The Laidlaw Research and Leadership Programme


How to apply

The application period has now ended for this year. The scheme will reopen in December 2024 for applications.

    In December 2024 the new application form link will appear on this page.

    Stages of Judging Applications

    Stage 1: Supervisor Review

    Your application will be reviewed by the project supervisor.  They will be looking to see that you have understood the project and meet the Essential Criteria.

    Stage 2: Interview

    Longlisted candidates will be invited to a short online interview.  If you are shortlisted, you will receive further details about this by email.

    Stage 3: Judging Panel

    Shortlisted candidates' applications will be reviewed by a Judging Panel in March 2024.  The Panel will decide which applicants become Laidlaw scholars.  There are up to 30 Laidlaw scholarships available each year.

    Applications are all judged together after the closing date.  We do not operate a "rolling application" system.

    Self-proposed projects

    If you are proposing your own project, you will need to find a member of academic staff to be your supervisor before you apply. You will be asked a number of questions about your project proposal on the application form. You should consider these questions together with your project supervisor. Please give as much detail as you can. 

    The panel will be looking for a convincing, logical and well-considered project which fits well into a six-week period. However, the panel will not expect you to have worked out every detail at this stage.

    Check whether your proposal would require ethical approval - you should factor in additional time for this (it can take months to obtain approval). You must have approval in advance of your start date, as a project without ethical approval (where required) cannot go ahead.

    How you will be contacted

    Shortlisted applicants will be contacted in the middle of February and invited to undertake an interview.

    We will contact all applicants via email in the middle of March 2024 with the result of their application.

    Your data and privacy

    All personal data required by this programme is collected and held in accordance with UCL's Student Privacy Notice.

    For further information, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.