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 School events as well as benefiting from joining a unique community and network. Read more about the Laidlaw Scholar Community.

The Laidlaw Scholarships for the Oxford MBA

Scholarship details


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

Number available

Up to eight awards. 

Eligibility criteria

Open to female candidates. 

Selection criteria

Scholarships will be awarded to 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 submit a complete MBA application and complete the Laidlaw Scholarship 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 need assessment and an essay section. Both parts must be completed to be considered.


4 January 2023

Early application is recommended. 

Selection process

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

Candidates will receive an update on the status of their scholarship application and whether they 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 late April/ early May. 

Meet our Laidlaw Scholars


The future women leaders of tomorrow.

Get to know our eight inaugural scholars who join us this year, 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. 


Laidlaw 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.

See what our scholars have recently been up to.

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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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.