The Oxford Pakistan Program (OPP) has announced the establishment of the Tareen Oxford Scholarship, which will provide financial support to Pakistani students if they are unable to finance graduate studies at Oxford.
This scholarship is designed to assist talented South Punjab students who have been accepted into one of the graduate programs at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, who are eligible.
Students with the potential to contribute significantly to the development of South Punjab will be given preference when the scholarship is offered on the basis of means testing. It will be a component of OPP’s graduate scholarship program and will cover living expenses and tuition. At least three graduate scholarships are awarded to Pakistani and British Pakistani students each year through this programme.
Ali Tareen, an alumnus of Kellogg College, Oxford, has generously donated to make the Tareen Oxford Scholarship viable. The five-year program supports scholarships with annual donations and cash disbursements.
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OPP, Kellogg College, the main university, as well as the university’s component departments, will all promote the scholarship. Prospective graduate students from across the university will have access to it.
Since South Punjab is one of the less developed regions of Pakistan, students there are often unable to apply for international scholarships. One of the earliest scholarship programs that specifically targets students from South Punjab is the Tareen Oxford Scholarship. In addition to supporting recipients, the scholarship will have a positive impact on the aspirations of other gifted students in the neighborhoods where the top scholars will be recruited.
The scholarship will also be a major step in making Oxford’s academic community more open and diverse. The OPP, in collaboration with Ali Tareen, will organize a special outreach program for students from South Punjab to encourage talented young people from the region to apply to Oxford University and receive the Tareen Oxford Scholarship. Two projects will make up this program:
- Access program for final year students pursuing graduate degree will include an access conference for final year students from South Punjab who are pursuing M.Sc. and PhD Abroad Applications Top 20 Access Conference registrants will receive complimentary one-on-one mentoring with an Oxford student or recent alumni.
- 100 students from South Punjab will be selected for F.Sc. Toppers and First Year Public Sector University Toppers Programme. These students must have topped either F.Sc. Examinations or the highest grade obtained during the first year of college. These students will receive guidance on how to make the most of their next three to four years, advice on potential careers, and one-on-one mentoring to support their aspirations to become the top minds on the planet.
It is important to note that only around 30 students from Pakistan receive graduate offers to study at Oxford every year, but they are unable to take advantage of the opportunity due to financial constraints. Hundreds of other gifted children decide against applying to Oxford for the same reason.
Pakistanis and British Pakistanis are the least represented groups at graduate level at Oxford. OPP is a flagship project at the University of Oxford that aims to address the under-representation of students of Pakistani origin there and to promote academic activities at the university that are of Pakistani origin. On the Oxford Pakistan Program website https://oxpakprogramme.org/, you can find more details about the scholarship.