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UN Women Australia MBA Scholarship

A scholarship to accelerate gender equality in the MBA

Tuition fee scholarship funded by the Business School recognise outstanding leadership, with a commitment to enhancing women’s rights and opportunities.


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Tuition fees
  • Domestic student
  • Commencing a part-time MBA
6 June 2022 18 July 2022

How to apply

See UN Women MBA Scholarship.


Full tuition fees for a maximum of four years for a student enrolled part-time.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be a domestic student
  • be eligible for admission into the MBA.

Note: Current MBA students, employees of the University of Sydney, and employers of UN Women Australia are not eligible to apply.

1. Background

a. This Scholarship has been generously funded by the University of Sydney Business School and the UN Women Australia to advance their shared commitment to women’s leadership and accelerating progress towards gender equality.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must be domestic and eligible for admission into the Master of Business Administration (MBA) within the Business School at the University of Sydney.

b. Students currently enrolled in the University of Sydney MBA, employees of the University of Sydney or UN Women’s Australia are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:

i. eligibility for the MBA Program

ii. academic merit,

iii. curriculum vitae, and

iv. a personal statement demonstrating leadership experience and potential; commitment to enhancing women’s leadership; an interest in international relations, gender and development; a passion for using business skills to drive social change; and what the applicant hopes to achieve professionally and personally by completing an MBA.

b. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a discussion forum hosted by the University of Sydney Business School themed around gender and development issues. Attendees will be invited to then submit a short reflective essay on a topic provided at the forum.

c. Upon reviewing the essays, applicants will be shortlisted and are required to attend an interview with the Scholarship Selection Committee.

d. The Scholarship will be awarded by a selection committee consisting of the Program Director, MBA, or their delegate, a representative from the UN Women Australia, or their nominated delegate and an Alumnus of the MBA

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will cover full tuition fees for a maximum of four years for a student enrolled part-time.

b. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted without the prior permission of Program Director of the MBA and it is not transferable to another University school, faculty or university.

c. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funds.

d. No other amount is payable. Recipients are responsible for the payment of the Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF).

5. Ongoing eligibility

a. To continue receipt of the Scholarship, the recipient must maintain a minimum Semester Average Mark (SAM) of 65 each semester.

b. The recipient must maintain a minimum enrolment load of 18 credit points of study per year, with a continuous enrolment each semester.

c. Suspension of the scholarship is only permitted under exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the relevant Associate Dean (or their nominee).

6. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated if the recipient:

i. withdraws from an eligible course or fails to enrol,

ii. does not enrol in a minimum of 18 credit points of study each year

iii. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance,

iv. is determined by the University to be guilty of serious misconduct, including, but not limited to, having provided false or misleading information as part of their Scholarship application,

v. is awarded an alternative primary scholarship. In such circumstances this scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative scholarship where the alternative scholarship is of higher value,

vi. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or

vii. any other provision as indicated in these terms that would lead to termination.

b. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.

c. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or withdraws from the relevant course, the University reserves the right to request that any Scholarship funds paid to the Scholarship recipient be reimbursed.

7. Representation

a. The recipient will be invited to promote the MBA Program and represent the University of Sydney Business School at student orientation, marketing and corporate networking events.