Executive Education GCC Scholarships 2023

Two aspiring leaders working in Gulf Cooperation Council countries — one supporting women in leadership and the other representing leadership in sustainability — will receive a scholarship for one of the Michigan Ross Executive Education Open Enrollment Programs, a global portfolio of targeted courses that challenge you to realize your true capacity to innovate, collaborate, create, and lead.

Application Due

All applications should be sent to rossexeced@umich.edu by 11:59 p.m.

Feb 2023
Award Ceremony Announcement

GCC Scholarships

AHREP students

GCC Women’s Empowerment Scholarship

Female leaders are playing an increasingly important role in the Middle East. In support of their efforts and contributions, the GCC Women’s Empowerment Scholarship is for aspiring executives committed to gender diversity and women’s empowerment who are looking to enhance their leadership skills.

EE students in class

GCC Leadership in Sustainability Scholarship

A new category launched this year, the Leadership in Sustainability Scholarship is designed to raise awareness of the impact of sustainability on the entire economic ecosystem at the individual, organizational, enterprise, and national levels. It will recognize scholars who successfully and effectively drive sustainability as a corporate strategy beyond what is currently perceived as corporate social responsibility activities.

“In 2020, I had the honor to be selected amongst two women to receive their inaugural scholarship for Women in Leadership in the GCC. By offering women opportunities for learning, development, and exposure, we can bridge the gap and accelerate the pace of change.”
Heba Sayed, Strategy Leader, IBM Hybrid Cloud and AI, Middle East and Africa

Frequently Asked Questions

How many winners will be chosen?

Michigan Ross will select two winners in total — one for each category.

What do I need to include in my application?

All applicants need to submit the application packet, which includes three short answer questions, a CV, and a letter of recommendation from your supervisor, director, or other organizational leader (CIO, chairman, etc.)

What is included in the scholarship?

The scholarship includes tuition to one of the Michigan Ross Executive Education Open Enrollment programs, instructional materials, living accommodations, continental breakfast, lunch, and select dinners. It does not cover the cost of flights if travel is needed, or any additional activities.

What will I gain from the program?

Open Enrollment Programs at Michigan Ross give you access to a new way of thinking and an opportunity to raise your professional value. You’ll experience our world-renowned faculty who are committed to ensuring your long-term success, and who guide you to create and execute winning strategies.

How do I submit my application?

Applications must be submitted via email to rossexeced@umich.edu in Word or PDF format.

We will not accept applications after Jan. 31, 2023.

Melanie Weaver Barnett
“The UAE is at the forefront of women's empowerment in the gulf region, fulfilling the dream of the nation’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. We recognize the powerful role female leaders play and the talent and perspective that they bring to the table. This scholarship allows us to play a positive role in inspiring positive change and evolution for female leaders across the Middle East.”
Melanie Weaver Barnett, Chief Executive Education Officer
Terry Nelidov
“For many years, our work was focused on making the ‘business case’ for sustainability — why social and environmental impact matters to a for-profit company. We’re beyond that now! Most global business leaders have some understanding that sustainability is integral to their companies’ competitiveness, indeed to their long-term viability as ongoing enterprises. Now the conversation has turned from the why to the how and we are delighted that Ross continues to be a catalyst of the movement through its extensive research in the field done through the Erb Institute and the university as whole.”
Terry Nelidov, Managing Director at Ross’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise