Developing the next generation of leaders
We aim to create an international network of diverse, passionate and ethical leaders who will reinvest their skills, knowledge and experience to help others succeed.
Who Laidlaw Scholars are, what they believe and how they act.
The Laidlaw Scholar is AMBITIOUS, BRAVE, CURIOUS and DETERMINED.
He is EXTRAORDINARY, she is FAST, they are GOOD.
Integrity is the touchstone of the Laidlaw Scholar: treating others with respect, collaborating, being decent and truthful.
We partner with only the top universities in the world. All of our scholars are exceptionally smart.
Georgina Sánchez Moles
How the 4th Industrial Revolution is impacting the livelihoods of fashion workers in East London
I am a soon to be third year BSc Social Sciences student at UCL and this is my second year doing the Laidlaw scholarship.
Multiple Speakers, Competing Discourses: The Construction of Security in the 2016 Austrian Presidential Election
I’m currently studying international relations in my final year at the University of St. Andrews.
Composing music with dynamical systems theory
I expected to be challenged on the Laidlaw Scholarship. I expected to be pushed to be able to do something that I hadn’t previously done before.
Francisco Salema Oom de Sacadura
Neuro-Mechanisms of Pain Perception and the Human Experimental Model
I am a Second year neuroscience student at UCL and second year Laidlaw Scholar. This experience has made me more certain than ever that I want to be an academic.
LAIDLAW UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME
The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship programme aims to develop a new generation of leaders who are skilled researchers, embrace data-based decision making, and believe it is a moral imperative to lead with integrity. It invests in talented and motivated undergraduate students, giving them the knowledge, skills and experience to become active global citizens and future leaders.
The Scholarship uniquely funds both a research experience and leadership development for the undergraduates.
There are four core components to the programme:
1. A research project
Taking place over approximately six weeks during a summer vacation. Working with an academic supervisor and/or an experienced research team, scholars develop their abilities in investigative study, analysis, problem solving and data management. The research topic can be selected from a list provided by the university, or be self-proposed if the student has confirmation that an academic will supervise the research.
2. Leadership training
Scholars begin their Laidlaw experience with a leadership training retreat. In a group, immersive environment, they discover their own innate leadership preferences, learn core leadership attributes, explore leadership values and develop their leadership skills through exercises and applied learning. Their leadership development continues through the academic year, after their research summer, with guest speakers, coaching and more.
3. Leadership-in-action experience
In their second summer, scholars put their newly developed leadership knowledge into practise in challenging environments.Over approximately six weeks, scholars choose from a variety of testing options including joining a charity expedition in a developing country with peers from each of the partner universities, and putting their research into action by planning and leading a change project based on their research findings.
Scholars join a global network of fellow Laidlaw Scholars. This online community provides a dedicated space for scholars to contribute and collaborate. Undergraduate scholars publish their research here, can test their thinking, partner on projects and continue their leadership development. MBA scholars and alumni share career questions, advice and opportunities. Leading academics post their latest papers and thought leadership.
A research project gives scholars the chance to pursue in-depth an area of interest with the support of one or more academic supervisors. Either selected from a list of topics provided by the university, or self-proposed, the scholar has the overall responsibility to manage and deliver the project. The discipline of research develops intellectual rigour, project-management skills, critical thinking and the ability to communicate conclusions clearly.
The Research Supervisor supports scholars in designing a project that is meaningful and robust, which allows them to work independently and with others. Scholars will achieve an in-depth understanding of a subject of their choice and will develop behaviours and skills that will be invaluable throughout university and in their future careers.
Research projects usually take place over one summer and last around six weeks. Students apply directly to their own universities who manage the application process for their own students
The research project allows scholars to:
• Find answers to some of the world’s most intractable problems.
• Experience what it is like to work alongside high performing scholars and academics.
• Actively learn from people in their team as they manage and lead projects.
• Build confidence and the ability to work independently.
• Understand the importance of primary research.
• Develop transferable skills and behaviours such as self-motivation, critical thinking, organisation, planning, commitment and decision making.
• Enhance professional communication skills.
• Receive one-to-one mentoring from a specialist supervisor.
Our scholars conduct research within a range of different fields alongside a leading academic supervisor. Below are eight examples of research papers, which cover topics as varied as ice-rafted debris to urban life in contemporary Chinese animation. To see more research papers, please visit the Laidlaw Scholars Network
The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship was established to help develop leadership potential in the world’s top students. By bringing together a group of international scholars, the programme creates an exciting, diverse and inspirational learning environment. Those taking part in the scholarship will gain knowledge in a chosen field while developing the skills needed to become a leader.
The Leadership Model:
In businesses, academia, charities, social enterprises and the public sector, we need leaders at every level of the organisation who understand purpose, strategy, planning , execution, and ethical leadership. Successful leaders demonstrate these skills individually, when managing others, and in different types of situations.
