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 Skollarship provides
tutition for social
entrepreneurs who have set up
or have been working in social
enterprises, and who wish to
improve their knowledge of
market-oriented practices so
they can be more effective in
their subsequent social change
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
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. Details on the
application timeline are below.
We will award no more than
five scholarships in any year,
which be awarded on a rolling
basis for Stage 1 and Stage 2
applicants. We urge candidates
to apply as early as possible.
Are you the next Skollar?
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
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
* 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
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 to apply
To be considered for a Skoll
Scholarship, 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, we will
send you an essay question
that needs to be completed.
Please do not request the Skoll
scholarship essay from the
admission team – you will
receive it immediately
following your acceptance to
the MBA programme.
The Skoll Centre will then
consider your candidacy for
the scholarship. If we are
interested in pursuing your
candidacy further, we will
request a phone interview. A
final decision will be made
shortly thereafter.
For Application forms and
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