What’s involved – Eligibility

Entry requirements

Depending on the University, first and second year undergraduates may be eligible to apply. Participating Universities accept applications from students of all backgrounds and disciplines to create a diverse and vibrant mix of ideas and perspectives for students while developing their leadership skills.

Applications will be reviewed by an expert in that field and the selection process considers not just the research topic and the applicant’s academic background and achievements, but equally importantly their passion, drive, enthusiasm and ambition.

Outstanding students are shortlisted and further testing or interviews may be conducted depending on the University. Many candidates, whether successful or not, say they found the selection process to be both challenging and rewarding. This disciplined process gives every candidate the opportunity to reflect on their life goals and to think about potential career opportunities and choices. So whatever happens, applying for a Laidlaw Scholarship can help further careers.

Depending on the University, first and second year undergraduates may apply. Applications windows differ between Universities, but generally fall between November and February each year; for exact application dates please visit your University's website. Most students will find out if they have been successful by the end of March. Research projects usually take place over summer and leadership development activities run at various times throughout the scholarship.