Our intensive training will help develop the skills that are essential to a scholar’s future career, whatever that may be, with a programme based on the Laidlaw Scholar attributes. Each university delivers a carefully curated programme which includes activities such as experiential learning, team working exercises, action learning sets, critical self reflection, intercultural understanding and global citizenship. Most programmes have a residential element/retreat and there is access to online learning on the expert Network.
All scholars will improve their self-knowledge and awareness, communication and presentation skills, critical and creative thinking, social and intercultural understanding, collaboration and team working expertise, problem solving, resilience, determination and decision making, research and project management skills.
They will become better global citizens and strong next generation leaders.
Laidlaw Scholars on a Think Pacific expedition
Lord Laidlaw with Laidlaw Scholars in Tanzania
Laidlaw Scholars on a mission in Fiji
“We need a new generation of leaders who have the research brilliance to help solve intractable problems, who behave with integrity and are determined to make the world a better place”– Susanna V. Kempe
Learning about leadership in the peace and quiet of a leafy quad is very different than living it outside of one’s comfort zone: far from home, tired, stressed and wondering if one is up to the challenge.
The Leadership-in-Action component of the scholarship takes place over a 5-6 week period in the second summer. It gives scholars an opportunity to put into practise what they have learnt about purpose, strategy, planning, execution, communication and influencing skills, team work, resilience and being a global citizen.
Scholars can choose from leadership expeditions such as volunteering work with the likes of Raleigh International and Think Pacific (combining voluntary work designed to create systemic and sustainable change), with bespoke leadership training; social enterprise and NGO internships in challenging environments with clearly defined goals and deliverables; and continuing their research by taking it into the field.
We partner with the highest performing universities; those known for their research excellence and who share our vision and passion to support and develop the leaders of tomorrow.
Laidlaw Scholarships are available at the following leading universities. If your university is not listed and you would like to be involved in the undergraduate programme, please have your President or Vice Chancellor contact us about applying to be a partner university.
Please see the eligibility criteria for each university. Typically, undergraduate students in their first year of a 3-year programme and their second year of a 4-year programme may apply to the Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship. Participating Universities accept applications from students of all backgrounds and disciplines to create a diverse and vibrant community of scholars. Application windows differ between Universities, but generally fall between November and February each year; for exact application dates please visit your University’s website.
Once the application window is closed, applications are reviewed by experts in various fields. The selection process not only takes account of the research topic and the applicant’s academic background and achievements, but also their passion, drive, enthusiasm, ambition, and leadership potential.
Outstanding students are shortlisted and interviews are then conducted by a panel at each University. Many candidates, whether successful or not, find 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.
Students will find out if they have been successful by April.
How to Apply
You must be an undergraduate at one of our partner universities in order to apply.
Please click on the university’s logo above to see contact details and their full application process.
We wish you the best of luck!
WOMEN’S BUSINESS EDUCATION LAIDLAW SCHOLARSHIPS
“Understanding the link between women’s empowerment and the wealth and health of societies is crucial for humanity…If you want to lift up humanity, empower women. It is the most comprehensive, pervasive, high-leverage investment you can make in human beings.” – Melinda Gates
Women are still woefully under-represented in C-Suites and Boardrooms across the world. By investing in extraordinary women to gain their MBAs, the Foundation intends to give women the education and networks to achieve equal representation and power. To date, we have helped over 300 women earn their MBA from Columbia Business School and are just beginning a Women’s Movement programme with London Business School and Oxford’s Saïd Business School, providing full and half scholarships to women who would not otherwise be in a position to reap the benefits of attending this outstanding schools.
Our aim is to achieve gender parity on executive and non-executive boards.
We believe that by funding scholarships for exceptional women to gain their MBAs at leading business schools, we can help build the pipeline of future women leaders through access to best-in-class education, resources and global networks.
WOMEN’S MOVEMENT AT LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL
London Business School and the Laidlaw Foundation share a commitment to women in business and women’s initiatives. We also share a joint vision – to help exceptional females to excel in their careers, regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds.
The Laidlaw Women’s Leadership Fund at London Business School supports 20 outstanding female MBA, EMBA and Masters in Management scholars per year from 2019 – 2022.
By arming cohorts of women to aim higher and achieve more through education and in their careers, the LBS and Laidlaw Foundation partnership intends to inspire and encourage the drive for change by promoting women’s leadership on boards and in businesses around the globe.
Together we aim to build and develop a diverse community of passionate and exceptional female leaders, from a wide range of backgrounds.
Full and half scholarships available.
ABOUT LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL
London Business School’s vision is to have a profound impact on the way the world does business and the way business impacts the world. The School is consistently ranked among the best business schools globally and is widely acknowledged as a centre for outstanding research.
As well as its highly ranked degree programmes, the School offers award-winning Executive Education programmes to business leaders from around the world.
London Business School has campuses in London and Dubai, and a presence in three additional international cities – New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The School equips its diverse student body with the tools needed to tackle today’s business challenges and connects them with many of the world’s leading thinkers.
The School has more than 44,000 alumni working in over 155 countries. Together, they are a community defined by a wealth of knowledge, business experience and worldwide networking opportunities.
