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About the Laidlaw Scholars Leadership & Research Programme

The Laidlaw Scholars Leadership & 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. To date, more than one thousand students passionate about change have completed the programme all over the world.

The Laidlaw Scholars are generously funded by Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay and the Irvine Laidlaw Foundation. Laidlaw Scholars and supervisors at Trinity College Dublin are part of an international network of leading research intensive universities which deliver the programme.

The programme has three main components:

  • An original, student-led 6 week research project Summer 1
  • An immersive 6 week Leadership-in-action experience in Summer 2 where students put their leadership training into practice to create a positive impact in society
  • An intensive leadership development programme which takes place over the 18 month duration, which includes training days, residential weekends, and an ethical leadership certificate with the Oxford Character Project

Activities for the 2024 cohort will take place from April 2024 to October 2025.