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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 passionate change makers 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 of the programme

Activities for the 2022 cohort will take place from April 2022 to October 2023.