Universities – Tufts University

Building on leadership potential

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Program provides students with hands-on research experience to prepare them to serve as future leaders in their chosen fields. Tufts University is delighted to be able to offer first year students the opportunity to get involved in the university’s research, working with academic staff on questions of global significance. The Laidlaw 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 core elements

There are three parts to the Laidlaw Scholarship:

1. Research

The Laidlaw Scholarship funds first and second year undergraduate students over two consecutive summers to pursue a research project of their choosing. Scholars are supported for up to six weeks each summer, working closely with a faculty supervisor who can come from any of the University’s schools. Research projects can focus on a variety of topics. Projects may also have an international focus, in which case scholars could spend all or part of their second summer researching abroad. Students may also apply as part of a team working on a shared research question.

2. Leadership training

Laidlaw Scholars also participate in activities to promote their development as leaders, including workshops, trainings, and other more informal mentoring opportunities. Following completion of the program, scholars will receive a transcript notation identifying them as a Laidlaw Scholar.

3. Networking

Scholars at Tufts University will be a part of a prestigious worldwide community of Laidlaw Scholars. Partner programs are run at Durham University, the University of Oxford, the University of St. Andrews, Hong Kong University and Columbia University to name a few. Contacts and friendships will be made that will last students throughout their careers.

Sharing the vision

The vision of Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay has made this all possible. 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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