INSEAD Antonio Borges Endowed Scholarship


The Antonio Borges Endowed Scholarship has been established in memory of Antonio Borges who died in 2013 after a brave battle against cancer. A highly-respected dean of INSEAD (1993 – 2000), MBA programme dean (1986 – 1990), talented economics professor and widely-regarded business leader, Antonio Borges was also a true international, with deep connections to his native Portugal. A visionary, he shaped INSEAD's history by setting up the campus in Singapore and greatly enhancing INSEAD's research agenda.

The scholarship received its first major donation in January 2014 from a generous INSEAD alumnus who kindly offered to transfer the endowed fund that he had created at INSEAD in 2008 to the Antonio Borges Endowed Scholarship. Subsequently, the scholarship has received additional funding from Antonio’s family, friends, and colleagues as well as many INSEAD alumni.


The Antonio Borges Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to candidates who demonstrate outstanding academic achievements and promise, and whose background, work experience and personal profile contribute to the breadth and depth of ‘diversity’ in the MBA programme. The scholarship does not discriminate against nationality, sex, race or religion. Preference will be given to candidates requiring financial assistance. Only candidates who are admitted to the MBA programme or are in the interview process may apply.

Essay topic :

1).The essays submitted for INSEAD Diversity Scholarships will be reviewed.
2).In approximately 300 words for all the questions that follow: (a) introduce yourself and include an account of your early years i.e. where you grew up and the primary and secondary schools you attended. How did you finance your secondary education? (b) briefly describe how you envisage contributing to the future development of your country/region after graduation and (c) Give the main reason why an INSEAD MBA is relevant to your future career development.
3).In approximately 300 words provide a concise but accurate description of your financial circumstances as well as your budget for the year at INSEAD. How do you expect to finance your studies if you do not obtain a scholarship from INSEAD? Why INSEAD should consider you for a Diversity scholarship? What amount do you consider appropriate? Please do not forget to submit a number of supporting documents as required.
4).Only if you would like to be considered for the IAF Special Profile scholarships, please answer the following question in no more than 300 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.(If not applicable, please enter N/A)
5).Please outline how, if you are successful in your career, you might help others in theirs.
6).Only if you would like to be considered for the INSEAD Alumni Fund Robin Hood Scholarship: in approximately 350 words give the main reason for your application for the IAF Robin Hood Scholarship. Award recipients will be expected to lead the on-campus campaign. State how you will get involved and make peers participate. What are your ideas for the campaign?(If not applicable, please enter N/A. Please note that this scholarship is on offer for the candidates in the rounds 1 and 2.

Amount of Award:

€15 000

Application Format:

To be considered for this scholarship, please apply under INSEAD Diversity scholarships.

Scholarship Application Deadline:

July 2020 Class:
Round 1:
Applications Open: 22 October 2018
Deadline: 5 November 2018
Round 2:
Applications Open: 17 December 2018
Deadline: 4 January 2019
Round 3:
Applications Open: 11 February 2019
Deadline: 25 February 2019

December 2020 Class:
Round 1:
Applications Open: 25 March 2019
Deadline: 8 April 2019
Round 2:
Applications Open: 20 May 2019
Deadline: 3 June 2019
Round 3:
Applications Open: 8 July 2019
Deadline: 22 July 2019

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