The Laidlaw Scholarships

Laidlaw scholarships


The Laidlaw Foundation intends to build a pipeline of future women leaders through access to best-in-class education, resources, and global networks.

New for the 2021 MBA class, 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.

The Laidlaw Foundation’s gift will enable Oxford Saïd to support up to eight outstanding women per year and build upon its current position as Europe’s most gender balanced MBA, with currently a 47% female class. Exceptional individuals who demonstrate that they share the Foundation’s commitments will benefit from a scholarship which covers their MBA course fees in full.

Scholarship details


Scholarship amounts range from £31,000 to the full MBA course fees. 

Number available

Up to eight scholarships.

Eligibility criteria

Scholarships will be awarded to female candidates who can demonstrate the following:

  • 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

Candidates must complete the Laidlaw Scholarships application form found in the Laidlaw section of the MBA application. This section will be visible to female candidates only. The scholarship application includes a financial needs assessment and an essay question. Both parts must be completed in order to be considered.

Please note: Candidates who submitted their MBA application during Stage 1 will be contacted separately during October by the Student Funding Team with details on how to apply.


Candidates must submit a complete MBA application including the Laidlaw section by the MBA Stage 3 deadline (8 January 2021)

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 in order 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.

Women's Business Education Scholarship Programme

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The Laidlaw Scholars Network

Recipients of the scholarship will join a growing network of cross-generational peers from other leading academic institutions around the globe. The Laidlaw Scholars Network facilitates connections for leaders across industries who will reinvest their skills, knowledge, and experience to help students, peers, and colleagues. Recipients will also enjoy an annual dinner with Laidlaw Foundation representatives, Oxford Saïd faculty and scholars from previous years, helping build a sense of community.

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.