Course(s) Offered: Business Administration
Course Level: Masters (MBA)
Country to Study in: France, Singapore
INSEAD - The Business School for the World, in partnership with its MBA Class of '75 offers the INSEAD Nelson Mandela Endowed Scholarship to provide financial support for one or more African participants per year at INSEAD in perpetuity.
Eligible candidates for the INSEAD Nelson Mandela Endowed Scholarship must be from a sub-Saharan African country and must have spent a substantial part of their lives in Africa.
INSEAD Scholarships are highly sought-after sources of financial assistance. They are limited in number and there is significant competition for each award. Qualified candidates are invited to apply for this award.
To be eligible for the Nelson Mandela Endowed Scholarship, candidates must be a national of a sub-Saharan African country and have spent a substantial part of their lives and received part of their prior education in Africa.
Preference will be given to candidates who require proven financial assistance.
By way of their interests, activities and accomplishments candidates for this scholarship will need to demonstrate:
- outstanding academic achievement and promise
- aptitude for business and financial management
- strong likelihood of spending the better part of their working careers in Africa and
- a firm commitment to the goals of African development, understanding amongst peoples and public interest.
Citizens of ANY sub-Saharan African country are welcome to apply
INSEAD - The Business School for the World (France and Singapore campuses).
(INSEAD runs a fully-integrated three-campus structure, with a Europe campus in Fontainebleau (near Paris), an Asia campus in Singapore, and a Middle East campus in Abu Dhabi.)
The MBA programme runs in parallel on the Asia and Europe campuses.
Fields of study
Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
The accelerated 10-month curriculum develops successful, thoughtful leaders and entrepreneurs who create value for their organisations and their communities. With over 80 different nationalities in the classroom, no other business school offers such a multicultural experience.
Number of awards
Not specified - one or more Africans are sponsored each year
One year - the program duration is 10 to 12 months
Up to €20,000 will be awarded. In addition, the accelerated 10-month curriculum develops successful, thoughtful leaders and entrepreneurs who create value for their organisations and their communities.
Method of Application
Interested applicants should complete their application and submit the required essay by the advertised deadline date (see below). Preference will be given to candidates who require proven financial assistance.
- In 350-400 words state why you wish to undertake the INSEAD MBA and why you feel it is relevant to your particular educational needs. Furthermore, explain how you envisage contributing to the future development of your country after graduation and discuss why you should be selected as the Nelson Mandela scholar in your class.
- In 200 words analyse what you consider to be the most significant issue relating to the society, politics, economics, or culture of your country or region today.
- In 150-200 words provide a concise but accurate description of your financial circumstances as well as a cash flow forecast for the year at INSEAD.
Each year, the submission of applications is for two classes -- the July class (starts in September) and the December class (starts in January).
For the July 2017 class, application submissions for Round 1 OPENS 26th October 2015 and CLOSES 9th November 2015; while Round 2 applications OPEN 16 November 2015 and CLOSES 30 November 2015.
For the December 17 Class, application submissions for Round 1 OPENS 4th April 2016 and CLOSES 19th April 2016; while Round 2 applications OPEN 23rd May 2016 and CLOSES 6th June 2016.
To honour the life and work of President Nelson Mandela of South Africa, the INSEAD MBA Class of '75 created an endowment at their 30th Class Reunion to provide financial support for one or more African participants per year at INSEAD in perpetuity. At their 5th reunion the Class of '01J contributed to this important scholarship fund, as did the Class of '97D on the occasion of their 10th reunion and the Class of '69 at their 40th reunion. Recently the “Atlantic Group" in the Class of ‘99D contributed.
“Sound management education can harness Africa’s entrepreneurial culture”, commented Mr Mandela in support of this project. “I embrace INSEAD’s academic rigour and diversity, which will equip our scholars with the right management skills to drive Africa’s economic development. My hope and belief is that they will inspire a strong, globally integrated Africa”.
INSEAD is one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools. With campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and Abu Dhabi, INSEAD’s business education and research spans three continents.
Application Deadline: 6 June 2016
Open to International students: Yes
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