Universities – University of St Andrews

A pioneering leadership programme

The Scholarship aims to open up a world of opportunity for ambitious, self-motivated and forward-thinking students. This programme has been designed to give students the skills and confidence they will need to become leaders in their chosen careers by focussing on leadership, research and networking.

The skills of leadership 

The comprehensive leadership programme runs across the entire academic year and students will also be awarded a six-month studying membership of the Institute of Leadership and Management. Scholars will benefit from access to a network of support staff and fellow scholars as well as an intensive training and development course:

  • Introduction to Leadership – setting personal development goals
  • Leadership styles – managing situations and teams
  • Leadership skills – time management and project management
  • Research methods and ethics
  • Being an effective follower as well as a leader
  • Communication skills

The two leadership weekend training courses in March and October 2018 are held in St Andrews or at a residential venue organised by the University.

The research project gives students the opportunity to report on a research topic with a research supervisor from their chosen school. The project consists of two five-week summer projects completed over two consecutive summers.

Research Project Applications

Students can apply via the Scholarships and Funding tab in MySaint from November 2018. The online application will ask for the following information:

  • Name, School, ID number, St Andrews email address
  • Supervisor’s name, School and email address
  • Title of the research project (This can be selected from the pre-defined list, or can be suggested by the applicant with agreement from a supervisor)
  • Start and end date of the project (a five-week period between 4 June to 7 September)
  • Statement from the scholar on how they intend to develop academically and personally through research (300 words)
  • Statement from the scholar on how they would like to develop as a leader (300 words)
  • Supporting statement from the research Supervisor

 Applications will be assessed on:

  • The scholar's research development statement
  • The scholar's leadership statement
  • The Supervisor’s supporting statement
  • The scholar’s academic record

Networking and travel

The networking element is gradually built up over the three years, when students will meet former graduates and other like-minded students from an international network of Laidlaw scholars.

The scholarship encourages students to travel and work abroad, should it be relevant to their research project. This can be to study primary sources in location, or to make use of the appropriate facilities available in another country. St Andrews’ scholars also keep a travel blog that provides an insight into the experience.

Backing for tomorrow’s leaders

Laidlaw students will be supported by a generous stipend of £500 per week up to a maximum of 10 weeks across the two research periods. Students will be expected to live in St Andrews or within easy commuting distance during their summer research project. This will allow them to benefit from being part of the dynamic and exciting community of Laidlaw scholars. Find out more about the 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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