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How to apply

Applications will re-open in November 2018

First steps

Please read the Laidlaw Scholars Committment below and only continue with your application if you agree to the conditions set out.

Each scholar agrees to:

  1. Attend the development events throughout their time as a scholar
  2. Undertake the work necessary to complete the research projects
  3. Respond to communication from the scheme coordinators over the summer and during term-time
  4. Attend research project meetings with the project supervisor/mentor and report on progress as agreed
  5. Provide a project report at the end of each period of research work by 20 September; this report will be signed off by the project superviosr and emailed to the Laidlaw Scholars Administrator
  6. Join the Laidlaw Scholars private social group - allowing individuals to network with other scholars from their own and other universities, to share their experiences, answer questions and act as mentors to new cohorts.
  7. Be open to participate in the production of content to be used on the Laidlaw Scholars website, and potentially be used for marketing the programme
  8. Keep the Laidlaw Scholars Administrator updated with their progress and career information following graduation
  9. Give back to scholars of the future by acting as a mentor
  10. Provide email addresses to the CEO of the Laidlaw programme

Please see the section on eligibility before you start your application

  • Identify a research project and approach potential supervisors. Identify a pre-defined project or a project of your choice. If choosing your own research project it must be separate from any work submitted for credit. A list of pre-defined offered to 2017 scholars can be found here.
  • Approach a potential supervisor for your project to discuss your idea and explore if they would be willing to supervise your research project. This is a member of academic staff (not a postgraduate student). If you have elected to choose one from the pre-defined list, there will already be a supervisor in place who you should approach to discuss your interest.
  • Confirm the support of your supervisor. Ask your supervisor to provide a statement of support.
  • Submit your application by following the steps below and using the Note of Guidance to support you through the process

Submitting an application

  1. Log into MySaint on the University website.
  2. Click on the ‘My Applications’ tab.
  3. On the ‘Scholarships and Funding’ section, click on ‘View Scholarships and Funding Catalogue’.
  4. Select Academic year “2018/19” and Award type “Projects and Initiatives” and click on the ‘refresh list’ button which will bring up a filter box at the bottom of the page.
  5. Enter ‘Laidlaw’ in the filter box and details of the Laidlaw Programme will come up in your search results.
  6. Click ‘apply’ in the actions column.
  7. Click ‘Start Application’.
  8. Refer to the Notes of guidance (PDF, 357 KB) to assist you complete your application form.
  9. You shall be required to upload:
    1. A statement on how you wish to develop as a leader (300 words max).
    2. A statement on how you intend to develop academically and personally through research (300 words max).
    3. Your agreed project title (You may wish to select one from  the pre-defined list, or generate one of your own).
    4. A statement of support from your project supervisor.

Note: you do not need to complete the application in order or all at once, you can save your application and return at any time.


Briefing session

You can view the briefing session for potential applicants which took place on 1 November below, or via this link: