Oxford–Adara Foundation MBA Scholarships for African Women in UK 2021

The University of Oxford, Said Business School is inviting applications for its Oxford – Adara Foundation MBA Scholarships for African Women in the UK for the 2020/2021 academic session.

The Adara Foundation, a non-profit social enterprise in Nigeria, focusses on empowering women and advancing education in Africa. The Foundation shares Saïd Business School’s commitment to greater gender parity in education and supports our aim to foster a global MBA community with representation from all over the world.

New for 2019, the Adara Foundation, in partnership with Oxford University’s Graduate Scholarship Matched Fund, is offering a full scholarship to an exceptional female MBA candidate from Africa.

According to the African Development Bank, eliminating gender inequality and empowering women could raise the productive potential of one billion Africans, delivering a huge boost to the continent’s development potential.

‘Women will play an increasingly critical role in harnessing the challenges, driving the development of the global economy and importantly, the development of Africa – they need to be better supported to do so,’ said Yvonne Ike. ‘My hope is that the Oxford – Adara Foundation Scholarships will inspire others to consider taking similar action to support African women who have a vital role to play in the global economy, and particularly within Africa.’

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Worth of Award

The scholarship covers the full MBA course fees and provides a living expenses stipend of at least £15,285.


  • The Scholarship is open to female candidates of an African nationality, with a preference for a candidate of Nigerian nationality.
  • Candidates must be ordinarily resident in a state outside of the European Economic Area including the UK, and intending to return to their home country upon completion of the MBA programme.
  • Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to contribute to Africa’s development.
  • The scholarship will be awarded based on academic merit

How to Apply

No additional application is required, they will use the details you supply in your MBA application form to determine eligibility.

Deadline: This scholarship will be awarded following Admissions Stage 1. The application deadline for this stage is 11 September 2020.

If this scholarship is not awarded to a candidate who applies by this date, it will be awarded at a later admissions stage, however early application to the MBA programme is advised.

Application deadlines for the Oxford MBA class of 2021-22:

  • Stage 1: 11 September 2020
  • Stage 2: 30 October 2020
  • Stage 3: 8 January 2021
  • Stage 4: 9 April 2021

Click here for more details and to apply