Oxford-Pershing Square Graduate Scholarships



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

Established in 2014, the Oxford-Pershing Square Graduate Scholarships provide up to six full awards covering both the Master's and the MBA degrees. Scholars can pursue any of the 1+1 MBA partnering programmes and combine it with our MBA. 

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

You will benefit from a range of on-course opportunities such as attending prestigious conferences, termly events and scholar community activities, spring 'trek' to New York hosted by the Pershing Square Foundation, and mentorship opportunities. 


The Pershing Square Scholarship

Scholarship details


Course fees for both the Master's degree and MBA programme, plus a grant for living costs of at least £17,668 per year for both years of study. 


Number available


Eligibility criteria

You will be considered in order of priority for the scholarship:

1.   New applicants to the Oxford 1+1 MBA programme

  • You must be admitted to a 1+1 MBA partnering programme and to the MBA prior to the selection process (waitlisted or re-evaluated applicants will not be considered)

2.   If you apply to any full-time one-year Master’s course that is not currently part of the official list of 1+1 MBA partnering programmes, and to the MBA (as a separate application)

3.   If you are:

  • moving into your MBA year and have not been considered for the scholarship in the previous year (eg waitlisted/ re-evaluated applicants)
  • admitted to the MBA while studying on one of the 1+1 MBA partnering programmes

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.

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

How to apply

You 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 to be considered. 

Answer the following question in no more than 500 words:

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


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

You must apply by 5 January 2024 for the 1+1 MBA and for your chosen Master's programme by its own deadline, either in December or January. Application deadlines for 1+1 MBA partner programmes can be found on the relevant course page on the Graduate Admissions website.

Selection process

Shortlisting is planned to take place in early April with candidates expected to be invited to interview in late April or early May.

Meet our scholars


Scholarships for exceptional individuals.

Hear from our on-course scholars and learn about their backgrounds, careers, and 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.  

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 Oxford-Pershing Square Graduate Scholarships.

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

  • Opportunity to speak and play an active part in global forums such as the Oxford Africa Business Forum
  • Opportunity to attend prestigious conferences and events throughout the year eg 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. You are welcome to suggest opportunities that appeal to you and shape the termly timetable. 


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

Mentors can include members of the Oxford-Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship Advisory Board, faculty and members of the Saïd and wider Oxford University community, and Oxford-Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship alumni.  

New York Trek

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.