Graduate access programmes for under-represented groups at Oxford

Applications are now open for some exceptional opportunities designed to introduce students from under-represented backgrounds to graduate study. The opportunities are made possible through the University of Oxford's 2021 graduate access programmes: UNIQ+, UNIQ+ Digital and the Wellcome Biomedical Vacation Scholarships. 

Diversity is essential in advancing intellectual endeavours, and Reuben College strongly encourages all those who are considering postgraduate level study to take full advantage of these programmes to explore its possibilities.

Over 50 paid research internships will be available through UNIQ+ remote internships and the Wellcome Biomedical Vacation Scholarships (Wellcome BVS) this summer.

Designed for talented individuals from areas and groups under-represented at postgraduate level in the UK, these internships offer research experience with Oxford’s world-class academic community through six-week research projects in a wide range of subject areas.

UNIQ+ Digital will also offer over 100 places on a free, flexible and fully online programme of mentoring, events and digital content, connecting participants to our research community for insight into graduate study and support in making an application.  

Eligible students will need to be UK-resident and studying in at least the second year of (or have graduated from) an undergraduate course in the UK or Ireland. They will also need to meet at least one of the key eligibility criteria from a list designed to identify applicants who are less likely to access postgraduate education due to socio-economic and financial circumstances.

Applications are now open. The deadline is 12 midday on Friday 19 March 2021. 

For eligibility criteria, subject areas and how to apply, plus a link to the online application form, visit the Graduate Access webpages:  

About 2021 graduate access programmes

  • UNIQ+ internships will be offered remotely in 2021
    To ensure that research projects can be delivered as planned, UNIQ+ internships will be offered on a remote basis for 2021.
  • Research projects are available in a wide range of subjects, across all academic divisions
    Graduate access programmes now offer projects in a wider range of subject areas, including a small number of projects in Humanities and Social Sciences. 
  • Additional places available
    33 students took part in the previous residential cohort in 2019. This year, we are able to offer around 50 paid research internships, with over 100 places available on the UNIQ+ Digital programme. 
  • New UNIQ+ Digital part-time programme 
    UNIQ+ Digital was first offered in 2020 after UNIQ+ internships were not able to go ahead due to the pandemic. The programme offers a part-time programme of mentoring, events and digital content to support and encourage prospective students from under-represented groups. 

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Read our Reuben College statement on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion