Laidlaw Scholarship | Laidlaw Research and Leadership Programme



We are glad to announce to you that the Laidlaw scholarship is on going for undergraduate students. The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship equips self-motivated and ambitious undergraduate students with the knowledge and skills to become future leaders in their chosen fields.

The Laidlaw Scholarship Programme aims to create the leaders of the future through a mix of training and intensive summer research periods.

It runs at a number of high ranking universities and is becoming regarded as an indicator of exceptional academic and leadership promise.

The scholarship is a complete programme of activities across 3 years of study. It’s a chance for first-year students to:

  • get involved in research, working with academic staff on questions of global significance;
  • develop and practise leadership skills in preparation for life after graduation;
  • be part of a high performing group of students from across the university.
  • enhance your CV and employability for the future.


The programme provides Laidlaw scholars with leadership training, and allows them to undertake two fully-funded six-week periods of intensive research in the summer holidays of their first and second years of study.

It is the long term vision for the scholarship to create a wide-reaching and diverse network of international scholars who will reinvest their knowledge, skills and experiences amongst their peers, colleagues and networks.

The increasingly broad network of participating universities results in the reputation of the scholarship, and its scholars, reaching a wider range of employers and universities.


The programme is generously funded by Baron Laidlaw of Rothiemay. Inspired by his own higher education abroad and later travels, Lord Laidlaw has targeted not only the global reach of the scholarship but also international opportunities for individual scholars. Lord Laidlaw has made generous funding available for travel when the project can benefit from research or use of facilities abroad, in order to further the development of scholars with international experience.

To find out more, continue reading.


There are 12 participating universities for this scholarship which are listed below,

Participating universities accept first and second year undergraduate applications each year and start recruiting in January. Most students will find out if they have been successful by the end of March. Research projects usually take place over summer and leadership development activities run at various times throughout the scholarship.

  1. Columbia University NY
  2. Durham University
  3. National university of Singapore (NUS)
  4. The University of Dublin
  5. Tufts University
  6. UCL
  7. The university of Hong Kong
  8. university of Leeds
  9. The university of Oxford
  10. The University Of St. Andrews
  11. University of Toronto
  12. University Of York

What You Need To Know About  Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship.

Applications will be reviewed by an expert in that field and the selection process considers not just the research topic and the applicant’s academic background and achievements, but equally importantly their passion, drive, enthusiasm and ambition.

Outstanding students are shortlisted and further testing or interviews may be conducted depending on the university. Many candidates, whether successful or not, say they found the selection process to be both challenging and rewarding.

This disciplined process gives every candidate the opportunity to reflect on their life goals and to think about potential career opportunities and choices. So whatever happens, applying for a Laidlaw Scholarship can help further careers.



This scholarship is open to fresh undergraduate students or those in their second year in any of the participating universities to study any course.


These scholarship are to be taken in these universities


The scholarship is open to ALL nationalities.

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As Laidlaw Scholars you will receive:

  • A stipend of £3,300 per year in your first and second years. As you will not be able to work during the six week summer research periods, this will cover your accommodation and living costs during that time.
  • Payment for any ambassadorial or other work which you may undertake as part of the scheme.

All students must prove their right to work in the UK before undertaking and paid work. Students with Tier 4 Visas are restricted to a maximum of 20 hours of paid work per week during term time. You must make sure that you comply with the work restrictions of your visa.

Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship Eligibility

All undergraduate students in year 1 of a three year programme or year 2 of a four year programme are eligible to apply. There are no restrictions on discipline/department, college, nationality or fee status. (The programme is not open to visiting students).

How To Apply For The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship

Complete the application form: this includes the personal profile, which should be used to tell us more about yourself and your motivations for applying for the Laidlaw Programme

  • Confirm the support of your supervisor. Ask your supervisor to complete the online statement of support form
  • Submit the application form. You will receive immediate confirmation of receipt of your application. Shortlisting of applications will take place after the closing date.

Your application to the programme will be assessed through the online application form which consists of a personal profile and your research proposal. There may be an interview for short-listed candidates.

Your research proposal will be assessed a panel of internal assessors and academics in a relevant discipline.

To apply for the scholarship you must:

  • Identify a research project which you are interested in.Attached is a list of areas of research which academics at the University have identified as suitable for them to supervise. You are not limited to these areas of research if there is a specific subject you are interested in you can approach a supervisor and develop a research proposal.
  • Design your research project, following discussions with your chosen supervisor; your project can be original or related to research that is on-going in the University. If part of a larger research programme your project must be designed to make a specific contribution.
  • Write a research proposal. Your proposal will be assessed by an internal reviewer for the quality of the candidate, project content, and proposed environment hosting the study.



There are two application routes:

Choosing a summer project from the list

The list of projects is published in early November.  Projects usually form part of a larger research project the supervisors are running.  You can apply for any project which interests you.  It does not have to relate to your current studies. However, as part of your application, you will need to demonstrate that you meet the key criteria for that project.  These are listed on the website under each project.  There is a box on the online form for you to demonstrate that you meet these criteria.

Submitting a summer project which you have devised yourself

You will need to find a suitable member of academic staff within UCL who agrees to supervise you.  They will assist you with the project-related element of your application.  The project needs to be:

  • something you’re really interested in,
  • at an appropriate academic level, and
  • realistically achievable within six weeks.

Bear in mind that undertaking your own project will demand a lot of self-reliance – you’ll need to organise your own work and your own time, negotiate with others as needed, and try to find a way through any setbacks.  Having said that, it can be immensely satisfying to complete your own piece of research at a high level.


The scheme has now closed for applications for the 17/18 academic year.

It will re-open in November 2018 for first year undergraduate applications.


It is still possible to submit an academic reference for an applicant by using theonline form found here.



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