Global Scholarships

As Sommeliers our principles lie in the hospitality industry as much, if not more than the wine industry and those principles include modesty, integrity and humility as standard and as exemplified by our late president Gerard Basset MS, MW, OBE.

We work to increase the standard of beverage service and knowledge globally and currently run courses in India, China, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Austria, Poland, Scandinavia, the UK and Ireland and admit students with no stereotyping, bias or prejudice.

But, we can, and should do more to increase the diversity amongst the Sommelier community. For those who feel overlooked or passed by, and for those who feel excluded either by gender, race, colour or low income, we want to help.

Therefore we would like to offer 12 global scholarships per year for BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of colour) or low-income candidates who wish to enter the Sommelier profession.

We are not a political organisation and follow a hospitality mandate of not discussing politics or religion, but this is beyond that – and we recognise it is a global social issue, and we fully support the days of change ahead of us all.


The twelve CMS Europe scholarships are open to anyone who wishes to apply at ‘Introductory and Certified’ or ‘Advanced’ level.

Four are available for Europe, and two each in China, India, South Africa or Australasia.

In addition to course and examination fees, successful scholarship candidates will be assigned an MS mentor to assist with their studies and offer any advice regarding career progression.

To apply for a CMS Europe scholarship, please send a short email, with your name, address and explaining why you would like to be considered for a scholarship and how the CMS courses could be beneficial to your future career aspirations to [email protected]