Jacobs Foundation Scholarships in youth and child development for study at the University of Oxford (Deadline : 1st November, 2019)

Jacobs Foundation Scholarships in youth and child development for study at the University of Oxford (Deadline : 1st November, 2019)

Jacobs Foundation Scholarships in youth and child development for study at the University of Oxford (Deadline : 1st November, 2019)


In partnership with the Jacobs Foundation

The first Jacobs Foundation Scholars at Said Business School started their studies in September 2018.

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 details


£26,500 per scholarship

As a Jacobs Foundation scholar, you will also benefit from interaction with the Jacobs Foundation directly.

Number available

Two scholarships

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must have an interest in the following areas (in order of priority):

  1. Child and youth development, learning, education (ed-tech, early-ed, parenting, brain development);
  2. Agricultural development in Africa (food security, micro finance, supply-chain);
  3. Impact investment, with a preference for education.

Candidates who have industry experience from the NGO, education or government sector are particularly welcome to apply.

Additionally, candidates must be ordinarily resident in one of the following countries:

Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Croatia, Czechia, 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, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Benin, Ghana, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany and Romania.)

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:  Tell us 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.

About the Jacobs Foundation

The Jacobs Foundation was established in 1989 by Klaus J. Jacobs and his family.

The Foundation seeks to benefit future generations by providing children and young people with better opportunities for development, so that they can become productive and socially responsible members of society.

The Jacobs Foundation aims to become the key organisation linking excellent research with improving, globally, the development of children and young people under the age of 12. The focus is on effective implementation, dialogue and advocacy in the three thematic priorities “Science of Learning”, “Early Childhood Development”, and “Rural Livelihoods”. The Foundation has established a worldwide network of the most talented people in child and youth development, linking researchers, social entrepreneurs, journalists, practitioners, and politicians. Strategic partnerships with institutions from the private and public sector increase the effectiveness of the Foundation’s programmes.

Apply to the MBA or 1+1 MBA

Visit our programme pages to find out more about the programme, the admissions requirements and how to apply. You can also contact the MBA recruitment team for a discussion about your suitability for the programme.

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