Durham University Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership international awards

  • Bachelor
  • £6000
  • 17 January 2021

The creation of the Laidlaw Scholarship was made possible by Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay’s forward-thinking vision and unswerving commitment to student development. The Scholarship has grown considerably since its inception and is now being delivered at a number of institutions, both internationally and nationally. We aim to create an international network of diverse, passionate and ethical leaders who will reinvest their skills, knowledge and experience to help others succeed.

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship was established to build a community of leaders who can contribute effectively in all facets of society and positively benefit others. The main aim of the Scholarship is to equip undergraduate students with the necessary research and leadership skills to help them fulfil their ambitions beyond their course of study, whether they intend to pursue a career in research or in another sector. We invest in talented and motivated undergraduate students, who believe it is their moral imperative to lead with integrity and become active globle leaders and future citizens.

The Laidlaw Scholarship aims to develop highly talented and motivated undergraduates as global citizens and future leaders and to support them to fulfil their potential and re-invest their skills in ways that will benefit others.

The scholarship is competitive and up-to 25 places will be offered in Durham each year. In addition to working alongside leading academics on a research project of your chosing, you will also undergo a bespoke leadership development programme and have opportunities to be able to put your leadership skills into operation in a way that contributes to various global communities.

The scholarships are supported by a generous stipend of up to £6000 to enable you to participate in two 6 week summer periods in both research and leadership activities.

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Durham University is a collegiate public research university in Durham, England, founded by an Act of Parliament in 1832 and incorporated by royal charter in 1837.

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All undergraduate students in year one of a three year degree programme, or year one or two of a four year degree programme at the time of application are eligible to apply.


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£6000 stipend.


You must:

  • Identify a research project which you are interested in.
  • Design your research project. Discuss your ideas 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.
  • If you are interested in applying but are not sure of a research topic you would like to pursue, speak to a member of academic staff who will be able to guide you.
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