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Announcements

  1. A briefing session will take place at 4-5pm, November 26. Please register by 5pm, November 25 at https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?ueid=72831.
  2. Students from the Faculty of Social Sciences can fulfil the 12-credit Global Citizenship graduation requirement upon successful completion of research projects hosted by the UK partner institutions (including virtual supervision).

The Laidlaw Scholars Programme

The Laidlaw Scholars Programme is made available to HKU students (HKU Laidlaw Scholars) by the generous funding support from Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay. As a prestigious scholarship programme embedded at the Universities of Leeds, Oxford, UCL, York, to name just a few, the Laidlaw Programme equips students with research and leadership skills to help them pursue their academic and professional aspirations beyond their current course of study.

To learn about the exciting stories of the Laidlaw Scholars within the Laidlaw Network, please visit https://laidlawfoundation.com/undergraduate-scholars/.

In 2020-21, the Programme will be open to all first and second year undergraduate students in any disciplines. A total of 25 scholarships will be offered to support the selected students’ engagements in the following three compulsory components:

  1. Research internship for 6 weeks during summer 2021
  2. Six days of leadership training
  3. An immersive leadership programme in/outside of Hong Kong
    Please note that some components of the programme may be moved to online mode due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Programme Details

Eligibility and Funding

Full-time undergraduate students in their first or second year of study are eligible to apply. The programme is not open to visiting students.

The scholarship shall be awarded on the basis of academic merit (normally with a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above) and demonstrated commitment to conducting a research attachment independently and the viability of the proposed research project.

The selection criteria are as follows:

  • Academic Assessment (50%)
    • Research proposal
      • Why the project is important
      • Outputs and outcomes
      • Impact i.e. benefits beyond the immediate academic community
      • Interdisciplinary aspects of the initiative and International dimension
  • Leadership Potential and Ambition (40%)
    • Motivations for applying
    • Career aspirations beyond their studies
    • Evidence of leadership/potential
    • Suitability as a scholar
  • Interview Performance (10%)

Successful applicants (HKU Laidlaw Scholars) will receive a stipend of up to $5,000 (overseas) per week for 6 weeks / $2,000 (local) per week for up to 8 weeks to facilitate their research attachment. Students may also claim up to a further $10,000 towards laboratory related expenses that cannot be covered by the host institution. A travel stipend of up to $15,000 will be provided to support the immersive leadership development programme and other travel.

The selected students will cover the expenses incurred from the leadership training and research attachment, which may include:

  • International airfare
  • Accommodation in the host country
  • Living expenses in the host country
  • Visa application fee
  • Health/travel insurance
  • Other fees charged by the host institution, if any

Key Dates

The entire programme will last for two academic years. All components listed below are compulsory.

*Please note that some components of the programme may be moved to online mode due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Choosing a Research Project

The programme enables scholars to develop, pursue and report on a research question, with a research supervisor, alongside a bespoke leadership development programme completed within two years. The research project should be clearly identified with objectives and the outputs appropriate to the duration and level of your study.

Applicants shall prepare a research proposal, preferably of an interdisciplinary nature, by following the guidelines below:

  • Identify a project of your choice and discuss the topic with your academic supervisor at HKU.
  • You may choose a self-initiated project or choose a project from the lists below.
  • At the time of application, students are NOT required to contact the potential host supervisors at UCL, St. Andrews and Leeds.
  • For HKU: You are free to approach professors inviting her/him to serve as your supervisor, or identify one from our project list.

***Upon receiving your application, HKU Horizons Office will serve as a coordinating office to match your proposal to a host supervisor by communicating with the responsible unit(s) at UCL, St. Andrews and Leeds.***

View project lists:

Application

Applications for the academic year 2020-21 will open on November 23, 2020 until noon, February 8, 2021.

Application Form

For enquiry, please contact us at laidlaw@hku.hk.

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