Apply now to become a 2023 Laidlaw Scholar


Applications are open for an opportunity to work with a leading academic and have a real-world impact while developing your research and leadership skills.

Are you a first year undergraduate student, passionate about research? Ready to solve real-world problems? If you’re a leader in the making, read on...

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership 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 first year undergraduate students - giving you the knowledge, skills and experience to become active global citizens and future leaders in your chosen field.

Applications are open until Monday 16 January 2023. 

As a 2023 Laidlaw Scholar, you would:

  • Carry out a research project of your choice;
  • Develop your leadership skills;
  • Put your leadership knowledge into practice in an immersive Leadership-in-Action experience;
  • Connect with extraordinary peers in world-leading universities; and
  • Get paid! 

Projects on offer

27 projects are available from across all faculties, led by supervisors working at the forefront of their disciplines. Topics range from:

  • How does voice training affect speech perception?
  • Marking two hundred years of students at UCL
  • A critical perspective on English contract law
  • Sport, exercise and physical activity: improving menstrual health experiences
  • Foreign language education reforms in Europe
  • How to apply

    First year undergraduate students can apply until Monday 16 January 2023. 

    When you have chosen which project you wish to apply for make sure you read it thoroughly and think about the issues involved.  You will need to complete an online form and demonstrate that you meet the Essential Criteria listed for your chosen project, or have sufficiently developed your own project idea.  

    The standard six week period for summer 2023 is Monday 12 June to Friday 21 July 2023. These dates can usually be changed by agreement with the supervisor, but you should check this with them before applying. 

    Project outputs must be completed by the end of the summer 2023.  

    See further information and links to the application and academic reference forms.

    Read Seven Questions with... Phin Godfrey where he shares his experience as a Laidlaw Scholar. 

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