Scholarship & Access

Our Approach

The Scholarship and Access Portfolio is a sub-committee of the Oxford University Africa Society, focused on increasing access to African students to Oxford University. The Scholarship and Access team has focused on deconstructing the perception that Oxford is an “un-African” and inaccessible university. Too many worthy African students self-exclude – the first step to improving access is breaking down these self-selection mechanisms. Towards the same end, the Scholarship and Access Portfolio is currently running a mentorship programme involving approximately 35 prospective African applicants, who have been matched with current African Oxford students or alumni, and are supported throughout the application and funding process by these mentors. The final frontier of the Scholarship and Access Portfolio’s mission is increasing the funding available to Africans at Oxford. Towards this aim they are partnering with the Africa Oxford Initiative, and are hoping to help facilitate new funding partnerships and attract new sources of funding in the near future.

Meet the Team

The Scholarship and Access Portfolio is a sub-committee of the Oxford University Africa Society, focused on increasing access to African students to Oxford University. Read more about the team members.

Frank Tiany

Cameroonian, Msc Global Health Science and Epidemiology

Temitope Oluwaseyi Ishola

Nigerian, Msc African Studies

Mentorship Program for Prospective students

One of the primary objectives of our society is to increase the number of African students at the University of Oxford. We support prospective applicants from Africa or with African background through assistance during their application process. We can match candidates with fellow African students who have studied or are studying at Oxford in the same academic area.

This may be of significant importance for students arriving at the Oxford for the first time. Having a friend on arrival can help facilitate many things!

What the Scheme offers:

  1. Match with a mentor in Oxford of similar regional background / in similar study field
  2. Review of application documents to provide tentative feedback
  3. Support with questions about the academic programmes and life in Oxford

What the Scheme does not offer:

  1. Filling application form
  2. Writing essays
  3. Payment of application fees
  4. Funding
  5. Guarantee of an offer of a place
  6. Binding feedback on your application

We encourage you to apply at the University of Oxford. If you are interested in this programme, please contact us for any inquiry, or to help us help you