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Diversity Scholarships
Supporting your further career development

Diversity Scholarships

Gaining a top leadership position or enhancing your knowledge in certain professional fields requires an investment of time and money in your education.

Our purpose at WHU Executive Education is to offer high-quality programs for our participants and also encourage diversity in the workplace worldwide. We support ambitious people to become the leaders of tomorrow while setting a particular emphasis on the advancement of women in leadership positions.

We currently offer two types of partial scholarships for select programs, each with a 25% or 50% discount off the regular program fee.

For our shorter programs (2-4 days), a maximum of two partial scholarships are offered per program run, each at a 25% discount off the regular program fee. For our Certified in Programs, a maximum of two partial scholarships are offered per per year, each at a 25% discount off the regular program fee.

For more comprehensive programs such as the Management Essentials Program, General Management Plus Program, The Essence of Coaching for Senior Leaders Program, and Advanced Management for Senior Professionals Program, a maximum of one partial scholarship will be offered per program run, each at a 50% discount off the regular program fee.

Scholarships are only awarded for the programs listed below. An application for a renewed scholarship may be submitted no earlier than 36 months after program participation. The application deadline for a scholarship is three months before the start of each program.

Which is the right scholarship for you?
Diversity Scholarships for Women

Female diversity in leadership positions is still rare: for example, in global business, less than 6 % of CEOs in the S&P 500* are female. These numbers vary by industry, but still, there is a high potential of improving this imbalance. As an ambitious woman, please feel welcome to apply for a Female Scholarship for one of the following programs:

Advanced Management for Senior Professionals Program ​ (one 50% scholarship)

Brand Management Essentials​ (two 25% scholarships)

Certified In Programme (two 25% scholarships)

Digital Controlling Program (two 25% scholarships)

Digitalizing the Finance Function: The CFO Perspective ​ (two 25% scholarships)

Financial Literacy Program ​ (two 25% scholarships)

General Management Plus Program (one 50% scholarship)

Innovation & Corporate Entrepreneurship Essentials Program (two 25% scholarships)

Leadership Essentials Program​ (two 25% scholarships)

Management Essentials Program (one 50% scholarship)

Strategic Decision Making Program (two 25% scholarships)

Strategy Essentials Program (two 25% scholarships)

The Essence of Coaching for Senior Leaders​ (one 50% scholarship)

Diversity Scholarships for Emerging Market Leaders

We at WHU follow a cosmopolitan mindset cultivated by promoting internationality. Be it our long-term cooperations with partner universities all over the world, or the international immersion engraved in every program’s curriculum, cosmopoliteness is core. As an emerging market leader, please feel welcome to apply for a Diversity Scholarship for one of the following programs:

Advanced Management for Senior Professionals Program ​ (one 50% scholarship)

Brand Management Essentials​ (two 25% scholarships)

Certified In Programme (two 25% scholarships)

Digital Controlling Program (two 25% scholarships)

Digitalizing the Finance Function: The CFO Perspective ​ (two 25% scholarships)

Financial Literacy Program ​ (two 25% scholarships)

General Management Plus Program (one 50% scholarship)

Innovation & Corporate Entrepreneurship Essentials Program (two 25% scholarships)

Leadership Essentials Program​ (two 25% scholarships)

Management Essentials Program (one 50% scholarship)

Strategic Decision Making Program (two 25% scholarships)

Strategy Essentials Program (two 25% scholarships)

The Essence of Coaching for Senior Leaders​ (one 50% scholarship)

Scholarships for small businesses and start-ups

We offer a limited amount of partial scholarships for employees of small businesses and start-ups. If you would like to enhance your professional skills in one of our new online program formats, feel free to apply for a scholarship.

How to apply?

We are looking forward to welcoming ambitious and visionary people of diversity into our Executive Education Programs! To apply, simply follow three easy steps:

  1. Choose one of the Executive Education Open Programs.
  2. Send us an e-mail with your CV and letter of motivation in English to openprograms@whu.edu. There are no formal requirements regarding the level of work experience, and we assess each application individually. Applications for the 50% scholarships must also include a letter of recommendation from your supervisor.
  3. After the assessment through our Admissions Committee, we will inform you if you are eligible for a scholarship.
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For more women in leading positions

In cooperation with the 30% Club, we are delighted to offer two ambitious women a 50% scholarship for WHU’s Management Essentials Program and the Advanced Management for Senior Professionals Program.

The 30% Club is convinced that gender balance on boards and in senior management not only encourages better leadership and governance, but diversity further contributes to better all-round board performance and ultimately increases corporate performance for both companies and their shareholders.

The cooperation between WHU and the 30% Club supports determined female managers and leaders to reach a better gender balance within organizations at all levels.

Furthermore, this scholarship enables students to join 30% Club Horizon events which will be specially filmed and can be viewed online through their digital platform.

To apply for this scholarship, please send an e-mail with your CV and letter of motivation to openprograms@whu.edu. We look forward to welcoming an increasing number of ambitious and visionary women to our Executive Education Programs.

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Diversity up to the top management level

With a majority of top management within companies being largely male, we would particularly like to draw your attention to the WHU Advanced Management for Senior Professionals Program (AMSP). If you are an experienced female executive looking to advance your career, this program is designed to challenge you as a senior leader as you make the transition to an executive or even board-level position. During this 9-day transformative learning experience, you will enhance your strategic impact and negotiation skills and discuss digital transformation challenges and opportunities on a global level.

*Source: http://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/women-sp-500-companies / Catalyst, Pyramid: Women in S&P 500 Companies (February 2, 2018). The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500) measures the stock value of the 500 largest companies by market capitalization of at least $6.1 billion on the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq Composite.

More Questions? Contact usYvonne KrackSenior Marketing & Admissions Manager Executive Education

Excellence in Management Education

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

Erkrather Str. 224a
40233 Düsseldorf

execed@whu.edu

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