30% Club Ireland reveals scholarships for women

The 30% Club, a global campaign supported by board chairs and CEOs of medium and large organisations, is committed to achieving better gender balance at leadership levels.

30% Club Ireland has launched its 2021 Executive Education Scholarship Programme in partnership with a number of Ireland’s top colleges and universities.

The programme offers 28 scholarship opportunities to professional women across business, STEM, healthcare and public policy.

“The next generation of scholarship recipients is about to make an empowering decision to expand their education”

Now in its seventh year, the Executive Education Scholarship Programme has provided over 80 professional women in Ireland with scholarships to pursue executive education in their chosen field. The aim of the programme is to raise participation rates for women in, and general awareness of, executive education and to provide financial support for women interested in executive education, who may be limited by funding concerns.

Empowering future women leaders

Established in 2015, the Irish chapter of the 30% Club is supported by the leaders of more than 270 leading Irish businesses and organisations across all business sectors, representing more than 600,000 employees. Enabling future women leaders through cross-company mentoring and executive education programmes is an important aspect of the Club’s ethos.

“The 30% Club Ireland is proud to be launching our Executive Education Scholarship Programme for its seventh consecutive year,” said Gillian Harford, country executive, 30% Club Ireland.

“Because of the support and generosity of higher-level institutions across Ireland, and our communications partners at PwC, the programme has provided over 80 professional women with scholarships to pursue executive education in their chosen field. We are proud of the accomplishment of all our alumni, and the vast impact they are making across the fields of Business, STEM and Healthcare. These women are influencing the drive to achieve better gender balance on boards, and within executive leadership.

“The next generation of scholarship recipients is about to make an empowering decision to expand their education. We look forward to welcoming them into the 30% Club network and we can’t wait to see what they achieve,” Harford said.

Executive education scholarships

Executive education scholarships available as part of this year’s programme are as follows*:

Institution Course
Dublin City University Masters in Computing / Engineering
Business School Executive MBA / Post Graduate Part-time Programmes
Irish Management Institute Diploma in Leadership / Diploma in Strategy and Innovation
Certified Investment Fund Director Institute & Institute of Banking (IOB) Certified Investment Fund Director Programme
Institute of Banking (IOB) Level 9 NFQ Programmes
National College of Ireland Masters in School of Computing
NUI Galway – JE Cairnes School of Business & Economics MBA Programme
NUI Galway – Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development Postgraduate Diploma in Technology Commercialisation
Maynooth University The Maynooth Masters
Royal College of Surgeons Ireland MSc in Leadership
Professional Diploma in Clinical Leadership
UCC – Cork University Business School Executive MBA
MSc Project Management
MSc Human Resource Management
UCD – Smurfit Executive Development Diploma in Corporate Governance
UCD – Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Executive MBA / Executive Modular MBA
University College Dublin Master of Public Policy
University of Limerick UL Executive MBA
Trinity Business School The Trinity MBA


Full details of the 30% Club’s 2021 Executive Education Scholarship Programme are available here.

*Many of the institutions listed above have generously provided more than one scholarship for the programmes listed.

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 24 March 2021