The Programme and Key Dates

The Laidlaw Leadership and Research 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.

If you are interested in developing your leadership skills, gaining leadership qualities, joining a global-wide network of peers, and becoming one of the next generation of leaders then this fully-funded programme may be the perfect opportunity for you.


There are four core components to the programme:

1. A Research Project (Summer One)

This takes place over approximately six weeks during summer vacation. Working with an academic supervisor and/or an experienced research team, scholars develop their abilities in investigative study, analysis, problem solving, and data management. The research topic can be selected from a list provided by the university, or be self-proposed if the student has confirmation that an academic will supervise the research.

2. Leadership in-Action Experience (Summer Two)

In their second summer, scholars put their newly-developed leadership knowledge into practise in a challenging environment. Over approximately six weeks, scholars will choose from a variety of character-building options. Some examples include joining a charity expedition in a developing country with peers from Laidlaw partner universities, or putting their research into action by planning and leading a change project based on their research findings.

3. Leadership Training

Scholars begin their Laidlaw experience with a leadership training retreat. In an immersive group environment, they discover their own innate leadership preferences, learn core leadership attributes, explore leadership values, and develop their leadership skills through exercises and applied learning. Their leadership development continues through the academic year and after their research summer with guest speakers, coaching and more. Scholars also attend an online Ethical Leadership Masterclass to learn to lead with integrity.

4. Networking

Scholars join a global network of fellow Laidlaw Scholars. This online community provides a dedicated space for scholars to contribute and collaborate. Undergraduate scholars publish their research here, can test their thinking, partner on projects and continue their leadership development. MBA scholars and alumni share career questions, advice, and opportunities. Leading academics post their latest papers and thought leadership. Scholars also attend an annual Laidlaw Scholars Conference 


2024 Laidlaw Programme Key Dates

Applications and Selection

Friday 1st December 2023 – Applications open – apply on MyCareer

Wdenesday 3rd Arpil 2024 – Applications close

Monday 29th April – Thursday 2nd May 2024 – Interviews held

Friday 3rd May 2024 – Scholars confirmed by this date

Wednesday 15th May 2024 – Welcome Event and Research Showcase


The Leadership Programme

The dates of the programme with mandatory attendance for 2024 – 2026 are as follows:

10th & 11th June 2024 – Induction, Leadership, and Skills Development Residential

17th – 19th June 2024 – Leadership and Teambuilding Development Residential

12th September 2024 – Reflection, Leadership and Skills Development Day 

8th February 2025 – Cultural Humility, Leadership and Skills Development  Day

14th May 2025 – 2025 Cohort Programme Launch and 2024 Cohort Celebration Event

9th & 10th June 2025 – Leadership and Skill Development Days

8th & 9th June 2026 – Leadership and Skills Development Days


The Research Project and Leadership in Action

June 2024 to September 2024 – Research Period

June 2025 to September 2025 – Leadership in Action




































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