Skoll Masters Scholarships in Social Entrepreneurship for International Students, UK 2015

Scholarship Name:The Skoll Scholarship – Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

Brief description

The Skoll Fully Funded Scholarship Program for MBA in Social Entrepreneurship, at Said Business School, Oxford University UK 2015/2016

Accepted 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

By what Criteria is Selection Made?

  • 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.

How Many Scholarships are available?

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.

How long will sponsorship last?

Scholarship will last for the duration of the programme

Which Countries are Eligible?

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.  Details on the application timeline are below. We will award no more than five scholarships in any year, and these will be awarded on a rolling basis. However, we urge candidates to apply as early as possible.

ItemStage 1 & 2Stage 3 & 4
MBA Application Deadline15 September 2014 (Stage 1) / 31 October 2014 (Stage 2)9 January 2015 (Stage 3) / 13 March 2015 (Stage 4)
MBA final decision from SBS17 October 2014 (Stage 1) / 5 December 2014 (Stage 2)27 February 2015 (Stage 3) / 24 April 2015 (Stage 4)
Skoll essay sent to candidates15 December 201427 April 2015
Skoll essay deadline11 January 201510 May 2015
Skoll interview decision by30 January 201520 May 2015
Skoll final decision by9 March 201522 June 2015

Candidates are urged to apply as early as possible.

Offered annually? Yes

How can I 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.

How can I get more information?

If you need more Information about this scholarship, kindly visit the Scholarship Webpage


Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

Important Notes

Please note: For this application year, candidates must apply in Stage 1 or Stage 2 of the Oxford MBA application rounds to be considered for the Scholarship.

Applicant check list:

  • Check the Skoll box under Scholarship on your MBA application form
  • Answer the Skoll Centre essay statement and email response to skollcentre{at}
  • Complete an in-person or video Skype interview with the Skoll Scholarship Selection Committee

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