The Laidlaw Undergraduate Leadership and Research Scholarship Programme

The Georgetown University Center for Research and Fellowships is excited to announce its partnership with the Laidlaw Foundation!

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

[To receive Zoom links and reminders for these events, please email and ask to be requested to the Laidlaw listserv. The information will be distributed there as it becomes available, as will recordings of the workshops once completed.]

Laidlaw Drop-Ins 

Join us on Zoom to learn more about the Laidlaw program, get your questions answered, and go over individual concerns regarding the program.

  • Monday, November 22, from 11:00a – 12:00p ET.
  • Friday, December 3rd, from 11:00a – 12:00p ET.
  • Friday, December 10th, from 12:00p – 1:00p ET.
  • Friday, December 17th, from 12:00p – 1:00p ET.


  • Getting Started with Research: Friday, January 14, 3:00p – 4:00p
  • The Literature Review: Friday, January 21, 12:00p – 1:00p
  • Formulating Your Research Question: Friday, January 28, 3:00p – 4:00p
  • Research Design & Disciplinary Methods: Friday, February 4, 12:00p – 1:00p
  • Finalizing Your Proposal: Peer Review Workshop: Friday, February 18, 3:00p – 4:00p

Who are Laidlaw Scholars?

The Laidlaw foundation partners with twelve world-leading universities, including Columbia University and University College London, to select 25 outstanding undergraduates at each institution annually for the Laidlaw Undergraduate Leadership and Research Scholarship.

To date, over a thousand scholars have completed the programme.

What does an ideal candidate look like?

Talented and motivated students who are eager to conduct meaningful research in their academic area of interest. The following areas of interest are eligible: Arts and Humanities, STEM, Social Sciences, Medicine and Health. The Laidlaw leadership development program aims to provide training for the selected scholars so they can become leaders in their respective fields.

What does the scholarship include?

  • An independent 6-week research project in the first summer after receiving the scholarship.
  • Leadership development training between the first and second summer.
  • A 6-week Leadership-in-Action experience in the second summer after receiving the scholarship.
  • Global networking through the online community network, Laidlaw Scholars Network.

What is the Leadership-in-Action component of the Laidlaw Scholars program?

Scholars design their own project in which they are able to practice their leadership skills in the field that they have chosen to pursue. The project must have a defined objective. The project must also involve working with a disadvantaged group or community, or people otherwise suffering hardship or terminal illness. For this, many scholars opt to work in an NGO.

Learn more about this amazing opportunity for Georgetown scholars by watching the recording of our November 10th Info Session

Application details are forthcoming. To stay up to date on all information concerning the Laidlaw program, contact to be added to the listserv.