HEAlliance Oxford Pershing Square Scholar Program 2018 (Full Scholarship for Africans to Study at Saïd Business School)

HEAlliance Oxford Pershing Square Scholar Program 2018 (Full Scholarship for Africans to Study at Saïd Business School)

Deadline: December 30, 2017

Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance (HEA) is now accepting applications for the Oxford Pershing Square Scholar Program. In partnership with the Pershing Square Foundation, the Oxford Pershing Square Scholar Program is a 2 year full tuition plus living stipend award for Africa’s entrepreneurs wishing to scale their impact and pursue an Oxford 1+1 MBA at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, starting in September 2018.

Every year, the Pershing Square Foundation awards up to six full scholarships to support outstanding students on the 1+1 MBA, covering both the Master’s degree and the MBA year. Pershing Square Scholars are exceptional individuals who can demonstrate the potential and commitment to finding scalable and sustainable solutions to world-scale social challenges.


The Oxford 1+1 MBA is a unique opportunity for talented individuals to combine a Master’s degree from one of several Oxford University departments with our one-year MBA. As the global business environment becomes increasingly complex and interconnected, this powerful combination allows you to gain deep knowledge and expertise in your specialist field, as well as developing a comprehensive understanding of business, exceptional leadership skills and practical experience. As a 1+1 MBA student, you will spend your first year completing a Master in your chosen discipline before joining the MBA in your second year. By completing the 1+1 MBA, you will become a dynamic leader who is able to use management practices to translate specific knowledge into practical applications with widereaching impact.

Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance is a platform for highly educated young African social, business and political entrepreneurs, attending leading universities in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Their mission is to capture, inform and engage Africa’s global intellectual capital in the development of Africa.

If you are looking for ways to Magnify your Impact as an entrepreneur in Africa, please consider applying today to join the 11th Class of Harambeans. In partnership with top ranking graduate programs, Harambe awards full scholarships for young African leaders to purse master degrees and hone their entrepreneurial instincts.


  • As well as providing funding for tuition, college fees and a contribution towards living expenses, the Pershing Square Scholars also benefit from a unique mentoring scheme.
  • Scholars will also 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.
  • Access to Harambeans, mentors, Angel & VC funds, pro bono legal services, fellowships and corporate internships –
  • Invitation to Harambe Bretton Woods Symposium and intimate sessions with influential private and public sector leaders around the world


  • Born in Africa and / or current passport holders of an African country
  • Leadership potential, demonstrated through entrepreneurial experience and motivation
  • Academic achievement
  • 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 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


Candidates must apply and be admitted to both Harambe and University of Oxford.

  • December 30, 2017 – Candidates must complete online HEA Application
  • January 5, 2018
    • Candidates will need to submit two Oxford applications, one for the MSc and one for the 1+1 MBA, meeting the entry requirements for both. Apply here.
    • In addition to the Master and MBA applications, you must submit an essay of no more than 500 words addressing this question ‘How do you intend to change the world? What does this tell us about you as a person?’
  • March 16, 2018 – If you have submitted your MSc application, but need more time for the 1+1 MBA, the final deadline is March 16. Please note that most partnering Masters close their applications in January 2018.
  • June 20, 2018 – Pershing Scholarship recipients will receive notification

For more information, visit Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance.