The Laidlaw Scholarship

Starting in 2014, the University of St Andrews was one of the first Universities to offer Laidlaw Scholarships. Through the generous donation by Lord Irvine Laidlaw, and what is now the Laidlaw Foundation, they originally started as a one-year research programme with some additional training and leadership elements. Over the years, the programme has evolved and grown considerably. Today the Scholarship runs over two years and offers students two summers of projects – one focussing on research, while the second emphasises leadership in action. The Leadership component of the program has been significantly developed, and Scholars now receive bespoke leadership training both during the semesters leading up to, as well as during the months of their summer research.

Application restrictions

Study level

Available to students studying at:


Domicile for fee status

No restrictions


Available to faculty members from:

Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Divinity, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Economics and Finance, English, Film Studies, Geography and Sustainable Development, Graduate School, History, International Education Institute, International Relations, Management, Mathematics and Statistics, Medicine, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology and Neuroscience, Social Anthropology

Available to

Prospective students, Current students

Mode of study

Full time, Part time - daytime

Geographical criteria

No restrictions