Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) LGBTQ+ Fellowships



The fellowships will enhance and extend the Oxford MBA’s existing LGBTQ+ network.

The Reaching Out MBA LGBTQ+ Fellowships are a joint effort between Saïd Business School and Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) to develop the LGBTQ+ and active ally business leaders of tomorrow. This partnership strengthens the School's reputation for inclusivity and helps to increase the number of students interested in promoting the empowerment and representation of LGBTQ+ students in top business schools.

Powered through the Rewley Fund, we offer exceptional candidates a ROMBA Fellowship to support their studies.

Fellowship details


Up to £20,000 per award.

Additional benefits

As a fellow at Saïd Business School, you will have the opportunity to attend the ROMBA conference and ROMBA Summer Treks

Number available

Up to two awards.

Eligibility criteria

All MBA applicants are eligible for the fellowship, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Selection criteria

  • A commitment to, and leadership within, the LGBTQ+ community.
  • A passion to empower LGBTQ+ classmates and allies. 
  • Intention to be actively involved with Pride@SBS, preferably in a leadership position. 
  • Academic achievement and excellence, demonstrated through degree results, GMAT or GRE score, previous university prizes and awards, and other academic achievements.

Candidates are advised to highlight these attributes in their fellowship essays. 

How to apply

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

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

  • How have you contributed to LGBTQ+ causes and impacted the community? 
  • How do you plan to use the ROMBA Fellowship to impact your time at Oxford and in your future career? 

Essays will be reviewed in strict confidence.


5 January 2024

Early application is recommended. 

Selection process

Applications for the fellowship will be reviewed after each MBA admissions stage.

Candidates will receive an update on the status of their fellowship application and whether they have been shortlisted shortly after admissions decisions have been made.

Final shortlisting is planned to take place in March with fellowships announced at the beginning of April. 

The School is dedicated to being an active ally

We are excited to admit our first fellows, who have already shown a huge amount of commitment to supporting those in the LGBTQ+ community. We look forward to seeing their impact as future leaders.

Kathy Harvey

Associate Dean, MBA and Executive Degrees at Oxford Saïd


Our Pride@SBS group encourages current students, alumni, and future students to join together to share ideas, raise awareness, and build an understanding of the LGBTQI+ community here at Saïd Business School. 

Club members also have access to the University of Oxford’s LGBTQ+ society which hosts popular social events and promotes welfare services. Many colleges also have their own LGBTQ+ organisations for graduate students.

Membership is open to all LGBTQ+ students and alumni and LGBTQ+ allies. We also welcome interest from future students keen to learn more about our club and community.


Meet our fellows

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.