Apply for the Oxford – Adara Foundation MBA scholarship for African women


A new MBA scholarship designed to empower high-potential African women to engage in the economic development of the continent has been launched.

The Oxford – Adara Foundation Scholarship programme was announced by Dean Peter Tufano at the School’s annual Oxford Business Forum Africa, which coincided with International Women’s Day.  From 2019, the Adara Foundation, in partnership with Oxford University, will fund a full scholarship for an exceptional female MBA candidate from Africa for three years. The Foundation shares Saïd Business School’s commitment to fostering greater gender parity in education and increasing levels of investment in talented individuals from across Africa.

‘Throughout Africa, women’s lower education levels limit their ability to contribute more meaningfully to socio-economic development on the continent. Initiatives like this are important as education is one of the most crucial areas of empowerment for women,’ said Yvonne Ike, founder of the Adara Foundation, a non-profit social enterprise in Nigeria, which focuses on empowering women and advancing education in Africa.

The scholarship, open to female candidates of an African nationality, covers the full MBA programme fee and living expenses. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to return to their home country upon completion of the one-year MBA programme to contribute to Africa’s business and socio-economic development. The scholarships will be available for the 2019-20 academic year and no separate application will be needed as all students meeting the criteria will automatically be considered.

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.

Scholarship details


The scholarship covers the full MBA programme fee and provides a living expenses stipend of at least £14,777.

Number available

One per year.


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, we will use the details you supply in your MBA application form to determine eligibility.


11 January 2019. If the scholarship is not awarded to MBA candidates who apply by this date, those applying to the final MBA application deadline of 5 April 2019 will also be considered.

For more information about this opportunity, visit the official website here


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