Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation scholarships now open

Prof Miranda Brawn with Foundation’s Trustees and 2023 scholarship winners at Hogan Lovells in October 2023

Applications for the annual Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship open tomorrow, Friday 1 March.

Awarded by The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation (TMBDLF), the scholarships are aimed at future diversity leaders.

They are available to full-time students at a UK education institution – from GCSE to PhD level – to pursue their own education and career ambitions.

A scholarship also includes high-level networking opportunities, mentoring from leaders in the student’s chosen field and the possibility of work experience.

“TMBDLF shares a drive to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging,” said Miranda Brawn, a former Lambeth Equality Commissioner.

“We believe passionately that background should not be a barrier, and that anyone with the motivation should have the opportunity to pursue a career in their chosen industry.

“This is why we have provided thousands of pounds worth of education scholarships to young people of diverse backgrounds who want to excel with their education and career while helping to create a diverse and fair world in and out of the workplace.

“Scholarship recipients must have curiosity, passion, and drive, the genuine desire to improve diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, in and out of the workplace, in order to have a positive impact on the world.”

Scholarships are available across many fields of study and sectors, including:

  • Law, sponsored by the leading global legal business Hogan Lovells 
  • Finance and business – supporting, the University of Roehampton
  • Science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics 
  • Medical, with support from Guy’s and St Thomas NHS foundation trust
  • A multi-sector scholarship for applicants in a sector not specifically listed 
  • Black Women on Boards (for all industries and supporting Black and mixed-race female student leaders with Black African, Caribbean and other Black heritage aiming for the boardroom membership) 
  • Charity, for people interested in working in the third sector
  • ESG – environmental, social and governance
  • Disability and neurodiversity, sponsored by the international law form Reed Smith – this scholarship is specifically open to part-time students who are unable to study full-time due to their disability
  • Global Gender Human Rights – for future human rights leaders with an interest in eliminating gender discrimination in the UK and globally.

To be eligible for the scholarship programme, students must:

  • meet all the entry requirements for their full-time course
  • enrol as full-time students in the UK
  • have a good academic standard and/or aspire to achieve a good academic standard
  • be able to commit the time and effort necessary to complete the scholarship programme
  • have a demonstrable and genuine interest in diversity.

There is no restriction on the nationality of the students. You have to be a UK resident. Students from all races and social backgrounds are welcome as long as they meet all the entry requirements for the scholarship program.

Scholarships are available for full-time studies ranging from GCSE to doctorate levels.

TMBDLF does not offer grants or payment of school or university fees directly, but the scholarship funding may be used for this.

The judges who choose successful applicants are leaders at the top of their profession across a range of industries and are passionate about increasing diversity and supporting The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation to sustain the future growth of diversity leaders.

Successful applications are announced at the annual Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Lecture in October.

Applying is free and should take about 20 minutes by following the foundation’s application process guidelines.

Application should be submitted before 5pm on 30 June this year. Because of the volume received, the foundation does not confirm receipt of applications. For successful applicants, the programme will begin by January and continue until September of the following year.