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Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship

Applications for 2016-2018 Pershing Square Scholars are now open! 

Pershing Square Scholars are extraordinary individuals with a passion for tackling world-scale challenges while delivering sustainable and scalable impact.

The Pershing Square Foundation has endowed up to five scholarships per year, which support extraordinary individuals in developing and realising their potential as future international leaders by fully funding the MBA year of the Oxford 1+1 programme.

In the 21st Century, Pershing Square Scholars will re-define what it means to be a transformative international leader.

Applicant criteria

  • Combination of academic and leadership potential.
  • Strong personal character.
  • Experience, aptitude and intention of pursuing a career that addresses global challenges.
  • Articulated vision on how the Oxford 1+1 MBA will allow you to fulfil this intention.

Admissions process

Candidates must complete the online Oxford MBA application (selecting 1+1 under the programme of interest), as well as apply to the partnering Master's of your choice by the March 2016 admissions deadlines. (Please note, some partnering Master's programmes close their admissions following the January application deadlines.)

Candidates who would like to be considered for the Pershing Square Scholarship must include an essay addressing the scholarship essay question in your MBA application. This year's question is: 'How do you intend to change the world? What does this tell us about you as a person?’ (Maximum 500 words)

Shortlisted scholarship applicants will then be invited to interview with the scholarship selection panel.

More information on how to apply to the Pershing Square Scholarship is available here.

About the Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship

The Oxford Pershing Square Scholarship provides funding for tuition, college fees and at least £14,057 toward living expenses for the MBA year of the 1+1 programme. Pershing Square Scholars are also eligible to apply for other funding to cover the costs for the first year of their programme.

The Pershing Square Foundation’s gift of £4.5m will endow the Scholarships in perpetuity. The University of Oxford has provided a further £3m under the Oxford Graduate Scholarship Matched Fund, taking the total funding to £7.5m. 

The first five Oxford Pershing Square Scholars joined the 1+1 MBA programme in September 2014. The 2015-17 Pershing Square Scholars will be announced in autumn 2015.

Supporting exceptional leaders who can tackle important social issues and deliver scalable and sustainable impact is a critical part of The Pershing Square Foundation’s mission.

- Bill Ackman, CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., and founder of The Pershing Square Foundation

About the Foundation

The Pershing Square Foundation supports exceptional leaders and innovative organisations that tackle social issues and deliver scalable and sustainable impact. The Foundation is committed to supporting areas such as economic development, education, healthcare, justice and the arts.

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