Annual WSG Scholarships for Master of Wine Candidates

Annual WSG Scholarships for Master of Wine Candidates. Applications are now closed. 

Each year, the Wine Scholar Guild awards a full scholarship for each of the following programs to three students of the Institute of Masters of Wine: French Wine Scholar, Italian Wine Scholar, and Spanish Wine Scholar study & certification programs.

These scholarships are designed to allow students preparing for the Master of Wine exam to further strengthen their French, Italian, or Spanish wine knowledge.

The scholarships have been awarded on March 16, 2023:

French Wine Scholar: Alice Archer

Spanish Wine Scholar: Valeria Tenison

Italian Wine Scholar: Claudia Chamberlain

Congratulations to the scholarship awardees! Applications for 2023 scholarships will open in mid December 2023.

Who can participate?

This scholarship opportunity is open to all students officially enrolled in the Master of Wine program and at any stage of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for this scholarship will be verified by the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW).

Application Process:

Using the form below, applicants are required to submit their CV/résumé or bio accompanied by a 750 to 1000-word essay on the following topic:

Which Spanish, French, OR Italian appellation has the greatest potential to appeal to a new generation of wine consumer? Why?

Scholarship Package:

Scholarship recipients are offered enrollment in the next the French, Italian, or Spanish Wine Scholar® study & certification programs in either "independent study format" or "instructor-led" format. These programs include:

  • The corresponding Wine Scholar study manual
  • A suggested schedule of study with learning objectives for each region
  • Interactive e-learning modules on all wine regions of the covered country
  • Online quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
  • Online flashcards
  • Instructor Q&A forum for assistance as well as Student Community forum
  • Downloadable maps of all wine regions
  • Access to repeat-after-me pronunciation exercises

Learn more about WSG's Wine Scholar® programs

"I am impressed by the thoroughness of research that has gone into the Italian Wine Scholar study manual, and by the clear way it is laid out. I am sure that this course will prove very useful for the growing numbers of wine students wishing to improve their knowledge of wines in general and Italian wines in particular."
Nicolas Belfrage MW, Author of the acclaimed books on Italian wines “Barolo to Valpolicella” and “Brunello to Zibibbo”

Rules and Selection Process:

Applicants are welcome to submit up to one application for each program. Previous winners of WSG Scholarships may also apply again for a different program than they were awarded in the past.

Scholarship applications are sent to a committee of Wine Scholar Gild instructors for review.

Winner Announcements & Essay Publication:

Winners will be notified via email and in advance of public announcement scheduled for around March 15, 2023. Essays of the scholarship winners may be published on the WSG blog with author bio.


All applications must be complete and submitted by February 28, 2023 11:59 PM EST. Incomplete applications, or applications received after this deadline, will not be accepted. 

Application Form:

Now closed.

"SWS is the only real complete study program on the wines of Spain. It not only covers all winemaking regions of Spain, but it also gives an in-depth understanding of the history and culture of this extremely exciting wine country.”
Jonas Tofterup, MW, Owner of Iberian Wine Academy in Malaga, Spain

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