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Laidlaw Programme in Leadership and Research

(11 December 2020)

New opportunities are now available to apply for as part of the Laidlaw Programme in Leadership and Research - please encourage your students to apply and offer your support as a supervisor! Funded by The Laidlaw Foundation, the Laidlaw Research and Leadership Scholarship Programme now also has a small number of unique opportunities for students interested in participating in our research and leadership development programme.


All Laidlaw Scholarships offer a generous £6,000 stipend across both summers to support scholars whilst they participate in these projects and the leadership development programme.

Where possible please offer your support as a potential supervisor and encourage your students to explore our website to find out about our unique special projects or apply to the programme with an idea of their own.

Application deadline - Midnight 17 Jan 2021


To apply for the programme students MUST make sure they are familiar with the work of the Laidlaw Foundation, and pay particular attention to the ethos of the Leadership and Research Programme.

There are 2 ways to apply for the programme.

1. Unique projects now available – opportunity to explore a research area and participate in a related placement.

We have the following 5 projects now on offer;

  • School of Education (Durham University) - research projects
  • Maggies - cancer support charity (various locations)
  • Students as Agents of Social Change - School of Education (Durham University)
  • Biteback 2030 - youth-led movement for a healthier, fairer food system
  • Change the Code - bridging the gender gap in STEM fields

For further details please visit our Special Laidlaw Projects Webpage

2.Self-Defined Research Projects - Opportunity to explore a research area which you are passionate about

We are still encouraging students to apply to the programme through the usual route with their own self-defined research project. 

For more information please visit our Durham Laidlaw Webpages

More Detail

The generous living £6000 stipend uniquely funds both a research project of your choice and leadership development training – the Laidlaw Undergraduate Leadership and Research 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 undergraduate students, giving them the knowledge, skills and experience to become active global citizens and future leaders. The Laidlaw Scholars programme takes place over two summers, and has four components to it:

1. A research project of your choice

2. Leadership development training

3. Leadership in action experience (which can be overseas)

4. Global networking through an online scholars community

In summer one, all scholars will undertake one research project where you will develop, pursue and report on a research question with a research supervisor. This project will be defined by you giving you the opportunity to explore a research area which you are passionate about.

The second summer of the programme involves a number of options whereby you will put your leadership learning into practice for the benefit of others as well as developing your skills through action-based learning.

For further details about the scholarship and how to apply, click here

Please also take the time to watch this short video and find further information from the Laidlaw Foundation in their Scholarship Brochure.

If you have any questions please contact the Laidlaw team at:

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