Benefits of the Laidlaw Scholarship and How to Apply

Benefits of the Laidlaw Scholarship

As a Laidlaw Scholar you will:

  • Increase your employability by developing your knowledge, skills and confidence in research and leadership.
  • Gain valuable transferable skills in project management, leadership, communications and team working.
  • Undertake a unique research project, which is generously funded over two Summer periods.

  • Have the opportunity to showcase your research at high profile events.
  • Have access to coaching and mentoring with qualified coaches and employer mentors.
  • Have access to a network of like-minded peers across the University, the UK and beyond
  • Enhance your academic potential through the experience of working in partnership with leading researchers;
  • Receive individual support and mentoring from a specialist supervisor and an associated research team;
  • Gain valuable, transferable skills in research, communication, project planning and leadership;
  • Increase your employability through undertaking project work, and through participation in workshops designed to promote self-confidence, initiative, innovation and creativity;
  • Represent your school and faculty as a student ambassador;
  • Receive a grant totaling up to £6000 (£4,000 personal financial allowance chiefly to cover maintenance, accommodation etc and a further £2,000 is available for additional scholarly duties carried out throughout the scholarship period).

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the Laidlaw Scholarship 2018 please ensure that:

  1. You will be based at the University of York during 2018-20
  2. You are a first year undergraduate student currently in the first year of a three-year degree programme
    that you are a first or second year undergraduate student of a four-year degree.

In order to apply you need to:

Identify your research project – you will need to decide if you’d like to select a pre-defined research topic or if you are selecting your own research topic you will need to identify a theme and discuss it with a potential academic supervisor who can support you through the project. It may be useful to view some of the projects undertaken by our Laidlaw Scholars in 2017.

Complete the online application form - applications open 8 January 2018

  • If you have defined a project yourself, you will need to agree and confirm the support of your Supervisor/Academic Mentor, and write a short research proposal.
  • If applying for a pre-defined project you will need to explain why the project interests you and what qualities/experience you have which will make you successful in completing it.
  • You will also need to include a personal profile which you can use to tell the selection panel about yourself and your motivations for applying.

Submit the application by 14 February 2018 – shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend a short interview and to undertake a Cognitive Ability Test (CAT). Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place between 25 - 27 April 2018 and you will be asked to select your preferred date at application.

Students will be selected based on their leadership potential, the merit of their research proposal and their motivation in applying for this programme.

Students will be notified on the final outcome of their application by 5 May 2018