A new scholarship programme at Oxford will increase the number of women from low- and middle-income countries who take up offers to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects at postgraduate level. The programme, which will provide support for 30 taught master’s students over a period of five years, has been made possible by a donation from the Optiver Foundation.
The first Optiver Foundation Scholars will begin their studies at Oxford in October 2023. Scholars will join the Departments of Statistics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry and Engineering Science, or the Mathematical Institute, and will receive full financial support for their course fees, as well as a stipend to cover living costs. The donation will also enable the provision of tailored induction activities, mentoring and on-course support for the scholars.
Professor Martin Williams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education at Oxford, said:
We are delighted to be able to launch this fantastic new postgraduate scholarship programme and innovative pilot project at Oxford. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its student body as well as the diversity of perspectives in STEM subjects, and the Optiver Foundation’s donation will enable us to further accelerate our progress in this area by ensuring we target support at those who need it the most. We are very grateful for their generosity.
The Optiver Foundation is a non-profit organisation aimed at tackling some of the most pressing issues currently facing our planet and its inhabitants. It seeks to positively impact the environment and society by supporting projects and initiatives related to diversity, education, science and technology.
Read more on the story here. More information about the Optiver Foundation Scholarships will be available once the annual application window for postgraduate study at Oxford opens in September.