Eni Scholarships

Eni Scholarships

St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, in partnership with the international integrated energy company Eni, is offering up to three students from Angola, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, or the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) the opportunity to study for a fully funded degree in 2021/22.

About the scholarships Am I eligible? What does it cover? How do I apply? How will I know if I
have been successful?
Further information

About Eni

Africa, for Eni, is the past, the present and the future. Africa is the continent which Eni has experienced, as pioneer, and the one, which today continues to shape Eni’s experiences as partner of countries where Eni has established lasting relationships, understanding and respecting African societies and cultures and their diversity. A presence in a continent, which supplies more than half of Eni’s crude oil and natural gas production, a share which is increasing thanks to the successes of recent prospecting campaigns. In these complex times, the energy industry is faced with a twin challenge: ensuring that the world’s growing population, due to increase from 7 to more than 11 billion people by 2100, has access to low cost energy and, at the same time, making sure that this is achieved in an environmentally sustainable way.

In line with its mission, inspired by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Eni contributes to the SDGs targets through strategic cooperations focused on areas of common interest such as youth employment, agriculture value chains and renewable energy and energy efficiency, particularly in Africa.

Eni has a very long tradition of supporting scholarships. The “Scuola Enrico Mattei” paved the way for post graduate education in Italy and proved to be a pioneer for managerial studies in Europe. Since 1957 the “Scuola” has granted scholarships to around 2600 young graduates from 111 different countries to attend an oil and energy industry “Master MEDEA” programme, spreading the Mattei legacy throughout the world. Eni’s training and knowledge management is promoted and implemented through Eni Corporate University. In order to reinforce the company’s expertise in its business areas, Eni avails itself of a long established relational network with the most prestigious national and international universities. Amongst these esteemed institutions Eni can count on the collaboration of Oxford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, besides the leading Italian Universities.

About the scholarship

This scholarships will allow St Antony’s to admit up to three of the best African students irrespective of means and will add immeasurably to the diverse and intellectual character of the College. This is part of a joint initiative between Eni & St Antony’s College to invest in and strengthen African leadership.

St Antony's and Eni are equally keen to provide encouragement and where possible, structured incentives for Eni Scholars to continue their studies or find useful employment back in their home country after graduating from Oxford. Discussions about this are ongoing and scholars will be informed of relevant contacts and partnerships as they emerge.

Eni Scholars say…

"I encourage ambitious African scholars to also take up this wonderful opportunity to apply for an Eni Scholarship at St Antony’s College for a life changing experience in the first university in the English speaking world. This is because St Antony’s College is the most diverse college in Oxford and it also takes an exceptional interest in the growth, development and success of scholars." - Christopher Appiah-Thompson, MSc African Studies 2013-14

Matthew Adeiza, 2011/12 Eni Scholar at St Antony's College“Thank you for awarding me one of the inaugural Eni Scholarships… from work experience at the BBC World Service for Africa to organising the 2012 Oxford University Pan-African Conference, I had my fair share of opportunities Oxford provides, and I am deeply grateful for it.” - Matthew Adeiza, Nigeria, MSc African Studies 2011/12

Am I eligible?

The scholarships are open to applicants who are ordinarily resident in Angola, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, and the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville). Preference will be given to applicants whose first degree is from an African university.

The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of both academic merit and potential and financial need. Preference will be given to applicants who have clear ambitions to use their accumulated learning to benefit their home country after graduation.

Please ensure you meet the requirements for entry to your course, including English language requirements. See the University's course guide for more information.

Applicants must apply for admission to one of the following eligible courses:

1 year Master’s courses

  • MSc African Studies
  • MSc Economic & Social History
  • MSc Economics for Development
  • MSc Global Governance and Diplomacy

What does it cover?

100% of fees, and an annual grant for living costs. The stipend for courses with different durations will be adjusted accordingly. 

The scholarship also covers one economy return airfare from your home country to the UK at the start and end of your course.

How do I apply?

In order to be considered for the scholarship, please follow these three steps:  

  1. Read the information on this webpage carefully.   
  2. Apply online to the University of Oxford for one of the eligible courses as listed above. You must submit your application for graduate study to the University by the January deadline depending on the programme you apply to - please check the University's guidance on application deadlines) and you must have secured a place on your chosen programme of study by the final completion date. It would help if you select St Antony's College in the college choice section of the application form, though this is not compulsory.
  3. Once you have applied to the University, please complete the online Eni Scholarship application form which is available at the bottom of this page The deadline for submission of the form is 5pm, UK time, on Monday 9 March 2020.

Please note that incomplete and ineligible applications will not be considered for an Eni Scholarship. 

How will I know if I have been successful?

We expect to be able to email successful candidates by the end of May 2021. If you have not been contacted by then, please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion. 

Further information

If you have any questions about this scholarship which are not answered above, please email the Senior Registry Administrator