Scholarship guide

You can view all available INSEAD scholarships here. The process for applying for scholarships and their deadlines along with other important scholarship considerations are outlined below.

July 2019
Applications start
Decision notification
23 October 2017 6 November 2017 8 December 2017
15 January 2018 29 January 2018 14 March 2018
5 March 2018 19 March 2018 13 April 2018

December 2019

Applications start
Decision notification
23 April 2017 7 May 2017 8 June 2017
11 June 2018 25 June 2018 8 August 2018
30 July 2018 13 August 2018 21 September 2018


July 2020 Class
Applications start
Decision notification
22 October 2018 5 November 2018 7 December 2018
17 December 2018 4 January 2019 21 February 2019
11 February 2019 25 February 2019 22 March 2019

December 2020 Class

Applications start
Decision notification
25 March 2019 8 April 2019 3 May 2019
20 May 2019 3 June 2019 12 July 2019
8 July 2019 22 July 2019 16 August 2019


Applications must be complete and submitted by 23:59 CET on the day of deadline. We regret we cannot accept any scholarship applications after the deadlines.  All scholarship applications will be reviewed right after the deadline.

Merit-Based Scholarships

For some merit-based scholarships we will consider all candidates from Rounds 1 and 2 and we will need to liaise with the donors, thus the very final decision on them will be communicated by end February for July Class and by end July for the December Class.

Below is the list of scholarships concerned:

  • INSEAD Groupe Galeries Lafayette Endowed Scholarship for Women
  • INSEAD Judith Connelly Delouvrier Endowed Scholarship
  • INSEAD Syngenta Endowed Scholarship(s) for Emerging Country Leadership
  • INSEAD L'Oreal scholarship
  • INSEAD Hinrich Foundation scholarship (July Class only)
  • INSEAD Belgian Alumni and Council Scholarship
  • INSEAD Leopoldo del Pino Scholarship
  • INSEAD Louis Franck scholarship for the UK candidates is managed by the external Foundation. We will share the applications from the first 3 Admissions rounds with the Foundation. Thereafter, they will contact the candidates to conduct the interviews in central London. Decisions for this scholarship will follow a different time frame.
  • INSEAD Middle East Scholarship Group - The INSEAD Middle East Scholarship Group channels applications for the candidates who would like to be considered for the INSEAD Alexis & Anne-Marie Habib Foundation, RSG Foundation, Jacques Nasser Endowed or El Wakil-Lahham Scholarships. Successful candidates may only receive one of these awards.
  • The INSEAD Africa Scholarship Group - The INSEAD Africa Scholarship Group channels applications for INSEAD MBA '75 Nelson Mandela Endowed Scholarship, Pot Family Foundation Scholarship, Greendale Foundation Scholarship, Africa Leadership Fund Scholarships. Successful candidates may only receive one of these awards.
  • The INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Scholarship Group - The INSEAD Social Enterprise Scholarship Group channels applications for the INSEAD Padma and Rashmi Shah Social Enterprise Scholarship and Andy Burgess Endowed Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurship. Successful candidates may only receive one of these awards. (December class only)


Round 3 Specific Information
30% of scholarship funds will be reserved for Round 3 candidates. The following scholarships will be available:

  • Diversity scholarships: many of the scholarships in this category will be kept aside for Round 3 applicants.
  • Louis Franck Scholarship: candidates from the UK
  • INSEAD Belgian Alumni and Council Scholarship


Financial Aid Rules and Instructions

  • Scholarship applications should be submitted at the interview stage of the admission process.
  • We encourage you to limit your applications to a maximum of 5 scholarships.
  • Scholarship awards are deducted from the last instalment of your tuition fees.

Candidates in the first three rounds will apply for financial aid at interview stage.  Round 4 candidates will not have access to scholarship applications. However, funds will be reserved to offer a number of merit scholarship awards upon admission. Awards will be based on the quality of the MBA application. They do not require an application and everybody will be considered. If you do not receive an e-mail within one week from admission, this would unfortunately mean that you have not been selected.


Waitlisted candidates are encouraged to apply for scholarships within the deadlines indicated above. Your scholarship applications will be reviewed while you are still on the waitlist. Financial aid decisions for the wait-listed candidates will be communicated upon admission.

If you are awarded an INSEAD scholarship and also receive a full tuition external or national award, we will automatically withdraw your INSEAD award which will be reallocated to another deserving candidate in yours or a future intake. Partial tuition awards from external sources will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


Submitting Your Applications

To access the scholarship application form on-line, you will first need to register (important : your name should be indicated exactly as on your admission application).

Upon registering, you will receive your personal login ID and password to navigate through the scholarship website.   You will first need to answer all the profile questions (personal contact details, educational and professional information).  This will serve as a background for all applications.  Thereafter, you will have the option to apply for different scholarships. 

Throughout the period that the on-line application is available, you can modify or withdraw your scholarship applications as you please. You can track the status of your on-line application with the help of your scholarship login ID and password. Please note that the scholarship portal is not part of the platform for the admitted candidates and therefore you will need to register for it separately.


Eligibility Criteria

All scholarships have specific eligibility criteria based on a combination of merit and financial need. Candidates will be judged on the quality of their scholarship essays and the degree to which they meet the eligibility criteria. As a part of the merit criteria, the Committee will consider the academic and professional achievements and merit distinctions received. Please note that neither admissions essays nor GMAT results will be considered as part of the scholarship review process.

Company sponsorships are considered as external financial aid. We discourage candidates who are sponsored from applying for INSEAD scholarships. Our scholarship offering is designed primarily for those with fewer resources.


Diversity Scholarships

The INSEAD Diversity Scholarships category channels applications for a number of scholarships that will be granted based on need and merit. Need-based awards will be offered to those who demonstrate and prove significant difficulty in raising sufficient finances for the INSEAD MBA Programme and may be limited in accessing loans. Priority will be given to candidates with a marked socio-economic disadvantage.

Merit-based awards will address talented individuals who will contribute to the breadth of diversity on the MBA Programme. The background, work experience and personal profiles of such bright and dynamic individuals will bring unique diversity to INSEAD. These candidates will also display their current and/or potential contribution to the region they come from. Please note that a number of supporting documents will be required for the Diversity scholarship.

List of documents required:

  1. Proof of salary (latest salary slip or a letter from your employer);
  2. Bank statements for the last three months that will reflect your checking and savings accounts.
If you have extenuating/exceptional circumstances in the past year (supporting dependents' education, medical care, bankruptcy, etc.), provide relevant documentation.
Documents need to be submitted on-line.

You will find further information regarding supporting documents listed under the Diversity scholarship description.


Scholarships That Do Not Require an Application

The INSEAD Louis and Evelyn Franck Endowed Award for Excellence scholarship and Weston Scholarship for the UK candidates do not require an application and all admitted candidates in each round will be considered based on the merit of the admission application.  Successful candidates will receive the notification on this award approximately one week after admission. If you do not receive an e-mail within that time frame please consider that you have not been selected.