Mwangi MBA Scholarship

The Mwangi MBA Scholarship 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 26th February 2018
Status Open
Value One award of 100% tuition fees + stipend

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 who wish to be considered for the Mwangi MBA Scholarship should meet the following minimum entry requirements.

  1. A recognised 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 the minimum English language requirement by 14 May 2018

Achieve a minimum score of 600 or above by 14 May 2018. GMAT test fee waivers are available to eligible Mwangi MBA scholarship applicants. Please email mba@ucd.ie for more information. As GMAT fee waivers are limited early application is recommended.

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.

Submit an application to the UCD Smurfit MBA at Apply Now. Select course title and code MBA FT (B009).

Eligible Mwangi MBA Scholarship applicants are not required to submit the application fee. Your submitted application will be coded as such once reviewed.

Please note the application deadline is 26 February 2018

  1. Submit a scholarship essay which should address the following three questions: (no more than 1,200 words in total).
  2. All eligibleMwangi MBA scholarship applicants accepted to the UCD Smurfit MBA programmefollowing a Skype interview will be considered for the scholarship award
  3. A second interview with the Embassy of Ireland, Kenya, s part of the final stage of the Mwangi MBA scholarship process.
  • 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. Applications will be assessed in order of receipt. Early application is recommended.

 

  1. All eligible Mwangi MBA scholarship applicants accepted to the UCD Smurfit MBA programme following a Skype interview will be considered for the scholarship award
  2. A second interview with the Embassy of Ireland, Kenya, is part of the final stage of the Mwangi MBA scholarship process.

 

  1. The Mwangi MBA Scholarship is offered in conjunction with the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and is intended to support candidates who would otherwise be unable to access overseas postgraduate opportunities; 
  2. The scholarship is open to female citizens of Kenya who are committed to returning to their country upon successful completion of the MBA;
  3. In order to be eligible to be considered for this scholarship, applicants must submit an application to the UCD Smurfit MBA, including the Mwangi scholarship essay, by 26 February 2018 and must have ‘Offer’, or ‘Accept’ status associated with their application by 14 May 2018 (i.e. must have achieved a GMAT score of 600 or above and met the English language requirement and any other conditions of offer by 14 May) ;
  4. Only complete applications received before the scholarship deadline will be considered;
  5. The successful candidate will be selected on merit paired with a holistic review of their MBA application;
  6. Once scholarship awards are issued, students must accept this offer within two weeks of the notification being distributed by the committee. It is the student’s responsibility to formally accept the scholarship offer, a non-response will be considered as declining the offer;
  7. Decisions will be made by the Scholarship Committee and the candidate will be notified within two weeks of the committee decision. All decisions are final;
  8. Students awarded a scholarship must commit to attending UCD Smurfit Open Events where required. Students may also be required to participate in promotion of the School and Scholarships (interviews/testimonials, MBA blog, or other forms of promotional activity as required). Scholars are expected to assist occasionally as ambassadors for the School;
  9. The issued scholarship will be deducted from the student’s University fee account;
  10. Continuous full time enrolment and attendance is required to retain a scholarship award;
  11. A student who withdraws, cancels or becomes inactive, enrols less than full-time, is suspended, or dismissed from the University will lose his/her scholarship eligibility. A student who takes such a status due to medical reasons may appeal in writing to Scholarship Committee to have his/her scholarship reinstated. The appeal must be submitted with supporting documentation, such as a letter from a doctor. In such a case, for there to be a possibility for reinstatement, a student’s leave from the University cannot exceed two consecutive semesters;
  12. A student who declines an initial offer of admission and accompanying scholarship offer will not retain his/her scholarship offer if he/she reapplies at a later date;
  13. Scholarships cannot be deferred to a future date;
  14. This scholarship is not eligible to be combined with any other tuition scholarship;
  15. Scholarships are non-transferable and will only apply to the programme associated with the offer letter that contains 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 mba@ucd.ie 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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