2015 Skoll Masters Scholarships in Social Entrepreneurship for International Students to study in the UK.

Application Deadline: 13 March 2015

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.

Eligibility Criteria:

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 12 months OR they have been responsible for leading a major expansion of an existing social venture or programme within that venture.

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.

Scholarship Worth:

  • 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 including the financial guarantee.

Connect and Apply:

Connect with Skoll: 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.

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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”.

Timeline:

Item Stage 1 & 2 Stage 3 & 4
MBA Application Deadline 15 September 2014 (Stage 1) / 31 October 2014 (Stage 2) 9 January 2015 (Stage 3) / 13 March 2015 (Stage 4)
MBA final decision from SBS 17 October 2014 (Stage 1) / 5 December 2014 (Stage 2) 27 February 2015 (Stage 3) / 24 April 2015 (Stage 4)
Skoll essay sent to candidates 15 December 2014 27 April 2015
Skoll essay deadline 11 January 2015 10 May 2015
Skoll interview decision by 30 January 2015 20 May 2015
Skoll final decision by 9 March 2015 22 June 2015

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Skoll Masters Scholarships

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