Backpack Excellence Scholarship for Women 2024 [Fully Funded]

Applications are invited from women all over the world for the IMD Backpack Excellence Scholarship Award which intends to help women to obtain the leadership skills they need to advance in business and public life and fulfill their leadership ambitions.

The scholarship seeks to actualize a transformational experience to talented and driven women who may not have the funding to pursue a masters program.


  • Scholarship Sponsor(s): Swiss Foundation
  • Host Institution(s): International Institute for Management Development, Switzerland
  • Scholarship Type: Fully Funded
  • Scholarship Worth: CHF 133,500
  • Number of Awards: Several
  • Study Level: Masters (MBA)
  • Nationality: All Nationalities

See Also: Women in Finance FINCAD Scholarship Award 2024/25

Backpack Excellence Scholarship for Women | Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the IMD Backpack Scholarship 2024, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate excellence in previous academic and/or professional endeavours, including GPA (or equivalent) and GMAT/GRE.
  • Convince IMD of your ambition and ability to use your education to pursue a leadership role.
  • Career progression and international exposure.
  • Ability to contribute to the overall learning experience of the class.
  • Performance during the Assessment Day.
  • Essay: “Tell us how, as a displaced women, an MBA at IMD will be transformative for you and indirectly for other women in your community, and what are your main learning objectives.” (500 words).
  • Priority will be given to talented and driven women who may have believed that an MBA program was out of reach due to limitations and disruptions in their professional path. These may include family obligations, forced migration and financial constraints.

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Interested applicants for the Backpack Scholarship for Women are to complete the Scholarships and Bursaries form found under the Financial Planning section of their MBA application form.

Please note that you may apply for multiple scholarships, however scholarships are non-cumulative, therefore you will not be selected for more than one.

Application Deadline: 1st July, 2024

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