Scholarship Opportunities

We offer self-funded Executive MBA students a number of scholarships as detailed below. If you wish to be considered for one of these, please indicate this in your application form. A number of bursaries up to the value of £5,000 are also available for self-funded students. Candidates are automatically considered for a bursary upon application.

Alumni Discount Scheme

We are pleased to offer an exclusive discount scheme to self-funded alumni who have successfully completed a Cranfield postgraduate course and would like to return to study on one of our world-leading MBA Programmes. The scheme is open to all self-funded Cranfield graduates who have completed an MSc, PhD, MRes or MDes degree in the past 10 years. All those who qualify will receive a 25% discount on their tuition fees.

Bettany Scholarships for Entrepreneurs - Entrepreneurial businesses

In recognition of entrepreneurs seeking to take their business to new levels of success, we are offering The Bettany Scholarship for Entrepreneurs.

Value: up to £14,000 towards the tuition fees

Number of awards: 1

Scholarship details: The scholarship is designed for applicants who have already established a small to medium enterprise operating in Europe and/or UK for at least two years, and who are looking to further enhance their business knowledge and skills.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate progression in the business to date and have plans for future growth following graduation. Early application is advised.

The Cranfield Trust Scholarships

Cranfield School of Management and The Cranfield Trust* are delighted to offer scholarships for candidates working for a European charitable, voluntary organisation involved in issues of poverty, disability or social exclusion.

Value: £36,000 (full tuition fees)

Number of awards: 1

Scholarship details: The selection criteria for the scholarship will be based on the following:

  • the strength of the application and the accompanying essay

  • the candidate's potential to become a leader within the voluntary sector as a result of the 'Cranfield Experience'

  • the candidate's likely contribution to the voluntary sector in the future

It is anticipated that successful candidates will also contribute to the work of The Cranfield Trust* during the course and in the future.

Additional requirements: In addition to the MBA application form, you should submit a short essay of no more than 500 words on "Why I should undertake the Cranfield MBA and how I think this will increase my contribution to the voluntary sector".

Once offered a place on the MBA course, short-listed candidates will be invited for a second panel interview with the Executive MBA Course Director and a representative from The Cranfield Trust*. These interviews are likely to take place in mid-December.

*The Cranfield Trust: In 1988 HRH The Princess Royal challenged Cranfield University to put its skills to use to support the voluntary sector and as a result the Cranfield Trust was created. The Cranfield Trust now offers free management and technical consultancy to other charities, using volunteers, many of whom are students or alumni of the University. For further information please visit The Cranfield Trust Website 

The Worshipful Company of Farmers scholarship

Cranfield School of Management in conjunction with the MBA Agrifarm Charitable Foundation, is offering a suitably qualified British farmer, or someone closely associated with farming, the opportunity to study for the Cranfield MBA.

Value: up to £36,000

Number of awards: 1

Scholarship interviews will be held with the Director of the Agrifarm Charitable Foundation and the awards will be granted to candidates who can demonstrate not only that they will benefit from studying at Cranfield, but also the leadership qualities that will enable them to act in the vanguard of management change in the UK agricultural industry.

Cranfield MBA Scholarship for Women

Cranfield School of Management is delighted to offer the Cranfield MBA Scholarship for Women. To recognise the contribution of women in today's business environment, this scholarship aims to give an increased number of women the opportunity to study an MBA at Cranfield.

Course: Full-time

Value: up to £14,000 towards the tuition fees

The admissions board will award the scholarships based on evidence of career progression, senior management potential and interpersonal and team-working skills.