Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Programme
The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Programme is an innovative scholarship designed to help undergraduate students from all disciplines and walks of life to develop strong research and leadership skills which will allow them to excel in both their degree programmes and their careers.
Are you ambitious, self-motivated and keen to grow academically and personally beyond the classroom? You could be one of the first Laidlaw Scholars at Trinity!
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Applications for the 2019 Programme will open in November 2018.
What is the Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Programme?
The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Programme is an innovative scholarship designed to help undergraduate students from all disciplines and walks of life develop strong research and leadership skills which will allow them to excel in both their degree programmes and their careers.
The programme is sponsored by Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay and is in two parts - an integrated leadership development programme, and a research project comprised of two periods of research of five weeks each carried out over two consecutive summers. Activities for the 2019 session will take place from June 2019 until October 2020 and will be also include regular networking events and mentoring.
The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Programme was established in 2014; the long-term vision is to create a wide-reaching and diverse network of Laidlaw Scholars who will reinvest their knowledge, skills and experience in their communities. Laidlaw Scholars will gain valuable skills in research, communication and leadership and improve their employability by participating in workshops designed to develop self-awareness, initiative, motivation and creativity.
The programme has already been introduced in universities across the UK - Oxford, Durham, Leeds, York, St Andrews and UCL - and Trinity is joining Columbia University, Tufts, and the University of Hong Kong in introducing the Laidlaw scholarship in 2018.
What do Laidlaw Scholars from other universities say?
"Now that I have completed my leadership training and my two summers of research I can see just how much I have benefited from the scheme. I have become more confident and assertive. I am thrilled to tell you I have successfully gained an industrial placement in a cancer research lab in Singapore.” Rachael, Leeds University
"It was a great opportunity to mix with people from different departments and disciplines and to step out of your comfort zone and get exposed to alternative ways of approaching tasks etc.” Katie, St Andrews.
What is involved?
The leadership development section of programme is made up of residential weekends, online reflection modules, and mentoring, with an emphasis on personal development, self-awareness and communication skills. Two leadership workshops will be residential and will be run off-campus, with a focus on interactive learning and team activities. There will also be ongoing mentoring and online learning activities, in addition to opportunities for networking and reflection.
A research project made up of two periods of research of 5 weeks each carried out over 2 consecutive summers (Summers 2019 and 2020 for the 2019 cohort) during which time you will pursue and report on a research question, with the help of your research supervisor.
If you are successful in becoming a Laidlaw Scholar, you will receive a stipend of €550 per week for the 10 weeks of your research project. There will also be a travel fund available which you can apply to if you feel your research requires travel outside Trinity.