London Business School’s 174 faculty members come from over 30 countries. They cover seven subject areas: accounting, economics, finance, management science and operations, marketing, organisational behaviour, and strategy and entrepreneurship.
François Ortalo-Magné, Dean, London Business School, discusses our joint vision – to help exceptional women excel in their careers and take positions of leadership around the world.
SAÏD BUSINESS SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
On March 9th 2020, it was announced that the Laidlaw Foundation will donate £1.35m to fund full and half scholarships for women at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. The Oxford Laidlaw Scholars will be joining over 300 Laidlaw Scholars from Columbia Business School whom the Laidlaw Foundation has supported to earn their MBAs; and Scholars at London Business School where the Foundation launched a Women’s Movement in 2019.
‘We are thrilled that Oxford Saïd is joining our Women’s Movement. Our aim is to propel more women into leadership roles by giving extraordinary women, who would not otherwise be able to afford an MBA, access to Oxford Saïd’s exceptional programme and network,’ – Susanna V. Kempe, CEO of the Laidlaw Foundation.
The scholarships are intended to encourage extraordinary women with clear leadership potential to enrol onto the MBA programme when they would not have previously considered the qualification due to financial constraints.
‘We are delighted that the Laidlaw Foundation is generously providing scholarships for women over the next 3 years, giving them an opportunity to create real change in businesses and industries across the world and inspire others. We are committed to achieving gender parity in education and this gift will materially help us in our endeavours,’ – Kathy Harvey, Associate Dean, MBA and Executive Degrees at Oxford Saïd.
The total gift will enable Oxford Saïd to build on its current position as Europe’s most gender balanced MBA (currently 44% female) and achieve full gender parity.
ABOUT OXFORD SAÏD BUSINESS SCHOOL
Embedded in the oldest university in the English-speaking world, the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School is a young and innovative school that seeks to develop the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs. Oxford Saïd offers a broad range of business-related degree programmes and executive education taught courses. The school uses its academic strengths and global network to address long-term transformations such as climate change and the impact of new technology.
LAIDLAW COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOLARS AT COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL
Together, Columbia Business School and the Laidlaw Foundation aim to build a pipeline of female business leaders and support them on their path to the C-suite.
The Laidlaw Scholarship provides crucial financial assistance to exceptional Columbia Business School women who might not otherwise be able to afford business school. In addition to an unparalleled education, they receive entrée into an expanding community of talented Laidlaw Columbia Business Scholars (LCBS). Through programming, mentorship, and organizational partnerships, the LCBS community supports and augments members’ success both at school and on into their careers.
To date, nearly 300 students from 30 countries have received the Laidlaw Scholarship and joined the global Laidlaw Scholars network.
ABOUT COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL
CBS is the only Ivy League business school that delivers a world-class learning experience at the very center of global business. The School’s transformative curriculum bridges academic theory with unparalleled exposure to real-world practice, equipping students with an entrepreneurial mindset that allows them to recognize, generate, and capture opportunity in any environment. The School creates an inclusive culture and educational opportunities that prepare graduates to be leaders and allies throughout their careers and in their personal lives. By nurturing and disseminating the thought leadership and accomplishments of its superlative faculty and distinguished alumni, Columbia Business School continues to have an immediate, measurable impact on the forces shaping business every day.
HOW TO APPLY
Outstanding women who can demonstrate economic need, exceptional academic merit and true leadership potential should apply directly to either Saïd Business School or London Business School. We no longer accept scholarship applications to Columbia Business School.
Please note that you must apply for your intended programme and be granted admission separately to the scholarship application.
Technology and globalisation have changed the way we live and work. Tomorrow’s leaders need to be cross culturally aware and astute; as comfortable in London and New York as in Hong Kong or Rwanda.
The rich cultural diversity of the students on the Laidlaw Scholarship programmes gives members a world of networking opportunities – meeting and collaborating, both virtually and in person, with students and supervisors from universities as far apart as St. Andrews, Oxford, Boston and Singapore.
As our scholars and alumni interact with each other, exchanging ideas, sharing problems and suggesting solutions; our aim is to facilitate a network of ambitious, brave, curious and smart young people who can support each other as they become the next generation of leaders and committed global citizens.
Because to be a global citizen categorically does not mean being a citizen of nowhere. We reject this as dangerous, and errant nonsense. It means that humanity has global responsibilities, obligations and of course shared interests. We are better when we experience other cultures and norms. We are better when we open ourselves up to learn new things. It is when we think we have all the answers in our own closed space, and experience, that we limit what we are able to achieve.
The Laidlaw Foundation encourages networking through global research teams, cross university leadership training and small group work, leadership-in-action expeditions made up of scholars from different universities around the world and through our on-line expert network: laidlawscholars.network
This social utility tool enables undergraduate scholars, business school scholars, the faculty and partners who support them, and Laidlaw alumni to share their expertise, meet ambitious peers, collaborate on research projects, mentor their successors and inspire change for a better present.