In a bid to become more diverse, the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flager business school has created a fellowship programme for women applying to its executive MBA programme. “Our goal is to recruit more talented women,” says Sarah Perez, executive director for EMBA programmes. “As with other schools, the numbers are still very low.”

Working in collaboration with the Forté Fellowship, an organisation of top business schools and corporations whose mission is to increase the number of women in business, the fellowship will be awarded to women who are able to demonstrate exemplary leadership and achievement. They will then be provided with tuition and other support, including leadership development and networking opportunities.

UNC Kenan-Flagler is currently in the process of determining the winner of the first round of applications, for the weekend MBA class starting in January 2012. All female students were automatically considered for the fellowship, with no separate application required. The next round of applications will take place in May 2012, for the evening MBA class starting in August 2012.

The school has been offering fellowships to women on its MBA programme for years but this is the first time they are targeting the EMBA market.

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