Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship




Every year, the Pershing Square Foundation awards up to five full scholarships to support outstanding students on the 1+1 MBA, covering both the Master and MBA year. Pershing Square Scholars are exceptional individuals who can demonstrate the potential and commitment to finding scalable and sustainable solutions to world-scale social challenges. 

Established in 2014, the Oxford Pershing Square Scholarship provides funding for tuition, college fees and a contribution towards living expenses for both years of studies.

The Oxford 1+1 MBA is a unique opportunity for talented individuals to combine a Master’s degree from one of several Oxford University departments with a one-year MBA.  As the business environment becomes increasingly complex and interconnected, this powerful combination allows students to gain deep knowledge and expertise in their field of choice as well as developing a comprehensive understanding of business, exceptional leadership skills, and practical experience.


Funding for tuition, college fees and a contribution towards living expenses for both years of studies.

Students also benefit from opportunities for mentorship and networking with inspirational individuals and organizations that are part of the Pershing Square Foundation’s community. Students become integrated into Saïd Business School’s community as soon as they begin the Master’s degree by attending receptions and meetings with the Dean, faculty and other MBA scholars. 

Students will also be invited to a spring ‘trek’ to New York City hosted by the Pershing Square Foundation, where they can participate in meetings and workshops with leading innovators and change makers.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates wishing to apply to the Oxford 1+1 MBA will need to complete two application forms: one for the chosen Master’s and one for the Oxford MBA. To qualify for entry on the Oxford 1+1 MBA students must meet both programmes’ entry requirements.

Additional details are at:  www.sbs.oxford.edu/1plus1

Selection criteria

  • Academic achievement
  • 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 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 fulfill your objectives

Application Process

Interested applicants must complete the online MBA application form (selecting 1+1 under the programme of interest), as well as apply to the partnering Master's of your choice by the March admissions deadlines. (Please note, some partnering Master's programmes close their admissions following the January application deadlines.)

When submitting your MBA application, include a scholarship essay in addition to the required MBA essays. Last year's question was: 'How do you intend to change the world? What does this tell us about you as a person?’ (Maximum 500 words)

Shortlisted scholarship applicants will then be invited to interview with the scholarship panel.

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  • Funding for Graduate Study
  • International Study or Experience
  • Professional Development


  • Business and Entrepreneurship

Eligible applicants

  • Fourth-year+ Undergrads
  • Graduate Students
  • Undergraduate Alumni
  • Graduate Alumni

Citizenship status

  • US Citizen
  • International Student (non-US citizen)

ASU Nomination required

  • No