PRESS RELEASE: The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship Application Process has opened on 29 March 2017

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership (MBDL) Foundation are pleased to announce that our annual application process has opened for The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship 2017. Running in over 60 cities in Britain, the Scholarships on offer helps the next generation of BAME future leaders build and lead successful, growing and dynamic careers.

Scholarship Sectors: The MBDL Foundation will award four (4) scholarships to extraordinary BAME students. The sectors are:

o    Law

o    Finance

o    Multi-Sector (covering all industries such as STEM, Politics, Media etc.)

o    The Prince’s Trust (different application form and criteria is used)

Scholarship Program Eligibility and Benefits: 

To be eligible to apply applicants must:

o    Be between the ages of 14-21 years

o    Be from a Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority Background (BAME)

o    Be in attendance at a school, college or university in the UK on a full-time basis

o    Good academic performance

o    Have an interest in diversity

o    Be available to accept the Scholarship on 21st October 2017 in London.

Scholarship Package:

o    An amount up to £1,000

o    Tailored work experience

o    Mentoring with CV Advice

o    VIP access to The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture.

All those who match the criteria are encouraged to apply and forward the opportunity to eligible friends, family and colleagues.

Application Form: There is a new application form to allow for more information which can be located via Scholarship Application Form.

Please email with any questions. It is important to include the “Applicant Name” and “Scholarship Application” in the email subject line for both questions and when submitting your application form.

Selection and Notification of Applicant Status: Consistent with last year, application materials will be reviewed by our judging panel who volunteer to serve on a dedicated Selection Committee. The winning applicants will be notified during The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture.

Judging Panel 2017:  The esteemed judging panel for 2017 are some of the most influential people in Britain who are passionate about diversity and leaders at the top of their profession (in alphabetical order):

o    Afua Hirsch (Barrister, Journalist and SKY TV Presenter)

o    Amanda Illing (Chief Executive, Hardwicke)

o    Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, FRAM, FTCL (Founder, Artistic & Executive Director Chineke)

o    Darren Allaway (Managing Director at UBS Wealth Management)

o    Heather Melville (Director at Royal Bank of Scotland plc)

o    Cllr Jacqui Dwyer MBE (Local Councillor in Lambeth)

o    James De Sausmarez (Director and Head of Investment Trusts at Henderson Global Investors and Common Councilman for Candlewick Ward, City of London)

o    Jo Sidhu QC (Barrister at  25 Bedford Row)

o    Katherine Galliano (Director, People and Culture at Vision Fund International)

o    Dr Mohammed Hashi (Founder of  Brixton Soup Kitchen, chair at Pan-London Stop and Search Community Monitoring Network)

o    Mohan Yogendran (Director at Rockpools)

o    Nicholas Cheffings (Global Chair at Hogan Lovells)

o    Pauline Miller (Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Lloyd’s of London)

o    Paul Sesay (Founder of National Diversity Awards)

o    Patrick Vernon OBE (Founder of Every Generation Media and Chair of The Labour Party’s Race Equality Advisory Group)

o    Sarah Blomfield (Managing Director at Rothschilds)

o    Simon Dowson-Collins (General Counsel at Harper Collins)

o    Suki Sandhu (CEO of Audeliss & Founder of OUTstanding)

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture: The Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture aims to raise the awareness of diversity and equality with the next generation of BAME future leaders. It will also celebrate some of the excellent and inspiring achievements of our next generation of BAME leaders from across the UK. Britain’s best BAME future talent will come together for an inspiring event while learning more about the creation of a more diverse and inclusive workplace to enable future success.

This lecture made UK history in 2016 followed by winning an award from the UK Prime Minister and personal praise by HRH The Prince of Wales for diversity work across the UK.  The scholarships are awarded during the The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture.

The 2017 agenda will include:

o    Keynote address by Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE (Founder of The Chineke! and the Black British Business Person of 2016 at the BBBAwards).

o    The Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture will be delivered by Miranda Brawn.

o    Panel discussion with some of the best leaders in the country.

o    Scholarship winners for 2016 will each deliver a talk about how the scholarship has benefited them.

o    Closing Address by our Patron Dame Fiona Woolf DBE.

Venue: This will be held on the 21 October 2017 at The University of Law, London.

Miranda Brawn, Founder of the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation said, ‘This initiative has recognised and encouraged our next generation of BAME diversity leaders while providing them with the right support in their quest for future success.’

Sponsors and supporters: The MBDL scholarship program is  sponsored by Hogan Lovells and others. The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture is hosted and sponsored by The University of Law. This initiative has attracted a growing list of top employers who support this such as 25 Bedford Row, We Are The City, The Link App, JHPR, Chineke, Royal Bank of Scotland plc, Lambeth Council, Henderson Global Investors, Vision Fund International, Rockpools, Lloyd’s of London, Audeliss, OUTstanding, Rothchilds, National Diversity Awards and Hardwicke.

The 2017 Scholarship Applications Accepted 29 March – 29 June

Key Dates

29 March 2017 – Scholarship application process will open.

29 June 2017 – Scholarship application process will close at 11.59PM GMT.

7 August 2017 – Judging finalised.

21 October 2017 – Scholarship Winners awarded at The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture.

To apply for The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship please visit for the page to retrieve further details. 


The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership (MBDL) Foundation, an award winning non-profit organisation founded by UK diversity leader Miranda Brawn, aims to provide the next generation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnics (BAME) future leaders with incentives and opportunities while increasing all forms of diversity and equality especially race.  The MBDL Foundation offers scholarships, diversity leadership lectures, mentoring programmes and access to top diverse talent. Our Patrons are Dame Fiona Woolf DBE and Dame Jocelyn Barrow DBE. For more information visit