Skoll Masters Scholarships in Social Entrepreneurship for International Students, UK 2016

Brief description: The Skoll Scholarship – Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship offers Funded Scholarship Program for MBA in Social Entrepreneurship, at Said Business School, Oxford University UK 2016/2017

Subject Areas: MBA, Management Studies in Social Entrepreneurship

About Scholarship

The Skoll Scholarship is a competitive scholarship for incoming MBA students who pursue entrepreneurial solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges. The Scholarship provides funding and exclusive opportunities to meet with world-renowned entrepreneurs, thought-leaders and investors. Once selected, these students are known as Skoll Skollars.

The Skoll Scholarship provides tuition for entrepreneurs who have set up or have been working in entrepreneurial ventures with a social purpose, and who wish to improve their knowledge of market-oriented practices so they can be more effective in their subsequent social change pursuits.

The Scholarship is given in recognition that the MBA may represent a significant financial burden, particularly for those who have chosen to work in social ventures rather than the commercial or public sectors.

Scholarship Offered Since: Not Specified

Selection Criteria

  • All the candidates are required to take the GMAT test for entry to Oxford’s MBA programme.
  • Candidates whose first language is not English or who have not studied at an English speaking University are required to take either the TOEFL or IELTS tests.
  • Demonstrate evidence of need for financial support.

Who is qualified to apply?

To be considered, you need to meet the following criteria:

1. Candidates must have started or worked in a social venture for 12 months or longer.

2. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of personal qualities strongly resonating with social entrepreneurship leadership, and illustrate how these have influenced their career path thus far. These qualities include:

  • Single-mindedness and persistence in pursuit of a social benefit goal, including a willingness to face failure and start again
  • A bias towards action rather than reflection
  • A tendency to explore the environment for opportunities and resources
  • A willingness to take personal, and sometimes financial, risks
  • A habit of developing a network and subtly or unsubtly exploiting its members.

3. Candidates must demonstrate how a business education can contribute to the wider development of the community they work with in the social entrepreneurship movement. They will need to illustrate why a business degree at this stage of their career trajectory can help them amplify their impact.

4. Candidates must demonstrate some evidence of their need for the scholarship. This may be exhibited, for example, in previous work experiences or personal backgrounds which make self-funding the MBA a significant financial burden.

Number of Scholarships: No more than five scholarships will be awarded in any year.

What are the benefits?

  • The Skoll Scholarship covers full costs of Said Business School tuition and college fees.
  • The Scholarship also covers partial living expenses based on need, up to an additional £8,000.
  • The Scholarship Committee assesses need based on previous earnings, geographical location, and future earning potential. Students will be responsible for meeting the financial guarantee by other means necessary. In exceptional cases, the Scholarship Committee may consider requests for full scholarship coverage up to the financial guarantee.

Duration: Scholarship will last for the duration of the programme

Eligible Countries: International students from all countries

To be taken at (country): Said Business School, Oxford University, UK

Application Deadline

For this application year, candidates must apply in Stages 1 and 2 or Stages 3 and 4 of the Oxford MBA application rounds to be considered for the Scholarship.

11 September 2015 (Stage 1)
30 October 2015 (Stage 2)
8 January 2016 (Stage 3)
18 March 2016 (Stage 4)

Candidates are urged to apply as early as possible.

Offered annually? Yes

How to Apply

In order to apply for the Skoll Scholarship you first need to apply and be accepted onto the Saïd Business School’s MBA programme. To be formally considered for a Skoll Scholarship, you need to state your interest in the “Scholarships” section of the MBA application form. Do this by checking the box next to “Skoll”.

When your MBA application is submitted, the MBA admissions team will first assess your application to ensure that you meet the academic requirements sought by the school. If you are accepted onto the programme, you will be sent an essay question that needs to be completed.

The Skoll Centre will then consider your candidacy for the scholarship. A final decision will be made after a phone interview.

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Sponsors: Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

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