Are you eligible for the Skoll Scholarship?

1. Entrepreneurial action

  • You have identified opportunities and taken action in order to make 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 organisation
    • 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 practise 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 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 mutual goals
  • 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)

*“Apprenticing with a Problem”, a term we borrowed from Jessamyn Shams-Lau at the Peery Foundation, refers to someone developing a deep understanding of a problem they did not live through themselves, e.g. by working in the field, working at a related organisation, conducting research, etc. A simple example of someone apprenticing with a problem is a teacher who has gone on to start an education focused non-profit.

Diversity and Inclusion: We value and encourage diversity within the Skoll Scholarship Community.  In order to successfully tackle world scale problems, we must bring together individuals from different cultures, religions, sectors, genders, backgrounds, and ideologies to create collaborative solutions. Belonging to a diverse community enriches our Scholars’ learning experience, teaches them to challenge ideas and be challenged in a respectful manner, and fosters a global perspective necessary in today’s world. Therefore we encourage all candidates to apply for the Scholarship, especially women, members of historically underrepresented groups, and those from the global south.

If this sounds like you, learn How to Apply. Or, if you know someone who you think could be a great Skoll Scholar, you can nominate a Scholarship candidate.