Universities – Trinity College Dublin

A network of international significance

The Laidlaw Scholars Undergraduate Research and Leadership Programme aims to create the leaders of the future through a mix of training and intensive summer research periods. This program is designed to help students learn from one another as well as from leaders in the academic and professional world, and to support students in their intellectual pursuits and future growth.

Trinity College Dublin offers undergraduate 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 programme is open to students in the second year of a four-year undergraduate degree course, and those in the second or third year of a five-year undergraduate or integrated masters course.

The three qualities of leadership

There are three elements to the Laidlaw Scholarship:

1. Research

The programme runs over two years and enables students to complete two fully funded five-week periods of intensive research, which take place in the summer holidays of their second and third, or third and fourth (for five year courses), years of study. Students are encouraged to devise independent projects and find a suitable member of academic staff to supervise them. Projects do not have to relate to the student’s current area of study. However, there are key criteria for all projects that must be met – these are listed on the Trinity College Dublin website

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 by Trinity staff and between past and present Laidlaw Scholars.

3. Networking

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 the 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.

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Read about the eligibility requirements and see what it takes to become a Laidlaw Scholar

Where is the Laidlaw Scholarship available?

Our partner universities form a close network of research intensive institutions, who are passionate about equipping students with the skills to become leaders in their field of choice.

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