Sainsbury Management Fellows


faq-arrow What is a Sainsbury Management Fellows Scholarship?
This scholarship is awarded to engineers to assist them in studying for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree at one of the leading business schools that take part in the Sainsbury Management Fellows scholarship programme.

The £50,000 scholarship enables the successful applicants to add business, finance and marketing expertise to the skills they gained through their engineering training and qualifications. The qualifications, experience and contacts gained through the MBA programme will assist the newly graduated Sainsbury Management Fellows in their ambition to secure senior level roles in blue-chip companies or to start and grow their own enterprises.

faq-arrow How many scholarships are awarded?
Ten scholarships are awarded annually. This amounts to £500,000 worth of scholarships, with each successful candidate receiving £50,000.
faq-arrow Who is eligible for a Sainsbury Management Fellows Scholarship?
Applicants must have a confirmed place on a full-time MBA programme at one of the 14 eligible business schools and have a first degree in an engineering discipline, preferably a first or upper second class.

  • Applicants must be an EU/EEA citizen, normally domiciled in the United Kingdom
  • Applicants should ideally have Chartered Engineer status or be making substantial progress towards it
  • Applicants would usually have 4-10 years professional experience post degree
  • Applicants should have a strong commitment to technology and engineering
faq-arrow What is the application date for a scholarship?
There are 1-2 application rounds each year. For more information about application deadlines please visit the Royal Academy of Engineering’s website.
faq-arrow Can the scholarship be used at any business school?
Fourteen business schools around the world participate in the Sainsbury Management Fellows scholarship programme. Only MBA candidates who gain a place (or plan to study) at these schools may apply for the scholarship.
faq-arrow Do I need to have a place at a business school before applying for a scholarship?
Yes, you must have a confirmed place at a business school.
faq-arrow Can I apply for a scholarship for a part-time or distance learning MBA?
The Sainsbury Management Fellows scholarship is open only to candidates who will be studying for a full-time MBA at one of the participating business schools.
faq-arrow Can I apply for a scholarship for an executive MBA?
The Sainsbury Management Fellows scholarship is open only to candidates who will be studying for a full-time MBA at one of the participating business schools.
faq-arrow Is the scholarship available for both 1 and 2 year MBAs?
Yes, as long as you study at one of the business schools participating in the scholarship programme.
faq-arrow What does the application process involve?
A written submission with supporting evidence is required. This is followed by an interview for the short-listed applicants. Full details of the application process can be found on the Royal Academy of Engineering’s website. The RAEng administers the scholarship applications with the involvement of Sainsbury Management Fellows. You can also read brief details on the application criteria and process on this website.
faq-arrow Can my employer apply for the scholarship on my behalf?
Applications can be made by you in conjunction with your employer, not exclusively by your employer. Where an employer supports an application, it is helpful if a covering letter confirming this with outline plans for your future career development.
faq-arrow How long after I submit my application for a scholarship will I wait before hearing if I am successful?
Applications are checked against the eligible criteria (eg having a confirmed place at one of the designated business schools) and then reviewed. Shortlisted candidates and then invited to an interview. This process takes approximately 4-6 weeks. The confirmation of the award takes place within 2 weeks after the interview.
faq-arrow Who conducts the panel interview?
Members of the Royal Academy of Engineering together with Sainsbury Management Fellows who have previously gone through the same application and selection process.
faq-arrow What do I need to prepare for the Selection Panel interview panel?
As with any interview, preparation and confidence are key to success. Sainsbury Management Fellows have pooled their experiences and written an advice article to help applicants with the application process and the panel interview. Click here to read the article.
faq-arrow How is the scholarship paid?
The £50,000 scholarship is paid as a lump sum directly to successful candidates before they start their MBA course.
faq-arrow Is the scholarship to be used for specific items?
The successful candidates take full responsibility for how they use their £50,000 scholarship fund. The scholarship can be used for fees, course materials, relocation costs – whatever is helpful to the candidate.
faq-arrow How many people have been awarded scholarships already?
330 engineers have received a scholarship.
faq-arrow Can I apply for the scholarship more than once, if I’m not successful the first time?
Yes, you may re-apply for a scholarship if you were unsuccessful the first time and have not already taken a full-time MBA course.
faq-arrow What happens after graduation? / How do I become part of the SMF network?
After graduation, you will become a Sainsbury Management Fellow. You will receive a welcome pack which will inform you about the support and networking opportunities available to Fellows – this includes an invitation to a New Members Dinner. Also, you will be invited to join the LinkedIn group, Engineers in Business which enables you to proactively engage with other SMFs. You will also receive details of the modest annual membership fee which helps to fund member events and resources.
faq-arrow What is Engineers in Business Fellowship and how does it relate to Sainsbury Management Fellows?
When SMF became a registered charity, the charity was named Engineers in Business Fellowship (EBIF). The Sainsbury Management Fellows is EIBF’s scholarship programme.
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