Dean’s Fund: Impact Where It Matters Most

INSEAD is one of the top business schools in the world and the demand for an INSEAD education remains strong. A big part of this is due to the truly global nature of our school. We have always stood for openness, diversity and dialogue. Our community is unique and the spirit of internationalism runs through our DNA.

During this challenging period of global uncertainty and heightened tensions, this diversity, dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit is needed more than ever.

Giving to the heart of INSEAD

This past year, many of you entrusted your support to the Dean’s Fund where it had the greatest value and impact. Since gifts to the Dean’s Fund are unrestricted, they give Dean Ilian Mihov the flexibility and agility needed to address urgent needs and opportunities as they arise – including supporting students in need.

Scholarships keep us competitive

At INSEAD, scholarships mean more than financial aid. They enable the world’s most talented students to choose INSEAD, keeping INSEAD competitive, expanding our diversity and enhancing our dynamic learning environment.

INSEAD has always been my dream school and for the last two years, every step that I have taken I have done it with one goal in mind: to pursue an MBA at INSEAD.”

  • Spanish female MBA‘21J, whose INSEAD Women Alumni Scholarship allowed her to achieve her goal

Even before the COVID-19 crisis, the majority of gifts to the Dean’s Fund were deployed to support scholarship funding. Last year, more than X% of the Dean’s Fund went to scholarships.

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However, since the beginning of the pandemic, requests for student scholarships have increased by over 77%.

“COVID-19 created a situation that only became evident after the deadline to apply for a scholarship had passed. Financing is no longer available, and the support of my family isn’t either. The dollar just keeps rising in Chile and this is making things very difficult. Any help I can get would make a difference.”

  • Chilean male MBA’21J

We believe that students from all socioeconomic backgrounds should be given the chance to have the renowned INSEAD experience and we are doing our best to offer financial security to those in need – which makes your gifts to the Dean’s Fund all the more impactful. 

“At this stage in my career, I feel that I can bring so much more to the table and provide a bigger impact with an MBA degree. However, costs have been a primary concern, as I do not come from a well-to-do family. I cannot even begin to express the scale of how this scholarship has and will change my life.”

  • Katherina Fabellon MBA'20D, Philippines

“My scholarship has significantly reduced the amount of loans that I have to take. With less debt, I will have more flexibility in my post-MBA career to focus on jobs with the highest benefits for the planet, even if they may not be the highest paying ones. Thank you again for your generosity and support.”

  • Abishek Balasubramanian MBA'20D, India

Support for scholarships has also enabled us to double our scholarship budget for students from from emerging markets or under-represented regions. For many of these students, a scholarship could mean the difference between accepting a place at INSEAD and having to decline it. This is especially important as we reconfirm our commitment to equality and against racial injustices.

Securing our future

Your gifts will go a long way in helping us to respond flexibly to the rapidly evolving situation, guarantee our impact and secure our long-term future as a force for good. With your help, INSEAD can continue to develop leaders that the world urgently needs — leaders who can address the current challenges and shape solutions for a new era of business and society.

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