Oxford Black Leaders Scholarships



Powered through the Saïd Business School Foundation, the Oxford Black Leaders Scholarships offer Black and Mixed Black applicants who are ordinarily resident in the UK and North America financial support to pursue an Oxford MBA. These scholarships are intended to support exceptional future leaders who will enhance the diversity of the MBA class and the wider School, and will go on to be outstanding leaders within their sectors.  

Scholarship details


Up to £40,000 per scholarship. 

Number available

Three scholarships.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, United States or Canada, who are of Black or Mixed Black ethnicity (determined via the ‘About You’ section of the MBA application form).

Selection criteria

  • Awarded on the basis of academic excellence demonstrated through degree results, GMAT or GRE score, previous university prizes and awards and other academic achievements.
  • Leadership potential; commitment to diversity and inclusion, equality, leading ethically, and paying it forward.

How to apply

Candidates must submit a complete MBA application and upload the scholarship essays in the 'Funding' section of the MBA application form. 

In no more than the word limit outlined below, please answer the following questions:  

  • What have you done or are currently doing to promote diversity, inclusion, and equality either personally, in your community, or in your career/ sector? (maximum 250 words).
  • How do you plan to use the scholarship to impact your time at Oxford and how will the scholarship enable you to continue your work more effectively in the future, either in your career or community? (maximum 500 words).


5 January 2024

Selection process

Applications for the scholarship will be reviewed after admissions stages 1 and 2.

Scholarships will be announced by the beginning of April. 


Meet our scholars

Apply to the MBA or 1+1 MBA

Visit our programme pages to find out more about the programme, the admissions requirements, and how to apply. You can also contact the MBA recruitment team for a discussion about your suitability for the programme.