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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:

  • One period of research of between 5-6 weeks duration, supervised by an academic research mentor.  The research period will take place during the 2022 summer vacation period.   During the summer vacation period 2023 the scholar will have the opportunity to put their leadership skills and attributes into practice. They can choose for 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.   This Leadership in Action opportunity will also be for between 5-6 weeks. Selected scholars will be supported by a generous scholarship fund during both the research period and the Leadership in Action opportunity.
  • An intensive leadership development programme.

There are 25 scholarships available to undergraduate students in 2022.

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. Once the student you are supporting submits their application a link to the statement of support will be sent you to complete as their mentor. You must complete the statement of support by end of the day on 5pm, 3 February 2022.
  • 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 period of research (taking place during the summer of 2022). 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 the project. The scholar will provide an update for those meetings to include a review of progress and action points for discussion.
  • There is no limit on how many scholars your department can mentor.