A laidlaw Scholar making notes

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the Laidlaw Scholarship 2019 please ensure that you read this guidance before making an application.

Before you begin

Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria below and that you are available on all the key programme training dates and are aware of the full programme commitments.


  • All undergraduate students in year one of a three year programme or year one or two of a four year programme are eligible to apply.
  • There are no restrictions on discipline/department, college, nationality or fee status.

The application form

  • Your application to the programme will be assessed through the online application form which consists of a personal profile and your research statement. There will be an interview for short-listed candidates and a Cognitive Ability Test (Logical Reasoning).
  • You can save and resume your application form and complete it at a later date.

Your Personal statement

Your personal statement should include:

  • Why you are applying for the scholarship
  • Your suitability and motivation for applying
  • Evidence of any leadership experience or potential (which can include extra-curricular or voluntary experience).
  • Any other relevant skills and experience that you feel will help you to excel as a Laidlaw Scholar
  • How this will help your future career plans

The research project

The research project should link to one of the University’s seven Research Themes and be considered by the selection panel to be an area worthy of investigation. The 2017 scholars proposed their own projects and you can read more about their work here: Projects undertaken by our Laidlaw Scholars in 2017.

Proposing your own research project

1. Write your research statement (500 words). Your statement should include:

  • Why you are interested in the research area
  • The objectives and proposed outcomes of the research
  • A summary of the project in simple terms which can be understood by a non-expert in the field
  • What success would look like for you in completing the project
  • Potential impact of the research, beyond the period of the Scholarship
  • What skills, experience or personal qualities you have which will enable you to meet the outcomes of the project
  • Whether the research includes an interdisciplinary or international element
  • How the research links to one of the University’s research themes

If you need help or support on deciding on your research project design you can:

2. Complete the Academic Mentor’s information

  • This section provides the details of the Academic Mentor who has agreed to supervise you throughout the project. Please make sure that you have agreement from your Academic Mentor before submitting their details. All information will be verified. Your Academic Mentor can refer to the role of the mentor section of the website. The Benefits of being a Research Mentor section details the benefits available to them for offering their support.
  • You application is not complete until we receive a Statement of Support from your Academic Mentor. Please encourage them to complete and submit this form to us before the closing date: 13 Feb 2019.

Interview/CAT Test

If you are shortlisted you will be invited for a short interview and undertake a Cognitive Ability Test. Please indicate on the application form your preferred first choice and second choice date. The dates available are 11th, 16th, 17th and 18th April 2018.

Submitting your application

Once you have completed all sections you can submit your application. Prior to submitting please ensure that you have read and accept all terms and conditions relating to this scholarship.

The Leadership and Development team will be in touch in due course.

If you have any further questions please contact laidlaw-scholarship@york.ac.uk