Scholarships

Benefit from one of our scholarships based on merit and need.

Scholarships

Benefit from one of our scholarships based on merit and need.

Diverse funding options to help you plan for the year

We aim to encourage high achievers from around the globe who don’t necessarily have the financial means to apply, but do have the potential, drive and passion that we are looking for. If you have the desire and ability to join this select group, we want to help you.  

IMD is committed to fostering the growth in diversity through our merit and need-based MBA scholarships, which are awarded to candidates who have applied for and accepted an offer to join the IMD MBA program.

*2022 MBA class

59%
of students received a scholarship from IMD.*
75%
of our women students were awarded a scholarship.*
61%
of scholarships awarded were merit-based.*

Financial Need Scholarships

Your future potential is important to us and we are committed to recognising your accomplishments and encouraging applicants who will bring valuable contributions to the overall class. As we cannot award merit scholarships to everyone, if you will need our financial assistance, please be sure to apply for one of our Financial Need Scholarships at the same time as your admissions application and contact one of our loan providers (see our External Funding link for more information). 

Financial Need Scholarships – up to CHF 30K

  • Deadline to apply: same as admissions application
  • Your scholarship application form can be found directly on your admissions application
  • Criteria : Proven financial need, good academic results, strong reference letters, and steady career progression
  • See the Financial Planning section of your Admissions application to apply for a financial need scholarship
  • Recipients confirmed on an ongoing basis
IMD MBA scholarships that require supporting documents

The below scholarships require supporting documents. If you are applying for more than one scholarship, you only need to send the IMD MBA Financial Aid Form once. (You will need to submit your admissions application before you can complete this form).

The Staton Scholarship – CHF 50K
  • Deadline to apply : 1 July
  • Criteria : Be a citizen of Latin America (excluding Brazil) and return for at least three years after graduation. The scholarship will be transformed into a loan should the candidate not return to Latin America.
  • Essay : “The role of entrepreneurs in moving my country forward and my contribution to that goal.” (750 words).
  • Submit the IMD MBA Financial Aid Form and supporting documents.
  • Recipient confirmed by 26 August.
The Hilti Scholarship for Women – CHF 25K
  • Deadline to apply : 1 July
  • Criteria : Preference given to a female engineer from, and living in, an emerging market (Hilti Employees are not eligible).
  • Essay : “Construction is one of the biggest sectors globally. Its scale, ambition and competitiveness pushes suppliers to be highly innovative. Yet these companies are not seen as attractive employers for women. What can they do to change that perception?” (750 words).
  • Submit the IMD MBA Financial Aid Form and supporting documents.
  • Recipient confirmed by 26 October.
The Nestlé Scholarship for Women – CHF 25K
  • Deadline to apply : 1 September
  • Criteria : Preference given to women from developing countries (Employees of Nestlé or its subsidiaries are not eligible).
  • Essay : “Building a diverse and inclusive workplace requires the participation and accountability of each member of the organization. What would you recommend as ways for Nestlé to better foster allyship amongst employees?” (750 words).
  • Submit the IMD MBA Financial Aid Form and supporting documents.
  • Recipient confirmed by 26 October.
The BackPack-Excellence Scholarship for Women – full scholarship
  • Deadline to apply: 1 September, 2022
  • Criteria: Priority will be given to female candidates who have experienced the hardship of being forced to leave their homeland due to conflict or natural disaster, or because they were persecuted for their beliefs.
  • Essay: “Tell us, how, as a displaced woman, an MBA at IMD will be transformative for you and indirectly for other women.” (500 words).
  • Submit the IMD MBA Financial Aid Form and supporting documents.
  • Recipient confirmed by 26 October.

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IMD MBA scholarships for best all-round applicants

These scholarships are awarded to the best all-round applicants who meet the additional criteria. No scholarship application is necessary, however recipients are typically those with a high GMAT/GRE score, who clearly demonstrate qualities such as career progress, an international outlook, an open mind and strong interpersonal skills throughout their application and assessment day. Recipients are confirmed at the time of the admissions offer.

Scholarship

Amount

Criteria

Young Leaders Scholarships

up to CHF 50K

Demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and be aged 24-27 years old

Swiss Resident Scholarship

CHF 25 - 50K

Be currently living in Switzerland with a valid work permit or Swiss passport

Forté Women Scholarships

CHF 20K

Women applicants who apply for the 1 Feb or 1 May admissions deadline

Leadership Scholarships

CHF 30K

Demonstrate exceptional leadership experience or potential

Entrepreneur Scholarship

up to CHF 30K

Demonstrate strong entrepreneurial experience

Sustainability Scholarship

up to CHF 30K

Demonstrate exceptional sustainability impact

Healthcare Scholarship

up to CHF 30K

Demonstrate strong work experience in the healthcare industry

Military Scholarship

up to CHF 30K

Have a professional military background with strong achievements

Sports Scholarship

up to CHF 30K

Demonstrate a strong professional sports background

Tech Scholarship

up to CHF 30K

Demonstrate strong work experience in the tech industry

German Engineer Scholarship

up to CHF 30K

Be a citizen of Germany and demonstrate a strong engineering background

Africa Scholarships

up to CHF 30K

Be a citizen of this region

Asia Scholarships

up to CHF 30K

Be a citizen of this region

Europe Scholarships

up to CHF 30K

Be a citizen of this region

Latin America Scholarships

up to CHF 30K

Be a citizen of this region

Middle East Scholarships

up to CHF 30K

Be a citizen of this region

North America

up to CHF 30K

Be a citizen of this region

Oceania

up to CHF 30K

Be a citizen of this region

Create our Future scholarships

The winner of each of our Assessment Challenges will be awarded a scholarship. With the exception of the CO-RO Challenge, please note that applicants from these challenges are not eligible for our regular Admissions Process in the same year.

We are looking for applicants who demonstrate leadership and potential, have solid previous experience and achievements, and have the drive and capacity to think out of the box and make a positive impact in the world.

Visit our Assessment Challenges page for details.

Visit our Admissions Process page for details about our Assessment Challenges.