Cambridge University and Aziz Foundation launch scholarships for British Muslims

Wolfson College, one of the most diverse colleges of the University of Cambridge, and the Aziz Foundation, one of the largest postgraduate funding bodies in the UK, have announced a new scholarship programme to support postgraduate education for students from British Muslim communities.

The joint initiative seeks to address the underrepresentation of British Muslims in postgraduate programmes by offering financial assistance to exceptionally talented and deserving individuals from this community to study at Wolfson College in the University of Cambridge.

With the strong belief that education should be accessible to all, Wolfson College and the Aziz Foundation are determined to break down barriers and empower more British Muslim students to reach their full potential.

The scholarships will cover the cost of tuition fees for full-time and part-time postgraduate courses at the University of Cambridge which align with the Aziz Foundation’s priority areas, including Law, Policy, Journalism and Media, Arts & Culture, Sustainability, Technology and Sports.

Wolfson College President, Professor Jane Clarke, said: “Education is the most important gift anyone can bestow.  In funding these scholarships, the Aziz Foundation is offering a precious opportunity for members of the British Muslim community to join scholars from across the world to study here in Wolfson College, Cambridge. We promise that ‘if you come to Wolfson, you will learn to see the world in a different way.’  We look forward to welcoming the first Aziz Foundation scholars to
Cambridge in October.”

With an ambition to foster diversity, inclusivity, and equal opportunities within higher education, the collaboration aligns with the mission and values of both institutions.

 Wolfson College, one of only three University of Cambridge colleges specifically for mature undergraduates (21+) and postgraduate students, is an international, egalitarian, and inclusive college – its student body represents almost a hundred countries, with 40%identifying as Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic (BAME).

The Aziz Foundation, a prominent charitable organisation committed to empowering British Muslims and promoting positive social change, shares a common vision of equal opportunities in education and beyond.

Ibrahim Mohammed, Influencer ‘Ibz Mo’, an alumnus of Wolfson College, and an Aziz Foundation Alumnus and Communications Manager, expressed his immense pride in the collaboration: “In 2017, I established the BME officer position at Wolfson, and have since been actively involved in promoting inclusivity and access to Oxbridge through social media and access programmes.

Ibrahim Mohammed: a Wolfson College and Aziz Foundation alumnus

“Serving as the Wolfson Student Vice-President in 2018, I hold cherished memories of the College funded Ramadan iftars and the accommodations made for the Muslim community.

 “Four years after graduating, I am amazed at Wolfson’s progress.

Furthermore, having been both an Aziz Foundation scholar and intern and now currently working for the Aziz Foundation, I have witnessed the remarkable generosity and sustainable impact of the Aziz Foundation. Given this context, the collaboration feels natural, and I am thrilled to have played a significant role in it, all thanks to the Aziz Foundations’ generous support, aided by Wolfson College.”

In addition to financial support, the scholarship recipients will have access to a range of resources, mentorship opportunities, and networking events provided by the Aziz Foundation. 

 This comprehensive support system will enable them to thrive academically, develop leadership skills, and make a positive impact on their communities and society as a whole.

Applications for the Aziz Foundation Postgraduate Scholarships are now open and close at midday on 30 June 2023. 

Further details, including eligibility criteria and application procedures, can be found on the Aziz Foundation website:


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