligible but did not complete the question on your course application about refugee/displaced status then you can still email us by 15th May 2023 to confirm that you wish to apply.

If you are eligible for these scholarships, you will be considered regardless of which college (if any) you state as your preference on your graduate application form. However, some of these awards are only tenable at specific colleges and successful applicants will be transferred to the relevant college in order to take up the scholarship if applicable.

Is this opportunity available for individuals outside of the UK?


For further questions contact the scholarship provider

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