Benefits of the Laidlaw Scholarship and How to Apply

Benefits of the Laidlaw Scholarship

As a Laidlaw Scholar you will:

  • Undertake a research project, which is generously funded over two Summer periods.
  • Have the opportunity to showcase your research at high profile events.
  • Have access to training and mentoring with qualified trainers 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 the institution and programme as an 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

Applications for 2018 are now closed. All applicants will be notified on the final outcome by 23rd April.

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

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

In order to apply you need to:

Identify the research project – There are two options available

Option One - review the list of pre-defined research projects and decide which one you would like to apply for (you can only apply for the ones based in your faculty) and then discuss your potential application with the project supervisor.

Option Two -  if you are not suited to any of the pre-defined projects and have an original research project proposal you need to discuss it with a potential academic supervisor who can support you through the project.

Complete the online application form - applications for 2018 are now closed.

Option One - 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 need to include a personal statement which you can use to tell the selection panel about yourself and your motivations for applying. You will also need a statement from your personal tutor or academic representative on your suitability for the scholarship.

Option Two - If you have defined a project yourself, you will need to write a short research project proposal explaining why the project interests you and what qualities/experience you have which will make you successful in completing it. You will need to include a personal statement which you can use to tell the selection panel about yourself and your motivations for applying. You will also need to agree and confirm the support of your academic research project supervisor, who will need to complete a statement of support for the research project and your suitability for the scholarship.

Submit the application   – shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend an interview.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place between 10th March and 13th April 2018.

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

Students will be notified on the final outcome of their application by 23rd April 2018

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