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UN Women Australia MBA Scholarships

Applications close on Sunday 3 November 2019
We have partnered with UN Women Australia to recognise outstanding leadership, with a commitment to enhancing women’s rights and opportunities.

The University of Sydney Business School and UN Women Australia share a commitment to advancing gender equality in the workplace and particularly in senior leadership roles.

We are delighted to offer two scholarships for our flagship MBA programs, valued at over $60,000 each, to recognise outstanding leadership, with a commitment to enhancing women’s rights and opportunities.

Katie Moore, UN Women Australia MBA Scholarship recipient


Our part-time MBA has a strong focus on developing the personal and interpersonal skills needed to lead in today’s hyper-connected, global environment – so that you can become your future anything.

Ranked No.1 in Australia, the degree is designed for professionals with 3-5 years of relevant experience looking to take their career to the next level and break into senior management.

The part-time MBA scholarship is open to applicants who meet the eligibility criteria for the program, and covers full tuition fees for a maximum of four years of part-time study.

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Experience a truly global Executive MBA. Your journey will take you across Australia, to England, India, Israel and the United States. Achieve the future you’ve imagined.

Our Executive MBA is ranked No.1 in Australia and has been specifically designed for senior executives with at least 10 years of experience, and it is ideally suited for seasoned professionals ready to extend their influence.

The Global Executive MBA scholarship is open to applicants who meet the eligibility criteria for the program, and covers 66% of the tuition fees, tenable for the 1.5 year span of the degree.

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Selection process (MBA)

Entrants must complete an initial application and submit a statement of motivation.

Applications open
9am Monday 23 September 2019

Applications close
11.59PM Sunday 3 November 2019

Shortlisted applicants are required to attend a group discussion forum at our Sydney CBD campus and submit a short reflective essay.

Discussion forum 
Wednesday 13 November 2019 (MBA)
Friday 8 November 2019 (Global Executive MBA)

Reflective essays due
11.59PM Sunday 17 November 2019 (MBA)
11.59PM Sunday 10 November 2019 (Global Executive MBA)

Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend an in-person interview with the judging panel.

Finalist interviews 
Thursday 14 November 2019 (Global Executive MBA)
Tuesday 3 December 2019 (MBA)

Scholarship announcement
Friday 15 November 2019 (Global Executive MBA)
Wednesday 4 December 2019 (MBA)

How to complete your application

  • Submit an online application form
  • Upload a copy of your CV, academic transcript, and personal statement of motivation detailing:
    • Leadership experience and potential in their chosen field
    • A demonstrated commitment to enhancing women’s leadership
    • An interest in international relations, gender and development; and
    • A passion for using business skills to drive social change


The UN Women Australia MBA and Executive MBA Scholarships are open to all applicants who meet the eligibility criteria for admission to the part-time MBA and Global Executive MBA at the University of Sydney. Applicants need not have applied for the degree prior to applying for the scholarship – however – only those applicants deemed eligible for entry to the part-time MBA via the prevailing admissions processes are eligible to be awarded the scholarship.

The degree is currently not available to international students requiring a student visa. Current students enrolled in the University of Sydney MBA, University of Sydney employees and UN Women Australia employees are not eligible to apply.

About the partnership

The Business School and UN Women Australia joined forces in 2014 in a shared effort to promote gender equality at the most senior levels of the nation's public, corporate and not-for-profit sectors, and in a united goal to further women's education.

Meet our previous recipients

Our partnership with UN Women Australia has made it possible for thirteen inspiring leaders to undertake the MBA. The calibre of our recipients is a true testament to the work being done by these individuals to advance gender equality and make an impact in their communities through their expertise and influence. Read their stories.

Tara Edgtton

Tara Edgtton, UN Women NC Australia MBA Scholarship recipient
Australian Federal Police Officer
Tara Edgtton has been an Australian Federal Police Officer for 19 years and has worked across a diverse range of leadership and support roles, including most recently as Acting Director of Leadership Education (Design) at the Australian Institute of Police Management.
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Nancy Nguyen

Nancy Nguyen, UN Women NC Australia MBA Scholarship recipient
Commercial Manager, Woodside Energy
Nancy Nguyen was our inaugural recipient in 2014. A Perth-based Commercial Manager for Woodside Energy with 11 years in the oil and gas industry, she is helping transform the future of green energy and empowering others on issues of gender diversity in the sector.
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