The IMD committment to fostering diversity and potential

We aim at having gender parity amongst our MBAs and seek to actively promote a world where diversity is more equally represented in both business and society leadership roles.

In our 2021 class, 79% of the accepted women applicants received a scholarship.

Out of the 98 participants, 35% are women

While women are considered for all of our scholarships, in particular, the below have been created specifically to encourage women who are driven to make an impact.

Scholarship Opportunities and Criteria

Scholarships are granted subject to nomination by the scholarship selection committee, acceptance into the program and confirmation of your intention to participate in the program by paying the advance deposit.

IMD MBA Scholarships for Women

Forté Foundation Women Scholarships - CHF 20K

  • Awarded to the two best female all-round applicants from the February or May admission deadlines. No scholarship application is necessary and recipients will be confirmed at the time of the admissions offer. 

The Hilti Scholarship for Women - CHF 25K

  • Deadline to apply : September 1st
  • Criteria : Preference given to a female engineer from, and living in, an emerging market
  • 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)
  • Financial Need : Submit the IMD MBA Financial Aid Form and supporting documents to [email protected] 
  • Confirmation : Recipient confirmed by October 26th
  • Hilti Employees are not eligible to apply

The Nestlé Scholarship for Women - CHF 25K

  • Deadline to apply : September 1st
  • Criteria : Preference given to women from developing countries.
  • 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) 
  • Financial Need : Submit the IMD MBA Financial Aid Form and supporting documents to [email protected] 
  • Confirmation : Recipient confirmed by October 26th
  • Employees of Nestlé or its subsidiaries are not eligible.

Alternative Funding Options

If you would also like to explore some external sources of MBA funding for women, we recommend you take a look at our External Funding page.

Increased uncertainty in 2020 made the decision to leave the work force and study for an MBA even harder. Through their support, the Forte Foundation has made my journey possible.

Emma Aline James

MBA 2021 Candidate

Forté Foundation Scholarship for Women winner

Disclaimer

IMD reserves the right not to award a scholarship if the criteria are not met to the satisfaction of the jury/sponsors.