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How to apply

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You can apply now for the Laidlaw Scholarship 2023.

If you are interested in applying for the Laidlaw Scholarship 2023 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. Please view the scholar commitments for the 2023 cohort.


  • 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.
  • Students who are planning a placement year need to be able to commit to and engage with all Laidlaw activities, even when on placement. By applying to the scholarship, students are confirming that they agree to this.
  • 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.
  • You can save and resume your application form and complete it at a later date.

Your Personal statement

Your personal statement should include:

  • your motivation for applying for the Laidlaw Scholarship, and how you will make the most of the experience (eg in managing the Scholarship with your studies).
  • any relevant skills and experience that you feel will help you to excel as a Laidlaw Scholar. Where possible, you should highlight any examples of leadership experience or articulate why you feel you have leadership potential. You may draw on examples from school, University or extra-curricular or voluntary experiences to illustrate this.
  • how participation in the Laidlaw Scholarship could assist with your personal and/or career development

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. For examples please see details of projects undertaken by our Laidlaw scholars in 2017 or examples from scholars from other Universities.

Proposing your own research project

1. Write your research statement (500 words). Please provide a description of your research project, which includes:

  • the research question
  • the objectives and proposed outcomes of the research, including any potential impact on the University’s 7 research themes
  • why you have selected the research topic
  • how you would ensure the project is successful, for example in planning the project within appropriate timescales and in the suitability of proposed research methods

In your proposal please indicate a preference for the Leadership in Action experience in the second summer - this may include a charity expedition in a developing country, a leadership placement working with a charity or community project or how your research could be applied in the field to bring about positive change to the area of focus.

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.
  • Your application is not complete until we receive a Statement of Support from your Academic Mentor. Once you submit your application a link to the Statement of Support will be sent to your Mentor. Your mentor must complete the Statement of Support by 5pm on 26 January 2023
  • If we do not receive a Statement of Support from your Academic Mentor by this deadline, your application will not be considered.
  • Here are some tips on approaching an academic mentor from our previous scholars. 


If you are shortlisted you will be invited for a short interview. Please indicate on the application form your preferred first choice and second choice date. The dates available are 27, 29, 31 March 2023.

Submitting your application

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

Missed your opportunity to apply?

If you've missed the opportunity to apply for a Laidlaw Scholarship, you may wish to apply for a York Futures Scholarship to support your personal and professional development. All full time undergraduate, integrated masters and postgraduate taught students are eligible to apply. Round one applications open at 9am on Monday 3 October 2022 and close at 5pm on Monday 7 November 2022. Round 2 applications open at 9am on Monday 20 March 2023 and close at 5pm on 24 April 2023.  

The Laidlaw team will be in touch in due course.

If you have any further questions please contact