Linbury Scholarships

The Linbury Trust


In partnership with the Linbury Trust

This scholarship programme is the first of its kind at Oxford Saïd. The first Linbury scholars started their studies in September 2018. 

Linbury Scholars are exceptional individuals who demonstrate a long-term commitment to the arts, heritage or cultural sectors by articulating the intention to pursue a career in these fields in the UK post-MBA/EMBA.

The partnership with the Linbury Trust provides a unique opportunity for UK professionals in the arts, heritage and cultural sectors to study at Oxford Saïd and on graduation take up more senior leadership roles in these sectors.

Scholarship details


£60,000 per scholarship.

As a Linbury scholar you will also benefit from a programme of co-curricular activities, which are also funded (up to a total of £2,500) by the Scholarship.

Number available

Three scholarships.

Eligibility criteria

  • Open to MBA and Executive MBA (September intake only) candidates.
  • The full programme application including the scholarship essay must be submitted by the scholarship deadline. 
  • Candidates must ordinarily be a resident in the UK (determined via the 'About You' section of the programme application form).
  • Demonstration of a long-term commitment to the arts, heritage or cultural sector by articulating an intention to work in these fields in the UK post completion of the MBA or EMBA programme.

In addition, a minimum of two years’ experience in an arts, heritage or cultural sector organisation is desirable.

How to apply

You must submit the additional Linbury Scholarship essay in the funding section of your programme application form. Please write up to 500 words, answering the question: How would the business education of an MBA (or) EMBA help you contribute to the arts, cultural or heritage sector in the United Kingdom?

Once admissions decisions for candidates applying to the January deadline on both programmes have been announced, a shortlisting process will then take place assessing both the scholarship essay and details listed within your programme application form. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an in-person scholarship interview, where the selection panel will select the successful Linbury Scholars.


  • MBA: 10 January 2020
  • EMBA: 27 January 2020

Co-curricular activities for Linbury Scholars

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As a Linbury Scholar, you will benefit from a programme of co-curricular activities, which are also funded (up to a total of £2,500) by the Scholarship.

These activities will include, but not be limited to, getting involved in the School’s Engaging with the Humanities series of events throughout Michaelmas term led by Pegram Harrison, attending wider University of Oxford arts and humanities events, and exploring links with the Oxford museums and libraries.

About the Linbury Trust

The Linbury Trust is a charitable trust, established by Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover KG (John Sainsbury) and his wife Anya, Lady Sainsbury, CBE, the former ballerina Anya Linden. The name ‘Linbury’ is thus derived from the names Linden and Sainsbury.

Founded in 1973, the Linbury Trust makes grants to charities and towards charitable causes across a broad range of categories, including the arts, education, environment, medical, museums & heritage, overseas, and social welfare. In Oxford, Linbury has been a major supporter of the Ashmolean Museum; the Saïd Business School (the Sainsbury Library); Worcester College (where there is both a Linbury Building and a Sainsbury Building); and the Bodleian. Elsewhere the Linbury name is particularly associated with the Linbury Theatre (Royal Opera House), the Linbury Galleries (Tate Britain), the Linbury Gallery (Museum of London), and the Linbury Prize for Stage Design.

The rigorous management education, the plurality of industry perspectives and collaborative ongoing support from my peers, and the rich intellectual life of the university, allowed me to grow into a far more enlightened and resilient professional.

Katharina Ottmann

Linbury Scholar, 2018-19

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