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University of Oxford Saïd Business School Scholarships, UK

Publish Date: Sep 16, 2015

Deadline: Oct 30, 2015

The Skoll 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.

What we offer

The Skoll Scholarship covers full costs of Saïd 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 including the financial guarantee.

Are you the next Skoll Scholar?

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

1. Candidates must  have started and grown a social venture that has been running for at least 3 years. OR they have been responsible for leading a major expansion of an existing social venture or programme within that venture for 3 years.

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

  • Single-mindedness and persistence in pursuit of a social/environmental 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 drawing upon its members to pursue mutual goals.

3. Candidates must demonstrate how a business education can contribute to the wider development of the community within which they work. 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.

Nominate a Scholarship candidate

If this sounds like someone you know, you can nominate them. Once your nomination is submitted, we will contact the nominee directly to inform them of their nomination, and provide further informaiton about the Scholarship programme and details on how to apply.

Connect & apply

If you think you might be interested in applying to the Skoll Scholarship in the future, tell us about yourself and your work! We'd love to hear about what you are doing, and add you to our newsletter list.

Connect with us: if you think that the Skoll Scholarship may be for you, either now or far in the future, and you want to tell us more about you, you can fill out our first connection form. We will also add you to our Skoll Centre eNews.


Apply now: please note that 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 Saïd Business School. Then, if you are accepted into the MBA programme, the Skoll Centre will send you a personal statement request (comprised of essay questions) that needs to be completed in order for you to be considered for the Scholarship.

Please do not request the Skoll Scholarship essay from the admission team – you will receive it from the Skoll Centre following your acceptance to the MBA programme.

NB: We cannot consider candidates who have not been accepted by the School for the MBA.

The Skoll Centre will then consider your candidacy for the Scholarship and advise you accordingly.

Please note: For this application year (2015-16), 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.

Applicant check list

  1. Check the Skoll box under Scholarship on your MBA application form
  2. Answer the Skoll Centre essay questions in your personal statement, and email your response to
  3. Complete an in-person or video Skype interview with the Skoll Scholarship Selection Committee.

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