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Jacobs Foundation Scholarship at the University of Oxford for International Students

The Jacobs Foundation Scholarship was introduced in 2018 and is open to candidates with a strong interest in the field of youth and child development and/or education, or in agricultural development in Africa. Jacobs Foundation scholars have an entrepreneurial vision, are dedicated to social issues, and usually have a minimum of three years' work experience. The Jacobs Foundation Scholars will also be committed to the goals of the Jacobs Foundation.

It is hoped that the Jacobs Foundation Scholars will become active participants in the Jacobs Network, connecting with other fellows online and offline through events and conferences; and contribute to the advancement of the network as well as the Foundation’s communication channels such as the newsletter or the blog.

Scholars will also be invited to attend an introductory week called 'Swiss Week', in Zurich, Switzerland, prior to the start of their Oxford programme. Read about Swiss Week 2019, as experienced by one of the Jacobs Social Entrepreneur Fellows. Attendance at Swiss Week is strongly recommended - the dates will be added to this page once confirmed.

Scholarship Sponsor(s): Jacobs Foundation

Scholarship Type: Full Scholarship

Scholarship level: Postgraduate

Scholarship Worth: £26,000

Scholarship Slots: Several

Subject Eligibility: Child and Youth development, learning, education (ed-tech, early-ed, parenting, brain development), Agricultural Development in Africa (Food security, microfinance, supply-chain), Impact investment with a preference for education.

Country/Candidate Eligibility: Scholarship is for students from Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Benin, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Croatia, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg,, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Togo, United Kingdom, United States. (With a preference for Senegal, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Benin, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany and Romania).

Scholarship Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

  • Applicants for the Jacobs Foundation Scholarship must have interest in the subject areas listed above.

  • Applicants who have industry experience in the non-governmental sector, education or the government sector are encouraged to apply.

  • Applicants must be residents in one of the eligible countries.

  • Applicants with great academic credentials are especially encouraged to apply.

How to apply

You must submit an additional Jacobs Foundation scholarship essay in the funding section of your programme application form. Please write up to 500 words, answering the question:

Write about your experience in one of the listed Priority Areas. How would the MBA programme support you and your future plans in one of these areas?


This scholarship will be awarded following Admissions Stage 2. The application deadline for this stage is 1st November 2019. If both scholarships are not awarded to candidates who apply by this date, the scholarship(s) will be awarded at a later admissions stage, however early application to the MBA programme is advised.



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