The Laidlaw Scholarships



Building a pipeline of future women leaders through access to best-in-class education, resources and global networks.

The Laidlaw Scholarships are intended to encourage extraordinary women with clear leadership potential to enrol onto the Oxford MBA programme when they would not have previously considered the qualification due to financial constraints.

Recipients are extraordinary individuals who have a passion for gender equality and have demonstrated their commitment to leading change in their sector.

Scholars have the opportunity to benefit from a range of on-course activities and priority access to events both at the School and at Reuben College. They also benefit from joining a unique community and network. Read more about the scholar community.

Through additional support from the Laidlaw Foundation and in partnership with Oxford Saïd alumni through the Rewley Fund, we can offer up to 10 scholarships for the 2024-25 class. 

The Laidlaw Scholarships for the Oxford MBA

Scholarship details


Full MBA course fees. 

Number available

Up to 10 scholarships. 

Eligibility criteria

Open to female candidates.

Available at Reuben College only. All eligible applicants will be considered for the scholarship, regardless of which college (if any) you state on your offer acceptance form. If successful, you will be transferred to Reuben College to take up the scholarship.

Selection criteria

Scholarships will be awarded to those who can demonstrate:

  • Academic excellence evidenced through degree results, GMAT or GRE score, previous university prizes and awards, and other academic achievements.
  • Demonstrable financial need by candidates who might not otherwise be able to afford, or consider, an Oxford MBA.  
  • Leadership potential; commitment to gender equality, leading ethically and paying it forward.

How to apply

Submit a complete MBA application and complete the scholarship application form in the 'Laidlaw' section of the MBA application. This section will be visible to female candidates only.

The scholarship application includes a financial need assessment and an essay section. Both parts must be completed.


5 January 2024

Early application recommended. 

Selection process

Applications for the scholarship will be reviewed after each MBA admissions stage.

You will receive an update on the status of your scholarship application and whether you have been shortlisted shortly after admissions decisions have been made. 

Final shortlisting is planned to take place in late March with candidates expected to be invited to interview in early May. 

Meet our scholars


The future women leaders of tomorrow.

Get to know our on-course scholars and hear what the scholarship means to them. 

Their profiles provide a glimpse into their backgrounds, careers, futures and why they chose the Oxford MBA. 


Scholar community

As part of the scholarship, recipients have the unique opportunity to benefit from a range of on-course activities and priority access to School events. They will also enjoy an annual dinner with Laidlaw Foundation representatives, Oxford Saïd faculty and scholars from previous years, helping build a sense of community. Through fostering a positive and stimulating community, they are encouraged to share ideas, experiences, skills, as well as create new initiatives.

Our aim is to propel more women into leadership roles by giving extraordinary women, who would not otherwise be able to afford an MBA, access to Oxford Saïd's exceptional programme and network.

Susanna V. Kempe

CEO of the Laidlaw Foundation

The Laidlaw Foundation


The Laidlaw Foundation invests in the education of the underprivileged and underrepresented to break the cycle of poverty, reduce inequality, and develop a new generation of leaders. By funding scholarships for exceptional women to gain degrees at leading business schools like The University of Oxford's Saïd Business School, the Foundation aims to help build the pipeline of future women leaders through access to best-in-class education, resources and global networks.

Apply to the MBA or 1+1 MBA

Visit our programme pages to find out more about the programme, the admissions requirements, and how to apply. You can also contact the MBA recruitment team for a discussion about your suitability for the programme. 


  • Please contact us if you have any questions about the scholarship or your eligibility.