Hersh Shah, one of  this year's SMF fellows.

SMF awards �270 000 in MBA scholarships

Sainsbury Management Fellows (SMF) has awarded £270,000 in scholarships to nine engineers to take their MBA at international business schools.

SMF was created by Lord Sainsbury to help engineers acquire skills that will take them into the boardrooms of Britain’s blue-chip companies. Since its inception in 1987, 330 engineers have benefited from the scheme.

This year fellowships have been awarded to Charles Sudburough, Kwok Gam Ng, Jorgina Busquets, Nicholas Allan, Philip Price, Farid Singh, Hersh Shah, Christopher Mannion and Nikhil Sachdeva.

“I have spent the last eight years working with executives of some of the UK’s largest aerospace, defence and industrial companies on corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets,” says Hersh Shah. “I have decided to pursue an MBA at IMD Switzerland to broaden my international outlook, develop leadership awareness and gain new perspectives on solving global industrial issues from my future classmates and professors. I believe this will better place me to contribute to UK industry as my career progresses.

“I am delighted and privileged to be awarded the Sainsbury Management Fellowship and am grateful for its support,” he continues. “In particular, I look forward to being a part of the unique SMF network and hope to contribute to the future growth and advancement of UK industry in a global and competitive business environment.”

Ten scholarships are available each year and applications can be made individually or in conjunction with an employer.  

To apply, you must have a first or upper second class honours degree in an engineering subject, have Chartered Engineer status or be making progress towards it, have the potential and ambition to achieve senior management level and have secured a place at one of the 14 business schools that participate in the SMF scheme.

Candidates complete an online application form and submit it with the required references and supporting documents. Shortlisted candidates are then invited to attend a panel interview.

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