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Apply now to become a 2022 Laidlaw Scholar

8 December 2021

Applications are open for an opportunity to work with a leading academic and have a real-world impact while developing your research and leadership skills.


Are you a first year undergraduate student, passionate about research? Ready to solve real-world problems? 

If you’re a leader in the making, read on…

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship programme aims to develop a new generation of leaders who are skilled researchers, embrace data-based decision making, and believe it is a moral imperative to lead with integrity.

It invests in talented and motivated first year undergraduate students – giving you the knowledge, skills and experience to become active global citizens and future leaders in your chosen field.

Applications are open until 1 February 2022 at 11:59pm (GMT).

As a 2022 Laidlaw Scholar, you would:

  • carry out a research project of your choice;
  • develop your leadership skills;
  • put your leadership knowledge into practice in an immersive Leadership-in-Action experience;
  • connect with extraordinary peers in world-leading universities; and
  • get paid! 

Projects on offer

37 projects are available from across all faculties, led by supervisors working at the forefront of their disciplines. 

Topics range from ‘Mental Health Intervention for Children with Epilepsy’, ‘Higher Education at the time of COVID’ and ‘Assessing patterns of political representation at times of crises’, to ‘Mapping the state of art of Central Banks Digital Currencies’, ‘Contributing to our understanding of core level spectra from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)’ and everything in-between!

How to apply

First year undergraduate students can apply until Tuesday 1 February 2022. 

When you have chosen which project you wish to apply for make sure you read it thoroughly and think about the issues involved.  

You will need to complete an online form and demonstrate that you meet the Essential Criteria listed for your chosen project, or have sufficiently developed your own project idea.  

The standard six week period for summer 2021 is Monday 13 June to Friday 22 July 2022. These dates can usually be changed by agreement with the supervisor, but you should check this with them before applying. 

Project outputs must be completed by the end of the summer 2022.  

See further information and links to the application and academic reference forms.

Further information

See the Laidlaw Research and Leadership Programme website for full application details, FAQs and case studies of our past Scholars’ experiences.