Oxford-Pershing Square Graduate Scholarships



Full scholarships to support outstanding students on the 1+1 MBA.

Established in 2014, the Pershing Square Scholarships provide up to six full awards covering both the Master's and the MBA degrees. Scholars can pursue any of the partnering Master’s degrees and combine it with our MBA. Further details regarding eligibility can be found below. 

Recipients are exceptional individuals who can demonstrate the potential and commitment to finding scalable and sustainable solutions to world-scale social challenges.

Scholars will benefit from a range of on-course opportunities such as attendance to prestigious conferences, termly events and scholar community activities, spring 'trek' to New York hosted by the Pershing Square Foundation, and mentorship opportunities. For further details please see our Scholarship co-curricular activities and Scholar Community sections below. 


About the Pershing Square Scholarship

Scholarship details


Full course fees for both the Master's degree and MBA programme, and a grant for living expenses of at least £16,062 per year for both years of study. 


Number available

Up to six scholarships.

Eligibility criteria

To be confirmed. 

Selection criteria

  • Academic achievement demonstrated through degree results, GMAT or GRE score, previous university prizes and awards, and other academic achievements.
  • Leadership potential demonstrated through experience and motivation.
  • Strong personal character, integrity and commitment.
  • Intention to focus on addressing world-scale social challenges in your career, either in an existing organisation or through the development of a new enterprise.
  • Ability to envision how to achieve scalable and sustainable solutions to these challenges.
  • Articulated vision on how the Oxford 1+1 MBA will allow you to fulfil your objectives.

Candidates are advised to highlight these attributes in their 1+1 MBA application, scholarship essay, and interview answers. 

How to apply

Candidates must submit a complete application for both courses and upload the scholarship essay in the 'Funding' section of the 1+1 MBA programme application by the deadline in order to be considered. 

In no more than 500 words, please answer the following question:

How do you intend to change the world and what does this tell us about you as a person?


Each of our partnering Master's programmes has its own application form, deadlines, and requirements.

To be considered for the Pershing Square Scholarship you must apply by 4 January 2023 for the 1+1 MBA and by your chosen Master's programme deadline either in December or January. Funding deadlines for 1+1 MBA partnering programmes can be found on the relevant course page on the Graduate Admissions website.

Selection process

Shortlisting is expected to take place in early April.

Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to an interview with the selection panel.

Meet our Pershing Square Scholars


Scholarships for exceptional individuals.

Hear from our on-course Oxford Pershing Square scholars and learn about their backgrounds, careers, and future plans. 

Our extraordinary community of scholars are exceptional individuals who are inspired to address important social issues by reimagining the possible and delivering scalable and sustainable impact across the globe.  

Pershing Square Scholar Community

As part of the scholarship, recipients have the unique opportunity to benefit from a range of on-course activities and priority access to School events. Through fostering a positive and stimulating community, they are encouraged to share ideas, experiences, skills, as well as creating new initiatives.

See what our scholars have recently been up to.

Scholarship co-curricular activities

As a scholar, you will benefit from a range of on-course opportunities which are unique to the Pershing Square Scholarship.

These opportunities have been designed to enhance the scholarship experience and help to prepare scholars intellectually, professionally, and practically for their future leadership positions.

Scholars will have full access to a range of co-curricular activities across the School, such as:

  • the opportunity to speak and play an active part in global forums such as Skoll World Forum or Oxford Africa Business Forum
  • the opportunity to attend prestigious conferences and events throughout the year for example, the Ditchley Conferences
  • termly lunches with the MBA Director
  • annual dinner with the Dean and/or members of the Saïd Business School Senior Leadership Team
  • networking and career events

Events and opportunities change from year to year, and scholars are welcome to suggest opportunities that appeal to them and shape the termly timetable. 


Scholars will have the opportunity for mentorship and networking with inspirational individuals and organisations that are part of the Pershing Square Foundation's community.

The Advisory Board for The Pershing Square Foundation Scholarships plays a crucial role in mentoring. Mentors can also include members of the Global Leadership Council, Associate Fellows within Oxford Saïd, and Alumni Pershing Square Scholars. 

New York Trek

As a scholar, you will be invited to take part in a 'trek' to New York hosted by the Pershing Square Foundation, where you can participate in meetings and workshops with leading innovators and change-makers.


Pershing Square Foundation


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

The Pershing Square Foundation’s gift of £7.8m has endowed the scholarships in perpetuity. The University of Oxford has provided a further £5.2m under the Oxford Graduate Scholarship Matched Fund, taking the total funding to £13m.

Apply to the 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.