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The Laidlaw Scholarship

Listen to the Programme Lead, Penny Foster, and a group of Laidlaw Scholars talk about the Laidlaw Scholarship.The 2020 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 scholarship will offer the opportunity to conduct an independent research project in summer 1 (2020) and a Leadership In Action project in summer 2 (2021) in which scholars will develop, enhance and apply leadership skills developed in the first year of the programme. Scholars can choose from a number of options including a charity expedition in a developing country, a leadership placement or in-field application of their research to bring about positive change to the area of study. Funding is available during the research project and for the leadership experience. 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.

We are looking for 25 proactive and motivated undergraduate students to participate in the 2020 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 2020.

Selected students must be available to undertake a funded research project during the Summer of 2020 and the Leadership In Action project during the summer of 2021.

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

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