Sam Akiwumi Scholarships for Africans to Study in France, Singapore or Abu Dhabi


INSEAD – The Business School for the World, in partnership with Sam Akiwumi’s classmates from 2007, Sam’s family and friends, and former colleagues have all contributed to offer the INSEAD Sam Akiwumi Endowed Scholarship program for Africans.

Eligible candidates for the INSEAD Sam Akiwumi Scholarship are targeted at participants from the whole of the African continent, with a preference for Ghanaians.

Interested candidates are invited to apply to the INSEAD MBA programme to qualify to apply for this award. INSEAD Scholarships are highly sought-after sources of financial assistance. They are limited in number with significant competition for each award.

Candidates admitted to the MBA programme from Africa qualify. Preference will be given to Ghanaians and to candidates who demonstrate financial need.

Method of Application
To be considered for the INSEAD Sam Akiwumi Endowed Scholarship, you must complete the Need-based Scholarship application (found on the official website). You also need to complete and submit essays on the topic as described below. All INSEAD’s scholarship applications are on-line except where mentioned otherwise. For all its scholarships, the school requires applicants to provide accurate details of their financial situation.

Essay topic:

  1. Only if you would like to be considered for the IAF Special Profile scholarships, please answer the following question in no more than 400 words: Briefly describe an instance or aspect in your life to date that has made you stand out amongst your peers or that you consider exceptional in one way or another.
  2. In approximately 350 words for all the questions that follow:(a) state why you feel an INSEAD MBA is relevant to your particular career needs, (b) explain how you envisage contributing to the future development of your country/region after graduation.
  3. In approximately 350 words provide a concise but accurate description of your financial circumstances as well as a cash flow forecast for the year e.g. details of income (such as your income, investment income, savings, property rentals,etc) set against details of expenditure (such as local outgoings, INSEAD fees, rent living expenses). How do you expect to finance your studies if you do not obtain a scholarship or financial aid from INSEAD? Why INSEAD should consider you for a need-based scholarship? What amount do you consider appropriate?Please do not forget to submit a number of supporting documents as required.

Each year, the submission of applications is for two classes — the July class (starts in September) and the December class (starts in January). Each of these classes have three application rounds, and deadline dates are as shown below. Applications must be complete and submitted by 23:59 CET on the day of deadline.

For the July 2018 class, application submissions for Round 1 OPENS 24th October 2016 and CLOSE 7th November 2016; while Round 2 applications OPEN 16 January 2017 and CLOSE 31 January 2017; while Round 3 applications OPEN 27 February 2017 and close 13 March 2017.

For the December 18 Class, application submissions for Round 1 OPENS 24th April 2017 and CLOSE 8th May 2017; while Round 2 applications OPEN 5th June 2017 and CLOSE 19th June 2017; while Round 3 OPENS 17 July 2017 and CLOSES 31 July 2017.


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