Women on Boards UK launches its 2023 Bursary Programme

The organisation is urging women to future-proof their careers by applying for its annual bursary

The Women on Boards UK Bursary Programme 2023 is now open for emerging women non-executive directors – across all sectors.

In its fifth year, the programme will award six women complimentary places on its signature Boardroom Journey programme, worth over £1,500.

The programme has been launched to mark International Women’s Day (IWD) 2023 on 8 March 2023 and closes on 31 March 2023.


This year’s IWD theme is ‘Embracing Equity’, calling for society to aim higher than equality and go for equity to unlock better opportunities for women. The Women on Boards Bursary Programme will cater to individual needs, recognising that women have different needs to reach their full potential in the workplace.

The programme is open to all female, non-binary and transgender people aspiring to achieve their leadership potential. It doesn’t matter how old you are or your experience – if you’re ambitious, motivated to succeed, and passionate about pursuing a non-executive director role, you may be the perfect applicant.

Boardroom journey

Winners will be given a place on the Boardroom Journey worth over £1,500 and one year’s membership to Women on Boards UK, including access to its Vacancy Board, as well as:

  • 1 x Get on board: Realising your board potential workshop
  • 1 x Building a Board CV online course and a library of further online learning resources
  • 2 x chargeable on-demand webinars
  • 1-on-1 personal Board CV Review
  • 1 -on-1 pre-interview support
  • 1 x one-off 1-hour ‘board campaign’ consultation.
  • 1 x Charity Board Papers online course
  • Be part of a peer support group with other Women on Boards members
  • A range of regular networking and Member events throughout the year.

Previous Women on Boards UK Bursary Programme winners have been from various professional and personal backgrounds. They have gone on to secure non-executive director roles. You can read their stories here.

Fiona Hathorn, CEO and co-founder of Women on Boards UK, says: “Our amazing Bursary alumnae have gone on to achieve non-executive roles across a range of sectors proving that this scheme opens up an immense opportunity to those who would not otherwise be able to afford this level of support.

“It is one of the most fulfilling initiatives we run. Every year we get to work with incredibly talented women on their way to making a difference in organisations and their careers.”

For further information, to apply or to contact the team visit the Women on Boards UK Bursary Programme 2023 webpage.

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