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Scholarship: the Future Leader Fund

Thanks to the generosity of our Alumni, we are able to offer a scholarship for the first year of the MBA (B716) to someone with the potential to be a Future Leader. The fund is aimed at those early in their careers that view the MBA as the essential next step in accelerating their success. Upon successful completion of B716 you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration, the first award on the pathway to an MBA.

This year, the scholarship was awarded to Tim Lewis. Tim works for a fertilizer development company in the UK and commenced his studies with OUBS in May. About his scholarship, Tim said:

Photo of Tim Lewis

As a scientist working in a commercial environment, I feel this is an opportunity to develop business skills and knowledge, which I can use to develop into a lead role of bridging science and business environments to the benefit of society.

Starting the MBA will enable me to achieve a broad foundation of business knowledge from an independent, world leading institution. I feel very proud to have earnt this scholarship and look forward to the challenges and experiences of the course.

I also want to thank the OUBS alumni who make this scholarship possible to people like me who are starting out on their own business education.

Tim Lewis

How to apply

The scholarship will be awarded to the individual through a competitive process, to commence study in May 2018. To be considered for the full scholarship for B716 - MBA Stage 1: Management: Perspectives and Practice, starting in May 2018, we ask you to respond to the following statement in no more than 500 words.

The panel will look for evidence of creativity, consideration of practical application of theory, understanding of what MBA study entails, and clear social impact:

We are looking for an exceptional MBA candidate who can demonstrate the ability to think creatively about how to apply theory and ideas from MBA studies to practice and to produce social benefits by doing so. These could help employees, their families, the wider community or the environment, for example, in any part of the world.

Dr Lotfi Boulkeroua, Head of The Open University Business School

To apply, please complete the submission form and submit via email.

Entry requirements

Entrants must meet the entry requirements for the OU MBA. To be eligible to apply, you must have:

  • A Bachelors degree awarded with honours from a recognised UK university or the overseas equivalent
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in a managerial, professional or technical role
  • Good knowledge of the English Language (to International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5)

If you do not hold the required qualifications you can benefit from the Open Entry route. The scholarship is open to all territories currently served by the MBA.

Terms and Conditions

  • Entry for The Future Leader Fund is via completion of the applicant submission form on this webpage, which should be submitted by email with the header ‘Future Leader Fund’.
  • Entries for the Future Leader Fund must be submitted by Monday 1 January 2018.
  • The scholarship will be awarded by Friday 9 February 2018 for studies to commence in May 2018.
  • Applications for The Future Leader Fund are open to all nations where the MBA is offered, except employees of The Open University.
  • The nomination will need to be endorsed by two references - please include details on the submission form.
  • The Open University Business School accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason.
  • The winner will be chosen by panel decision and will be notified within one month of the closing date.
  • The panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entries are taken as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  • The name of the winner will be published on The Open University Business School website and/or communications.

Support a scholarship

If you are an MBA graduate and would like to support a scholarship, you can donate via The Open University donations page.

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