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The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship Programme 2020

(6 September 2019)

Expressions of interest are sought from academic staff wishing to supervise a student on this programme over one or two consecutive summer research experiences. Previous Laidlaw Supervisors - please note changes have been made to the previous programme. Students will have three options for the second year of the scholarship which means that only a limited number will carry out two periods of research with you. Academic staff who would like to put forward projects are asked to send their name, department and a paragraph outlining the research area to Laidlaw.scholarships@durham.ac.uk by Friday 4 October 2019.

Your project will be advertised openly on the Laidlaw website and potential scholars from any of the 6 participating Laidlaw university's wanting to participate in the Laidlaw Scholars Programme is eligible to apply and can contact you directly to discuss your project.

Timescales

  • Deadline for expressions of interest from academic staff, 4 October 2019
  • Scholarship advertised to first year undergraduate students, Michaelmas Term 2019
  • Deadline for applications from students, 13 December 2019
  • Students and supervisors informed of outcome of applications, March 2020

What next?

Academic staff who would like to put forward projects are asked to send their name, department and a paragraph outlining the research area that they can supervise to: Laidlaw.scholarships@durham.ac.uk by Friday 4th October 2019 - please also read the addtional information below.

Background

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Scholarship Programme in Research and Leadership (sponsored by Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay) is an exciting opportunity for students to engage in an undergraduate research project, supervised by academic staff at Durham University. Research may be within a single discipline or be multi-disciplinary and may contain an international element, depending on the project.

As part of this two-year programme, Laidlaw Scholars will also have the opportunity to develop the skills and values needed to become leaders in their chosen occupations, beyond University, through bespoke leadership training, events and activities. The overall programme will also provide opportunities for interaction between Laidlaw Scholars in different universities.

The opportunity to apply for the scholarships are offered to all undergraduate students in year 1 of a three-year programme or year 2 of a four year programme and aims to attract students who are likely to become leaders in their fields and respected future alumni.

Students will receive a generous stipend of £3,000 per summer. This will fund two consecutive summer activities surrounding research and/or leadership skills development.

Research Project and Supervision

Year One:

Academic colleagues are asked to submit the general area of research in which they are able to offer supervision for ONE five or six week research project over the summer of 2020.

A combined list of all potential supervisors/project areas will be made available to applicants across ALL participating Laidlaw institutions.

Please note: Your project will be advertised openly on the Laidlaw website and potential scholars from any university wanting to participate in the Laidlaw Scholars Programme is eligible to apply for your project and can contact you directly to discuss your project.

Interested applicants will develop a research proposal in conjunction with their chosen supervisor which will form part of the student’s application.

Scholarship projects must be entirely separate from any work submitted for credit counting towards the student’s degree. As a condition of their award, Students will be required to write a short (2 -3 page) report on their chosen project for Lord Laidlaw; supervisors will not be asked to carry out a formal assessment of the research.

Year Two – Option Choices:

In the second year of their programme, scholars will apply to undertake one of the following options:

1. Undertake a second research period which includes an in-field application of their research project or further development of specified leadership skills

2. Source an internship which offers the scholar the opportunity to further develop and apply their leadership skills. This experience must state clear goals and deliverables negotiated before the internship takes place with the host organisation

3. Participation in a leadership expedition via either Raleigh International or Think Pacific

(Please note there are limited places available for each option and your scholar may not be successful with their first option choice)

Self-defined Research Projects

Students may also apply to the programme with their own self-defined project. In this instance, a potential Laidlaw Scholar can approach a member of academic staff and ask them to support their research project and act as their supervisor for the length of the programme. For further details regarding this application route can be obtained from laidlaw.scholarships@durham.ac.uk

Have something to include?

Please liaise with the designated contact for your department or college. For further guidance, email dialogue@durham.ac.uk

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