The Women on Boards Bursary Programme - supporting more women into the boardroom


Women on Boards exists to help women overcome the hurdles to contribute their skills and perspective as non-executive directors. The only barrier to the boardroom should be talent.

Our Bursary Programme offers six women, who would not otherwise be able to afford it, places on our signature Boardroom Journey worth over £1500, to help them begin or progress their board careers.

The 2023 Bursary Programme will open for applications from Wednesday 8th March until midnight on Friday 31st March. 

Find out why you should go for it from four of our previous and current awardees in these two Bursary Programme special podcast episodes.



Our 2023 Bursary Programme is generously supported by executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles. They are the premier provider of executive search, corporate culture and leadership consulting services.

Our signature Boardroom Journey includes:

  • One year's Full Membership of Women on Boards UK;
  • Our signature Get on Board workshop;
  • 1-on-1 personal Board CV review;
  • Member-only ‘Check-Ins’ (two per month);
  • A place on our May Peer Support Group cohort;
  • Our Board CV online course;
  • Our Vacancy Board, containing 100s of board vacancies;
  • Access to our growing webinar library, including two chargeable online webinars;
  • A 1-on-1 “board campaign” consultation;
  • Charity Board Papers online;
  • Pre-interview support for every board interview secured.



Thank you to our generous sponsors

The Women on Boards Bursary Programme 2023 is generously supported by Heidrick & Struggles, the premier provider of executive search, corporate culture and leadership consulting services.

They work for more than 70% of Fortune 1000 companies in virtually every sector and industry around the world. For all of the services they offer, they employ data-driven methodologies honed through decades of relationships and engagements with the world's largest organizations.  Their expertise enables their clients to find the world's best leaders, create diverse and inclusive cultures, and transform their teams to achieve the highest levels of profitability and performance.

We also thank John Dembitz, Richard Hooper, Stephanie Liston, Margaret Rice-Jones, Elisabeth Stheeman, and Jenny Watson for waiving their speaker-fee for our ‘Becoming an Effective Chair’ programme (Sep & Nov 22, Jan & June 23 cohorts) to contribute to our Bursary Programme in 2023.

More about Women on Boards Bursary programme previous participants

Our Bursary Programme winners have been from a variety of different career stages and backgrounds.

>> Find out more about the 2022 Bursary programme

>> Find out more about the 2021 Bursary programme

>> Find out more about the 2020 Bursary programme

>> Find out more about the 2019 Bursary programme

To hear more about the Bursary programme and access tips, information and inspiration to support your board career, please join the Women on Boards network for free (via our Basic Membership option).