Oxford Pershing Square Scholarships 2019-21 at University of Oxford

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The Pershing Square Foundation supports Oxford Pershing Square Scholarship with an aim to aid exceptional leaders and innovative organizations that tackle social issues and deliver scalable and sustainable impact. It is committed to supporting areas such as economic development, education, healthcare, justice and the arts.

The Pershing Square Foundation’s gift of £4.5m will endow the scholarships in perpetuity. The University of Oxford has provided a further £3m under the Oxford Graduate Scholarship Matched Fund, taking the total funding to £7.5m.

In 2006, Bill and Karen Ackman founded The Pershing Square Foundation (PSF) to support exceptional leaders and innovative organizations that tackle important social issues and deliver scalable and sustainable impact across the globe.  In the decade since, PSF has committed $400 million in grants and social investments across a number of fields, including health and medicine, education, economic development and social justice.  By investing in pioneering individuals, non-profits and mission-driven companies who dare to re-imagine the possible, PSF has helped to bring about important breakthroughs, from cancer research and small-scale agriculture to criminal justice reform and educational opportunities for young people in communities around the world. Oxford Pershing Square Scholarship is one such initiative.

Born and raised in New York City, Karen Ackman graduated from Vassar College and received a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Harvard University. She is a landscape architect and artist who has focused her career on public work as a designer for the Central Park Conservancy, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, and Judith Heintz Landscape Architecture. She serves on the boards of Friends of the High Line, Human Rights Watch and Vassar College.

Location: United Kingdom


  • The Pershing Square Foundation awards up to five full scholarships to support outstanding students on the 1+1 MBA, covering both the Master’s degree and the MBA year.
  • The Scholarship provides funding for tuition, college fees and at least £14,553 toward living expenses for both years of study.
  • Recipients are exceptional individuals who can demonstrate the potential and commitment to finding scalable and sustainable solutions to world-scale social challenges
  • You can pursue any of the partnering Master’s degrees and combine it with their MBA.
  • It is also available if you are currently studying one of the Master’s partnering programmes and wish to apply to the MBA programme.
  • You will be invited to a spring ‘trek’ to New York City hosted by the Pershing Square Foundation, where you can participate in meetings and workshops with leading innovators and change makers.
  • You can also attend prestigious conferences and events throughout the year, including the Ditchely Conferences and the Skoll World Forum.
  • You will also have opportunities for mentorship and networking with inspirational individuals and organisations that are part of the Pershing Square Foundation’s community.


Scholarships are awarded to individuals with:

  • Academic achievement
  • Leadership potential demonstrated through experience and motivation
  • Strong personal character, integrity and commitment
  • Intention to focus on addressing world-scale social challenges in your career, either in an existing organisation or through the development of a new enterprise
  • Ability to envision how to achieve scalable and sustainable solutions to these challenges
  • Articulated vision on how the Oxford 1+1 MBA will allow you to fulfil your objectives
  • Highlight these attributes in your MBA application, scholarship essay and interview answers.

Eligible Regions: Open for All.


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