supporting more women into the boardroom

Women on Boards Bursary Programme

The only barrier to the boardroom should be talent. Our Bursary offers our signature support to women with high board potential.

Women on Boards exists to help women overcome the hurdles to contribute their skills and perspective as non-executive directors.

Our Bursary Programme offers women, who would not otherwise be able to afford it, places on our signature Boardroom Journey worth over £2000 to help them begin or progress their board careers.

Applications for this year’s Bursary Programme have now closed.

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Our Bursary Programme

What's involved?

The final participants receive a package of support to help them start or shape their board careers. Specifically, this includes:


Who can apply?

To be eligible for our Bursary, we ask that all applicants:

  • are keen to start or progress their board career
  • had an income of less than £30k last year
  • identify as a woman, non-binary or trans
  • are based or spend significant time in the UK

Thank you to the speakers from our ‘Becoming an Effective Chair Programme’ for waiving their speaker fees (October & December ’23, March & June ’24 cohorts) to contribute to our Bursary Programme in 2024:

Sally Bridgeland, Dee Lehane, Rachel Beagles, Vanda Murray, Gaenor Bagley, Bernard Donoghue, Clifton Melvin and Margaret Rice-Jones.


More about our previous Bursary programmes:

We began our Bursary Programme in 2019, to open our impactful support offer to women with high board potential who could not other wise afford it. We have been overwhelmed with the number and quality of applications each year, and selecting a small group of participants has always been tough. Our Bursary Programme winners have been from a variety of different career stages and backgrounds – and have gone on to a variety of roles.

Applications for this year’s Bursary Programme are now closed.