Laidlaw Leadership and Research Programme

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Laidlaw Leadership and Research Programme

Open to all first-year undergraduate students studying any subject.

Do you see yourself as a future leader? Are you passionate about research and putting your ideas into action?

Trinity Hall is pleased to be one of four colleges whose first-year undergraduate students are eligible to participate in a new programme: The Laidlaw Leadership and Research Programme funded by the Laidlaw Foundation.

Become a Laidlaw Scholar to develop your leadership skills, conduct a research project of your choice and apply your learning on the ground. Choose to be a force for good and make an impact.

About the programme

The Laidlaw Leadership and Research Programme invests in highly talented and motivated undergraduate students, giving them the knowledge, skills, and experience to become next-generation leaders and global citizens.

Scholars on the programme join an international network of diverse, passionate, and ethical leaders who are encouraged to use their skills through community engagement, helping and supporting others to succeed.

Over the course of the 18-month programme, Laidlaw Scholars:

  • develop leadership skills through a series of bespoke training workshops (the timing of these take account of your academic work and the eight-week terms).
  • grow intellectually by undertaking a six-week, supervised, summer research project of your own design.
  • join the community of Laidlaw Scholars both in Cambridge and across the world, building your network by collaborating with leaders in your field.
  • travel internationally and apply your skills in practice through a six week Leadership in Action project in your second summer vacation.
  • gain experience and strengthen your CV for future educational and career opportunities.


The programme funds 25 students annually across four Cambridge colleges, including up to six Scholars at Trinity Hall. Each Scholar is entitled to a generous stipend of £6,000 (£3,000 per summer) plus travel expenses for the Leadership in Action project. You will receive funding to attend the annual Laidlaw Conference where you can share your research and connect with Laidlaw Scholars from other universities. Laidlaw Scholars also receive the superb Leadership Training programme for free.

Find out more and apply for the Laidlaw Leadership and Research Programme.

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