QS World Merit

QS WM MBA Leadership Scholarship

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31 May 2023
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QS is proud to announce the QS Leadership scholarship. This scholarship is designed to identify applicants who demonstrate an exceptionally strong level of leadership and innovative thinking. Eligibility Criteria: • You must attend a QS recruitment event (World Grad School Tour, World MBA Tour, Connect Masters, Connect MBA, STEM, etc.) either in-person or online. • You must start your first year of study in the next academic year. • You must study at an MBA or EMBA level. • You must have accepted an offer from a school by the time we select a winner in June. • The scholarship must go towards your tuition fee.

Application criteria

Application requirements

QS Event attendance is required

Essay submission is needed

Entry requirements

You can be admitted to any school on the appropriate level

Essay Brief

Tell us about a specific occasion where you demonstrated your leadership abilities contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals* set by the UN. Explain a challenge you overcame and the lesson you learned. Deadline 31st May 2023 11:59pm BST * The 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to transform our world

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Frequently asked questions

What does QS World Merit Scholarships stand for?

We’re  QS, and we are the leading network for careers and education. Our mission is to enable motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfil their potential through educational achievement, international mobility, and career development. One of the ways we help is through our QS Scholarships platform. In 2020 this merged with the World Merit charity organization, and now offers joint scholarships. These are our QS World Merit (QS WM) Scholarships.

What is the difference between scholarships funded by an institution or by QS World Merit?

A scholarship by an institution is completely sponsored by them, therefore you must be applying for that institution to be eligible. You must be accepted to study there to win the scholarship. Further eligibility criteria and requirements vary by scholarship.

QS World Merit Scholarships are offered jointly between the World Merit charity organization and us at QS. You can be admitted to any institution on the appropriate study level to be considered. Take a look at the further eligibility criteria on the respective scholarship.

Which scholarships are funded by QS World Merit?

QS WM Leadership Scholarship for MBA Studies $10.000 - Deadline 31st May 11:59pm BST

QS WM Community Scholarship for MBA Studies 2* $5.000 – Deadline 31st May 11:59pm BST

QS WM Social Responsibility Scholarship for Master`s Studies $10.000 - Deadline 30th April 11:59pm BST

QS WM Academic Excellence Scholarship Master`s and PhD Studies $10.000 – Deadline 30th April 11:59pm BST

QS WM Women`s Scholarship $5.000 - Deadline 30th April 11:59pm BST

QS WM Undergraduate Scholarship for Bachelor`s Studies $5.000 - Deadline 30th April 11:59pm BST

What is the timeline for QS World Merit Scholarships?

Our QS World Merit Scholarships all have different deadlines, but follow a similar process:

Two weeks after the scholarship deadline 

The QS World Merit Scholarship Selection Committee aims to finish evaluating the applications and select the shortlisted candidates two weeks after the deadline. This is when we email the shortlisted candidates and ask them to send us information about the school they have been admitted to, the program they`ll be studying, the program start date, their tuition fee amount and info on any other scholarships won plus check they’ve attended one of our events (if required) 

Three weeks after the deadline 

We then send the eligible shortlisted applications to the QS World Merit Scholarship decision makers. We ask them to make a final decision by the end of the month following the deadline.  

Four to five weeks after the deadline 

We contact the winner(s) selected and ask them to: 

  • Fill out and sign a winner agreement form 
  • Send us the admissions letter from the school 
  • Send the school's account details on a letter-headed document 
  • Send any info that needs to be mentioned on the payment (eg. student ID, name) 
  • Send along a picture of themselves plus their social media 

We also put them in touch with our writers and social media team, who will publish an interview on our websites and social channels. Once we have all the documents from the selected winner, we inform the applicants who didn't win about the status of their application. 

Five to six weeks after the deadline 

We announce the winners and publish their interviews. 

What are the eligibility criteria for the QS Scholarships?

You are eligible to apply if you start your studies in the next academic year (e.g. if you start your studies in the 2022/2023 academic year you can apply for scholarships with a deadline in 2022).  

You must have an offer or a conditional offer from the school by the scholarship deadline and you must have accepted the offer by the time we announce the winner in the following month.  

You must attend a QS recruitment event (World Grad School Tour, World MBA Tour, Connect Masters, Connect MBA, STEM, etc.) to be eligible to apply for a QS Scholarship, except for the QS Undergraduate Scholarship, where the requirement is that you`re admitted to a school that features on any of our QS Rankings.  

You must submit the relevant essay.  

You must study at the required level. 

The award must go towards your tuition fee. 

Am I eligible to apply to the QS World Merit Scholarship if I don’t need to pay a tuition fee?

The scholarship can only go towards your tuition fee, so unfortunately you won't be awarded in this case. 

Am I eligible to apply to the QS WM Scholarship if I already started my first year of study?

Unfortunately, no. QS WM Scholarships are offered to candidates who are about to start their first year of study at the appropriate level. 

Can I apply to the QS WM Scholarships before I attend a QS event?

Yes, you need to attend a QS recruitment event by the time we select a winner (about 4 weeks after the scholarship deadline).  

Am I eligible to apply to the QS WM Scholarships if I attended a QS event in the past?

Yes, you are eligible to apply if you have attended a QS recruitment event in the past year.

Is it a problem if I used a different email address to attend a QS event and apply for a scholarship?

No, it's not a problem. If possible, please mention this in your application. 

I submitted the wrong essay. How can I withdraw it and submit the correct essay?

The website offers you the possibility to change your essay. The evaluation process starts after the deadline, so you`re free to change your essay any time before that. 

Can I use a QS WM Scholarship to cover living costs, books, or accommodation?

Unfortunately, no. The scholarship must go towards your tuition fees. 

Can you tell me why I didn't win a QS WM Scholarship and give advice on how I can improve my application?

Unfortunately, due to the huge number of applications and the number of queries we receive from applicants, the team doesn't have the capacity to give individual feedback on the applications received. 

Will I receive the QS WM Scholarships to my personal bank account?

No, we transfer the money directly to the school where you have been admitted to. You won't actually see or receive the money, but you`ll have to pay less for your tuition fee from your own pocket. 

When do you proceed with the QS WM Scholarships payment?

We aim to make the payment to the school on the winner`s behalf as soon as possible. It mainly depends how fast we received the supporting documents from the winner. 

When will the winner of the QS WM Scholarships be announced?

We email all the applicants with the status of their application four to five weeks after the deadline and aim to announce a winner about five weeks after the deadline.