Overview of the Laidlaw Scholarship

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship equips undergraduate students with the skills, knowledge and values to become leaders in their chosen field.

Building on Lord Laidlaw’s passionate commitment to student development, the programme comprises two key elements:

  • Two periods of research, each between 5-6 weeks duration, supervised by an academic Research Mentor. The first period of research will take place during the 2019 summer vacation and the second period during the 2020 summer vacation. Shortlisted scholars will be supported by a generous scholarship fund during the two research periods and this year students will have the opportunity to either select a pre-defined research topic or suggest a unique research theme as part of their application.
  • An intensive leadership development programme leading to a qualification through the Chartered Institute of Management.

There are 25 scholarships available to undergraduate students in 2019.

Become a Research Mentor:

  • If you agree to work with a student as their Research Mentor you will need to complete a statement of support as part of the student’s application process. There is no limit on how many scholars your department can mentor.
  • If your student is selected as a Laidlaw Scholar you will need to work with them to create clear project outcomes and timescales for their two periods of research (taking place during the summer of 2019 and the summer of 2020). Dates will need to be agreed with students and allocated office space and equipment is expected to be provided by your department for the duration of the projects.
  • The minimum requirement for mentoring a student is a formal meeting at the beginning of the period of research and fortnightly meetings for the duration of each project. The scholar will provide an update for those meetings to include a review of progress and action points for discussion.