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.

Cranfield-Grant Thornton Scholarship for Social Impact and Inclusion

Applicable to the following sectors: Charity, Not-For-Profit, Voluntary, Community Benefit and Civic Sectors.

As part of Cranfield and Grant Thornton’s commitment to promoting access to world-class education, we are delighted to be offering a bursary for employees working for organisations tackling issues of social impact and inclusion who want to study towards the Cranfield Executive MBA.

What is covered?

Tuition fees for the Cranfield Executive MBA programme are £27,000. Eligible organisations will be able to use £18,000 of their Apprenticeship Levy towards the overall cost, with the remaining £9,000 payable by the company to Cranfield over two years.

We recognise that for some of these organisations, providing the additional £9,000 may not be possible and will restrict access to this programme.

In recognition of the above, from January 2019 onwards there will be a limited number of £9,000 bursaries to sponsored employees of organisations in the eligible sectors.


  • Applicants will follow the same application process as all other EMBA candidates
  • Bursaries to be offered competitively through an award panel process with representatives from Cranfield Admissions and Grant Thornton
  • In the event that a bursary candidate changes organisation during their EMBA, the bursary will be reviewed. 

A candidate joining another third sector organisation would usually (although not automatically) qualify for a continuation of their bursary. Where a candidate joins a for-profit organisation then their organisation may be required to pay a pro-rata top up.

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