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The University of Oxford Skoll Scholarship for Postgraduates 2022 [Fully Funded]

The Skoll Scholarship is a highly competitive scholarship for incoming MBA students at the University of Oxford who seek entrepreneurial solutions to pressing social and environmental challenges.

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The Scholarship provides funding as well as exclusive opportunities to meet with world-renowned entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and investors.

Key details
Host: University of Oxford
Open to: All nationals
Target: Postgraduates
Deadline: 4th January. 2023
Eligibility Criteria| University of Oxford Skoll Scholarship
  • Entrepreneurial action
    • You have identified and acted on opportunities to have a positive social impact.
    • You have at least three years of experience driving change through entrepreneurial approaches. You could, for example, have:
      • Founded or grown a social enterprise
      • OR directed the growth of a social impact initiative within a company.
      • OR have you been addressing a specific social/environmental issue through a common thread that runs through all of your work?
  • Creating impact with a focus on systems change
    • You can show the results and impact of your entrepreneurial action.
    • Your impact addresses unjust systems and practices in your area of work.
  • Personal qualities of a social entrepreneur
    • You are a positive force in the world.
    • You are determined and persistent, and you are willing to fail and try again.
    • You have a proclivity for action.
    • You have a proclivity to look for opportunities and resources in your surroundings.
    • You are willing to take personal, as well as financial, risks.
    • You build networks and encourage members to work together to achieve common goals.
    • You have apprenticed with or experienced the problem you are attempting to solve.
  • 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
  • Financial need
    • You are in a situation where the program’s cost is a significant financial burden.
    • You can prove your need for the Scholarship (for example, due to previous work experiences or personal circumstances)
  • The Skoll Scholarship provides funding for entrepreneurs who have established or are currently working in entrepreneurial initiatives with a social purpose or have pursued an impact career and wish to improve their knowledge of market-oriented practices in order to be more effective in their subsequent social change pursuits.
  • The Skoll Scholar community, a group of leaders who are positively impacting the world through innovation and system change, as well as exclusive opportunities to meet with world-renowned entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and investors, is available through the Scholarship.
  • The Scholarship is offered in recognition of the fact that the MBA can be a tremendous financial burden, especially for those who have chosen to work in the social impact/innovation space instead of the purely commercial or public sectors.

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Application Procedure

Applicants interested in the University of Oxford Skoll Scholarship can follow these guide to apply:

  • Connect with us to register your interest in the Scholarship and make sure you’re kept up to date with announcements about upcoming deadlines.
  • Apply for the Oxford MBA program directly to Saïd Business School. You need to do this during stages 1, 2, or 3 of the MBA admissions process.
  • As part of your MBA application, upload your answers to the Skoll Scholarship essay questions before submitting your application. The Scholarship essay questions are found in the MBA application’s “Funding” section. We recommend giving yourself one week to answer the Skoll Scholarship essay questions.
  • The MBA Admissions Team will then review your application and decide whether or not you are admitted to the MBA program.
  • If you were accepted into the MBA program, your application will be automatically forwarded to the Skoll Scholarship Selection Committee.
  • Applications for the Scholarship are reviewed following each stage of MBA admissions.
  • You will be notified of the status of your Scholarship application and whether it is being considered for final shortlisting shortly after MBA admission decisions have been made at each stage.
  • If you receive notification that your Scholarship application has been shortlisted for final consideration, look for an email from the Skoll Centre with a link to the Logistics and Reference Form. See the timelines below to determine when to expect this email.
  • Complete the Logistics and Reference Form once you have received the email. This consists of a series of short questions to confirm your contact information (in case you are invited to interview), how you heard about the Scholarship, and the contact information for your referees.

NOTE: your referees will not be contacted unless you get to the final stages of the selection process.

To be considered for the Skoll Scholarship, candidates must apply to the Oxford MBA program during specific stages of the School’s application rounds. The following are the timetables for the 2023-24 academic year (please note that exact dates will be confirmed in due course and are subject to change):

Skoll Scholarship Timelines
Apply for the Oxford Saïd MBA during stages 1, 2, or 3 (including submitting your Skoll Scholarship essays)By 4 January 2023 (at the latest)
Scholarship applications from Stage 1 reviewed (candidates updated)November 2022
Scholarship applications from Stage 2 reviewed (candidates updated)January 2023
Scholarship applications from Stage 3 and those shortlisted from Stage 1 and 2 reviewMarch and April 2023
Skoll Scholarship Logistics and Reference Form sent to candidates End of March 2023
Skoll Scholarship Logistics and Reference Form submission deadlineEarly April 2023
Interview decisions made (all candidates updated)Mid-April 2023
First stage interviews (online)End April 2023
Final stage interviews (online)Mid May 2023
Skoll Scholarship final decisionMid May 2023

For more info, visit the University of Oxford Skoll Scholarship

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