Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders: The CBCF-Oxford Partnership

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) stands at the forefront of advancing the global Black community. Since its inception in 1976, the CBCF has been a beacon of leadership development, policy advocacy, and public education. With a commitment to nurturing the next generation of Black leaders, the CBCF is proud to announce an unprecedented collaboration with the University of Oxford, aimed at shaping the future of foreign policy and national security.

The Program

This groundbreaking initiative will offer full scholarship funding for two exceptional alumni of the CBCF Leadership Institute to pursue master’s degrees at the prestigious University of Oxford. These scholars will engage in rigorous academic study while also contributing to practical policy development through the publication of issue briefs on pertinent foreign policy and national security topics.

The program’s primary goal is to cultivate Black American emerging political leaders with a global perspective. By immersing scholars in the rich academic environment of Oxford and Magdalen College, we aim to foster diversity in the national security and foreign policy pipeline. This partnership underscores our commitment to equity and excellence, recognizing the invaluable contributions of Black leaders in shaping a more inclusive world.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this transformative opportunity, candidates must be alumni of the CBCF, have obtained a bachelor’s degree by May 2024, and be between 21 and 32 years of age. We seek individuals who embody excellence, leadership, and a dedication to advancing the common good.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit a personal statement, three letters of recommendation, a CV, academic transcripts, and a headshot. A GPA of 3.7 or higher is preferred, reflecting the academic excellence we expect from our scholars.

The Process

Prospective scholars will apply through the CBCF website during the designated application period. Finalists will undergo interviews, and successful candidates will receive guidance and support from CBCF throughout the application process with the University of Oxford and Magdalen College. Admission is contingent upon acceptance by both the CBCF and the University of Oxford.

Programs Offered

Scholars will have the opportunity to pursue master’s degrees in Diplomatic Studies, Economics for Development, Global Governance and Diplomacy, History MSt, or Global and Imperial History MSt, enabling them to delve deep into their chosen field of study.

Please visit the Magdalen College website to learn more about degree program offerings.


Through a generous grant, the CBCF will cover course fees, living expenses, and administrative costs up to $75,000 for two scholars which includes a living stipend and round-trip flights to and from London, ensuring financial accessibility and support throughout their academic journey.

This partnership between the CBCF and the University of Oxford represents a historic opportunity to empower Black leaders with the knowledge, skills, and global perspective needed to effect positive change. Together, we will shape a future where diversity and equity are not only embraced but celebrated as essential pillars of progress. Join us as we embark on this transformative journey towards a more just and inclusive world.

For application assistance and inquires contact: scholarships@cbcfinc.org or 202.263.2805.