TCD offers first year students the opportunity to get involved in the university’s research, working with academic staff often on questions of global significance. The scholarship helps students develop and practise leadership skills in preparation for life after graduation. It enables undergraduates to become part of a network of high performing students from around the world.
The three qualities of leadership
There are three elements to the Laidlaw Scholarship:
The programme enables students to complete two fully funded six-week periods of intensive research in the summer holidays of their first and second years of study. Students can choose a summer project from the list which is published in early November. These usually form part of a larger research project which the supervisors are already running. Alternatively students can apply for any project that interests them - it does not even have to relate their current area of study. However the key criteria for that project must be met – these are listed on the TCD website. Students will need to find a suitable member of academic staff to supervise them
2. Leadership training
Laidlaw Scholars will attend a series of meetings – some during the summer sessions and some during the second year - that will provide training on leadership skills and attributes that can be used in a variety of settings. These meetings may take the form of workshops, trainings, retreats, and events with guest speakers, as well as mentoring opportunities between past and present Laidlaw Scholars.
Participation in the scholarship provides the opportunity to develop a network of academics and fellow scholars, past and present. Working on the research project will offer to opportunity to connect and learn from academics in a collaborative and supportive environment. Involvement in the leadership training provides the chance to meet and learn from leadership experts whilst developing communication and networking skills with fellow scholars. Seminars and university events throughout the scholarship present the opportunity to connect with academics and scholars from different faculties, universities and countries.
Sharing the vision
All this is made possible thanks to the vision of one man - Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay. This prestigious programme is generously funded by him and builds on his commitment to supporting undergraduate student development and education.