Mwangi MBA Scholarship

The Mwangi MBA Scholarship (Full-time) in conjunction with the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade is open to female African citizens resident in Kenya.
Open Date 1st October 2017
Close Date 6th June 2018
Status Closed
Value Up to 100% tuition fees

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is delighted to offer the Mwangi MBA Scholarship Competition 2018 in conjunction with the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade. The successful candidate of this Scholarship competition will be awarded an opportunity to complete a full-time MBA at one of the world’s leading business schools and to live in one of Europe’s most dynamic cities.

This scholarship has been named as a mark of solidarity with the people of Kenya, and in memory of Mr Mbugua Mwangi and his fiancée Rosemary Wahito who were tragically killed in the Westgate attack in Nairobi in September 2013. Mbugua Mwangi was the only son of Ireland’s former Ambassador of Kenya, Ms Catherine Mwangi.

The Scholarship includes: full tuition fees for the full-time MBA at UCD Smurfit School to the value of €34,500 and a €20,500 stipend.

Please refer to the full-time MBA entry requirements and ensure that you meet them before submitting your application. Applicants should meet the following minimum Scholarship entry requirements.

  1. A university degree in any discipline or an extensive record of business or professional experience
  2. A minimum of 3 years’ post-graduation professional work experience
  3. Meet our minimum English Language requirement in a recognised English Language Test such as IELTS
  4. A minimum score of 600 points or higher in the GMAT test. Applicants must achieve this minimum score on or before the Scholarship closing date. GMAT test fee waivers available to MBA applicants eligible for the scholarship. For information on the GMAT test visit

This Scholarship is open only to female citizens of Kenya who are committed to returning to their country after their MBA. We particularly encourage applications from public sector, ethnic minorities, people with disability and other marginalised groups. In exceptional cases, work experience may compensate for academic experience. This scholarship is intended to support candidates who would otherwise be unable to access overseas postgraduate opportunities.

Step 1: UCD Application Process – make an Application for the UCD MBA

If you are interested in the Mwangi MBA Scholarship and wish to apply, please follow the following steps:

  1. Click on the following Apply Now link
  2. Click 'Start a new Course Application'
  3. Complete and submit the application form along with the required supporting documentation

Application Deadline

Deadline: 6th June 2018

Please submit an essay as part of your overall MBA application. The essay should cover the following three questions: (no more than 1,200 words in total).

  • How will you be an ambassador for your country and the Smurfit MBA both during and after the MBA? (max. 400 words)
  • If you are awarded the opportunity to take your MBA at UCD Smurfit School how can you help practically build your nation / your home country or region? (max. 400 words)
  • Have you formed any entrepreneurial ideas of your own and how do you think the UCD MBA will help you in this regard? (max. 400 words)

You must submit your essay in PDF format by uploading this document along with the other documents you need to submit as part of your online application to the MBA. Supporting documents include Curriculum Vitae/Resume, Academic Transcripts for previous educational qualifications, Letters of Recommendation, etc.).

No applications will be accepted after the final application deadline. We strongly encourage applicants to apply early. Applications will be assessed in order of receipt.


Step 2: Interview and Programme Selection for our MBA

MBA applications are reviewed and if an applicant is eligible they are progressed to interview. Following the interview stage applicants will be informed by e-mail whether or not they have been accepted onto the MBA at the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business. 


Step 3: Scholarship Decision and Award

Applicants who have been accepted to the programme will move forward for consideration for the Scholarship award.

If you would like more information on this scholarship or our MBA programme, please contact our MBA Admissions Manager, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School on or phone +353 1 716 8862.

Scholarships Notice

Candidates qualifying for more than one scholarship or bursary and successful in that, can’t add or combine them. They will be awarded the higher amount. Candidates can't transfer or use one scholarship or bursary between or against another programme. Scholarships and bursaries are also not allowed to be deferred to a future academic year so will be awarded to the student for the year they are offered a place only in UCD Smurfit. That is, students can't defer their place in UCD Smurfit to a future year.

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