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The Laidlaw Research and Leadership Scholarship

The 2019 Laidlaw Scholarship equips self-motivated and ambitious undergraduate students with the knowledge, skills and experience to become leaders in their chosen fields.

The scholarship combines the opportunity for students to undertake a unique research project and an innovative and accredited leadership development programme.

The research project will take place over two Summer periods commencing in the Summer of 2019 - shortlisted scholars will be funded for the duration of their research project. The programme is generously sponsored by Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay.

A high-quality leadership development programme is also provided to the selected students over an 18-month period, enabling Scholars to develop strong leadership skills and greater self-awareness, and resulting in a Chartered Management Institute qualification at Level 5, a highly desirable qualification for future employers.

Watch the scholars developing their skills and supporting the local community:

We are looking for 25 proactive and motivated undergraduate students to participate in the 2019 programme.


University of York undergraduate students must be in their first year of a three year degree or in the first or second year of a four year degree in order to apply for the Laidlaw Scholarship 2019.

Selected students must be available to undertake a funded research project during the Summer of 2019 and the Summer of 2020.

There are no restrictions on discipline, division, nationality or fee status.

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