The Skoll Scholarship is a competitive scholarship for incoming MBA students to the University of Oxford 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.
The Skoll Scholarship provides funding for entrepreneurs who have set up or have been working in entrepreneurial initiatives with a social purpose or who have pursued an impact career, 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 the social impact/innovation space rather than the purely commercial or public sectors.
1. The Skoll Scholarship covers the full costs of tuition and college fees for the MBA programme at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
2. The Scholarship also covers partial living expenses of at least an additional £14,777.
3. In addition to financial support, the Scholarship provides access to the Skoll Scholar community, a group of leaders who are positively impacting the world through innovation and systems change, as well as exclusive opportunities to meet with world-renowned entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and investors.
4. Receive exclusive opportunities to meet with world-renowned entrepreneurs, thought-leaders, and investors
5. Take your social impact to the next level
6. Gain professional leadership and business skills
7. Become part of the Skoll Scholar community, a group of leaders who are positively impacting the world through innovation and systems change
1. Entrepreneurial action
• You have identified opportunities and taken action in order to make the positive social impact
• You have spent preferably at least 3 years driving change through entrepreneurial approaches. For example, you could have:
• Started or grown a social venture
• OR led the expansion of a social impact initiative within an organization
• OR been tackling a specific social/environmental issue, through a core thread that unites your work
2. Creating impact with a focus on systems change
• You can demonstrate the outcomes and impact of your entrepreneurial action
• Your impact addresses unjust systems and practice in your area of work
3. Personal qualities of a social entrepreneur
• You are a force for positive change
• You are single-minded and persistent, with a willingness to fail and start again
• You have the bias toward action
• You have a tendency to explore your environment for opportunities and resources
• You have a willingness to take personal, and sometimes financial, risks
• You develop networks and leverage members to pursue the mutual goal
• You have apprenticed with the problem* or experienced the problem you are trying to solve
4. The Oxford MBA is critical to your career trajectory
• You can demonstrate why business education is essential in helping to develop your work/impact at this stage
5. Financial need
• You are in a position where the cost of the programme is a significant financial burden
• You can demonstrate the need for the Scholarship (for example, due to previous work experiences or personal circumstances)
Eligible Regions: Open for all
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