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Schemes for Professional Engineers

Sainsbury Management Fellowships

The Sainsbury Management Fellowship Scheme funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, enables engineers of high career potential to undertake full time MBA courses at major international business schools. Since 1987, the scheme has supported more than 250 engineers.


The overall objective of the scheme is to improve the economic performance of UK engineering, manufacturing and construction businesses by providing a human resource of highly motivated engineers, who have complemented their technical qualifications and skills with a first class business education in an international environment.

A Sainsbury Management Fellowship is a prestigious award; it is expected that award holders will go on to become senior managers and leaders in UK industry and make a major contribution to the economic prosperity of the nation. The selection of award holders is directed to this end.

Nature of the award

Each Fellowship has a financial value of 30,000. Fellowships are tenable for full time MBA study at the following business schools:

In North America In Europe
[University of Chicago]
[INSEAD in France and Singapore]
[IMD in Switzerland]
[London Business School in the UK]
[RSM in The Netherlands]
[IESE in Spain]
[SDA Bocconi in Italy]
[HEC in France]

The scheme does not support the study of part time, distance learning or executive MBA courses.

Who is eligible?

A suitable candidate will:

  • be a UK citizen normally domicile in the United Kingdom;

  • ideally have a first or upper second class honours degree in an engineering subject;

  • have Chartered Engineer status or be making substantial progress towards it; Chartered Engineers will be given priority for panel interview places.

  • have the potential and ambition to achieve senior management responsibility early in their career.

The award of a Sainsbury Management Fellowship will depend on the candidate obtaining a place at the chosen business school using the school’s normal application procedure.

Applicants should consult the instructions to applicants before completing an application form.

Application procedure

The shortlisting stage may take up to four weeks from a completed application being received. Once shortlisted candidates have secured a place at business school, they are placed in the candidate pool and ready to be invited to a Selection Panel. It is at the Selection Panel where the final decision is reached on the award of a Sainsbury Management Fellowship. Invitations to attend Selection Panels are subject to the availability of places and at the discretion of the Academy.

Applications can be made in conjunction with an employer or by an individual acting independently. Where an employer supports an application, it is helpful if a covering letter confirming this with outline plans for the candidate’s subsequent career development is provided. Applications may be made at any time but preferably four months before the intended date of entry to business school, regardless of whether a place has been secured.

Selection Panel

The award of a Sainsbury Management Fellowship is entirely at the discretion of the Selection Panel and any decision of the Panel is final on all matters.

Further Information

All enquiries and references should be sent to our Programme Manager:

Kerry Brandon

Tel: 020 7766 0643

[E-mail Kerry Brandon]


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