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. These are "full ride" scholarships meaning that all fees and maintenance costs are covered.

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.

Dr Mohamed El-Erian discusses how these scholarships can change the lives of students who wish to continue on to postgraduate level study at Cambridge without the means to.

Meet our first Scholars

In October, Queens' welcomed the first recipients of the scholarship: Tomi Akingbade (PhD), Adil Mian (MPhil) and Chloe Sainsbury (MPhil).

Dr Mohamed El-Erian chats with Tomi on being the first Alexander Crummell PhD Scholar and why she applied for the scheme.

Photo of The MPhil and PhD Alexander Crummell Scholars for 2021

Tomi Akingbade (PhD), Chloe Sainsbury (MPhil) and Adil Mian (MPhil)

Tomi Akingbade (PhD), Chloe Sainsbury (MPhil) and Adil Mian (MPhil)

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.

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.

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

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: 

  • 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

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) studied at Queens' College and was the first black student 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 equality 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.

Alexander Crummell

This particular photo is hanging up in the Essex Room of the President's Lodge

This particular photo is hanging up in the Essex Room of the President's Lodge

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