Universities – University of Oxford

Helping students take the lead

The University of Oxford joined the Laidlaw Scholars Undergraduate Research & Leadership Programme in 2016. This visionary programme builds on Lord Laidlaw’s commitment to supporting undergraduate student development and education. It gives undergraduate students the research, leadership and networking skills they will need to achieve their academic and professional goals in the future.

How students benefit

There are three elements to the programme:

  • A leadership programme which leads to an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualification.
  • A research project of between 8 and 10 weeks, designed and defined by the student, at any world-leading research institution.
  • A mentoring and networking element that introduces students to many likeminded, ambitious people who can help them throughout their career.

Successful scholars will receive a stipend of up to £6,000 to help with their research project. Students taking placements at research institutions outside the UK may claim up to a further £2,500 towards travel-related expenses. Additional funding of up to £1,000 is also available to meet research expenses that cannot be covered by the host institution.

Sharing success

At the end of the programme, we hold an event where scholars informally present the results of their research to senior figures in the university, representatives from the Laidlaw organisation and undergraduates interested in becoming the next Laidlaw scholars. You can read about previous scholars’ projects on our Laidlaw Scholars Profiles page, and see photographs in the About The Laidlaw Scholars Programme section.

Find out more about application details and dates.

Contact information


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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