We are currently accepting applications for Sainsbury Management Fellowships  

Applications need to be submitted by 4pm, 1 June 2020.

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 300 engineers.

Applications for a SMF can be submitted at anytime, even before you have a confirmed place although we would encourage you to only apply if you believe your place will be confirmed prior to interview.  Otherwise, please hold off until the following round.

Please note, individuals will only be invited to interview once they have a confirmed place on a fulltime MBA at one of the eligible business schools.

If you are would like to register your interest in applying for a Sainsbury Management Fellowship in the future, please contact Jacqueline Clay, for future updates about the scheme. In your email, please let us know what business schools you are considering and when you are thinking about applying. 


The overall objective of the scheme is to improve the economic performance of UK engineering, manufacturing and construction businesses by providing a 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.


Nature of the award

Each Fellowship has a financial value of £50,000 to cover tuition fee. Fellowships are tenable for full time MBA study at the following eligible business schools:

In North America:

Harvard Business School

Sloan School of Management - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stanford University – Graduate School of Business

Wharton - University of Pennsylvania

Columbia Business School

Kellogg School of Management – NorthWestern University

Booth School of Business - The University of Chicago

In Europe:

INSEAD - France and Singapore

IMD Switzerland

Imperial College Business School

Rotterdam School of Management - Erasmus University, Netherlands

IESE Business School – University of Navarra, Spain

SDA Bocconi School of Management, Italy

HEC in France

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

Please contact the Programme Manager, Jacqueline Clay, for more information and to register your interest for a Sainsbury Management Fellowship.


SMF Award Funding Pledge

On acceptance of a Sainsbury Management Fellowship, SMFs are expected to pledge their support to the work of the SMFs. You can view the SMF Pledge here:

SMF pledge for recent graduates (56.63 KB)