Laidlaw Women’s Leadership Fund

Laidlaw Foundation and LBS partnership propels women in business.


The Laidlaw Women’s Leadership Fund supports 20 outstanding female MBA, EMBA and Masters in Management scholars per year for three years. Made possible from a £3.69 million gift from the Laidlaw Foundation, the fund will create a dynamic network of female peers at LBS and beyond.


“Unfortunately, many women reach a glass ceiling, particularly in the corporate world. I am deeply committed to helping more of them break that glass ceiling through expanding access to top business education,”

Lord Laidlaw, Chairman, Laidlaw Foundation.




“With the Laidlaw Foundation we share a joint vision – to help exceptional women excel in their careers and take positions of leadership around the world,”

François Ortalo-Magné, Dean of LBS.



The Laidlaw Women’s Leadership Fund strengthens our ambition of moving towards 51% female representation across degree programmes, in particular the number of women from socio-economically diverse backgrounds. The fund aims to attract the highest calibre women who might otherwise have been unable to afford a top-tier business education.

Significant progress has already been made towards addressing the gender balance at LBS. With this investment, the School further strengthens our efforts to achieve gender parity.


François Ortalo-Magné, Dean of London Business School, discusses how the Laidlaw Women’s Leadership Fund propels women in business.


Female MBA, EMBA and Masters in Management candidates with demonstrable financial need, academic merit and leadership potential are encouraged to apply.

As application requirements and deadlines vary, please see 'How to apply' under your chosen programme for more information.

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Laidlaw Scholars Network

Recipients of the Laidlaw Women’s Leadership Fund at LBS 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.

Read more about the Laidlaw Scholars Network