The Alexander Crummell Scholarships
at Queens' College, Cambridge

October 2022 & 2023 entry:
- five science Master's scholarships
- five science PhD scholarships
- one Master's scholarship in Arts/Humanities/Social Science
- three PhD Scholarships in Arts/Humanities/Social Science

Photo of The first Alexander Crummell MPhil and PhD Scholars

The first Alexander Crummell MPhil and PhD Scholars

The first Alexander Crummell MPhil and PhD Scholars

The Alexander Crummell Master's & PhD Scholarships are exciting new opportunities for UK-based students who would not otherwise have the means to consider continuing on to postgraduate level study. They are "full ride" scholarships i.e. fees and maintenance costs.

The College has, since 2020, created 17 new postgraduate scholarships (full cost) in science and arts-based subjects for UK-domiciled candidates from "access" backgrounds.

Anyone can apply if they fulfil the criteria. Candidates must join Queens' College for their postgraduate courses in order to benefit from these scholarships.

Scholars will receive

  • Full funding, covering fees and living expenses;
  • Mentoring during their time here from our Fellows; and
  • Support as they apply for further academic courses or for post-university employment.
Photo of The MPhil and PhD Alexander Crummell Scholars for 2021

The MPhil and PhD Alexander Crummell Scholars for 2021

The MPhil and PhD Alexander Crummell Scholars for 2021

These Scholarships are particularly intended for candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds or those currently under-represented at the University. These candidates will be identified using established criteria, including those currently used for undergraduate admissions.


How to apply:

The Scholarships are open to all students intending to commence a MPhil or PhD in a science or arts-based subject.

The following documents should be sent to the Admissions Team at Queens’ College: graduate.office@queens.cam.ac.uk 

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of the post graduate Research Proposal
  • A statement of eligibility and why students wish to be considered for the award of an Alexander Crummell Scholarship. This should be no more than one side of A4.

Three Official Fellows will be overseeing the interview process and admission of the Scholars. These are: Dr Jane Garrison (Admissions Tutor), Dr Edwige Moyroud (Niccoli Fellow in Natural Sciences), and Dr Andy Rice (Hassabis Fellow in Computer Science).

For further details, please contact Dr Jane Garrison at graduate.office@queens.cam.ac.uk.

Please note: these will not be available for students reading Part III of the Natural Sciences Tripos, in continuation of their undergraduate studies.


About Alexander Crummell

Alexander Crummell (1819-98) became a student at Queens' College and was the first black person to receive a degree from the University of Cambridge. He went on to become one of the finest black American writers before the twentieth century. He became a leading figure in the movement for black rights and was active in this cause at different times in the United States, Britain and Africa.

Read more about Alexander Crummell in The Queens' College Record.

These scholarships have been provided by generous donors to the College - we are most grateful to them.

Photo of Alexander Crummell, Queens' College

Photo of Alexander Crummell - this particular photo is hanging up in the President's Lodge

Photo of Alexander Crummell - this particular photo is hanging up in the President's Lodge

Queens' College UG Graduation - Summer 2021
Queens' UG graduation - Summer 2021