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University of Oxford-Orjiako Graduate Scholarship For African Students, UK 2024

Application is now open for the University of Oxford-Orjiako Graduate Scholarship. Interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About the University of Oxford and Scholarship

The University of Oxford, situated in Oxford, England, stands as a venerable collegiate research institution with a rich history. It can trace its educational roots back to as early as 1096, earning the distinction of being the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s second-oldest continuously operational university. Its rapid growth was spurred in 1167 when Henry II prohibited English students from attending the University of Paris. Subsequently, a dispute between students and Oxford townspeople in 1209 led to the migration of some academics to the northeast, where they founded the University of Cambridge. These two ancient English universities, Oxford and Cambridge, share numerous common features and are collectively referred to as Oxbridge.

The University of Oxford comprises thirty-nine semi-autonomous constituent colleges, four permanent private halls, and a variety of academic departments grouped into four divisions. Each college functions as an autonomous entity within the university, managing its membership, internal structure, and activities. All students are affiliated with a college. Unlike many universities, Oxford lacks a central campus, with its buildings and facilities dispersed throughout the city center. Undergraduate education at Oxford encompasses a blend of lectures, small-group tutorials held at the colleges and halls, seminars, laboratory work, and occasionally additional tutorials offered by the central university faculties and departments. Postgraduate education primarily follows a centralized model.


Oxford consistently earns top placements in global university rankings and currently holds the first position worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and Forbes’s World University Rankings. For eleven consecutive years, it secured the number one spot in the Times Good University Guide, and the university’s medical school has maintained the top rank in the “Clinical, Pre-Clinical & Health” category of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for the past seven years.

In 2021, it was ranked sixth globally in the SCImago Institutions Rankings. The Times Higher Education (THE) has recognized Oxford as one of the world’s “six super brands” in its World Reputation Rankings, alongside Berkeley, Cambridge, Harvard, MIT, and Stanford. Furthermore, the university occupies the fifth position worldwide in the US News ranking, while its Saïd Business School ranked 13th globally in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking.

This scholarship initiative is generously funded by Dr. Bryant Orjiako, aligning with Oxford’s commitment to fostering significant opportunities across Africa. The scholarship endowment establishes a novel African MBA scholarship that welcomes students from across the entire African continent. It represents the first of its kind at the university. If the scholarship remains unawarded to an applicant who applies by the specified date, candidates applying by the final MBA application deadline of May 17, 2024, may also be considered. Nevertheless, early application is encouraged.

Details about the University of Oxford-Orjiako Graduate Scholarship:

Scholarship Sponsor: Dr. Bryant Orjiako/University of Oxford, UK

Scholarship Value: Course fees and a grant for living costs of at least £17,668

Number of awards: 1

Study level: Postgraduate

Host Institution(s): University of Oxford, UK

Eligibility Criteria for the University of Oxford-Orjiako Graduate Scholarship

African-national MBA students at Oxford who often reside in an African nation

Selection Criteria

  • Given out by academic success as evidenced by GMAT or GRE scores, degree results, prior university honors and awards, and other academic accomplishments. 
  • Evidence of having aided in the development of Africa and evidence that one intends to do so in the future.

Application Procedure for the University of Oxford-Orjiako Graduate Scholarship

There is no need for an extra application. Your MBA application form contains data that the university will use.

The Submission Deadline is: January 5, 2024

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