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Apply now for the 2018-19 Linbury Scholarship

The Linbury Scholarships award up to three scholarships annually to the value of £55,000 to either MBA or Executive MBA students. 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.

Established this year, this scholarship programme is the first of its kind at Saïd Business School. 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.

Co-curricular activities for Linbury Scholars

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.

In addition the scholars will play an active role in the Arts Oxford Business Network. The OBN committee may well consider arranging a careers visit to London institutions or similar to further their understanding and networks in the arts/heritage sector.

Selection criteria and attributes of our Scholars:

Applicants to the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  •  Ordinarily resident in the UK
  •  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

To be considered for the scholarship you must be applying for the following entry points and adhere to the following deadlines:

MBA – September 2018 entry with an application deadline of 16 March 2018.

EMBA - September 2018 entry with an application deadline of 09 April 2018.

We do however encourage application at earlier deadlines should you be ready to apply.

Candidates shortlisted for an MBA or EMBA admissions interview will be contacted and asked to submit an additional scholarship essay in order to demonstrate suitability for the cholarship.

Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to an in-person scholarship interview in May, where the selection panel will select the successful Linbury Scholars.

The 2018-19 Linbury Scholars will be announced by end of May 2018.

Enquiries about the scholarship should be directed to

Click here to apply to the MBA or EMBA.

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

Linbury Trust

"We are delighted to be working with Saïd Business School to create this unique scholarship for outstanding individuals working in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors in the UK.  Our vision is that Linbury scholars will acquire a range of skills that will equip them to become future leaders in these sectors". 

Philip Lawford, Director of the Linbury Trust



MBA Scholarships

Scholarships are available for the 2018-19 MBA programme from Saïd Business School and its supporters, Oxford University, and Oxford’s colleges.