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Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

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Tell us about yourself

If you think you might be interested in applying to the Skoll Scholarship in the future, tell us about yourself and your work! We'd love to hear about what you are doing, and add you to our newsletter list.

Connect with us: 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.


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”. 

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 Saïd Business School. Then, if you are accepted into the MBA programme, the Skoll Centre will send you a personal statement request (comprised of essay questions) that needs to be completed in order for you to be considered for the Scholarship.

Please do not request the Skoll Scholarship essay from the admission team – you will receive it from the Skoll Centre following your acceptance to the MBA programme.

NB: We cannot consider candidates who have not been accepted by the School for the MBA.

The Skoll Centre will then consider your candidacy for the Scholarship and advise you accordingly.

Please note: For this application year (2015-16), candidates must apply in Stages 1 and 2 or Stages 3 and 4 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, and these will be awarded on a rolling basis. However, we urge candidates to apply as early as possible.


Item Stage 1 & 2 Stage 3 & 4
MBA Application Deadline 11 September 2015 (Stage 1) / 30 October 2015 (Stage 2) 8 January 2016 (Stage 3) / 18 March 2016 (Stage 4)
MBA final decision from SBS 16 October 2015 (Stage 1) / 11 December 2015 (Stage 2) 4 March 2016 (Stage 3) / 29 April 2016 (Stage 4)
Skoll essay sent to candidates 14 December 2015   29 April 2016
Skoll essay deadline 10 January 2016  

11 May 2016

Skoll interview decision by 29 January 2016   24 May 2016
Skoll final decision by 7 March 2016   20 June 2016

Applicant check list

  1. Check the Skoll box under Scholarship on your MBA application form
  2. Answer the Skoll Centre essay questions in your personal statement, and email your response to
  3. Complete an in-person or video Skype interview with the Skoll Scholarship Selection Committee.

Waiving the admissions fee

The Skoll Centre wants to provide educational opportunities to a diverse range of social entrepreneurs, including those from developing or marginalized communities, or those who are putting their time into a social venture at significant personal cost.  If you are unsalaried or have an income which may preclude you from applying to study on the MBA programme because you cannot afford the admissions fee, we reserve the right to waive your fee. This is done on a discretionary basis and is non-negotiable.

If you would like to apply for a waiver, you should be confident you meet the requirements for the MBA and the Skoll Scholarship, then send us your CV and a covering letter explaining your financial circumstances.


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Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
+44 (0)1865 288838