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  1. Applications for 2019-20 are now accepted until 5pm, February 7, 2020.
  2. Project lists from HKU, University College London and University of York are now available.
  3. The HKU Laidlaw Scholars project list for 2017-18 and 2018-19 can be viewed here.
  4. [Updates] The list of projects from St. Andrews is now available at https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/involve/laidlaw/applications/pre-definedprojects/available2020projects/.
  5. [Updates] A briefing session will take place at 4pm, January 23. Please register by 5pm, January 21 at https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?ueid=68576.
  6. [Updates] 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.

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 2019-20, the Programme will be open to all undergraduate students in any disciplines. A total of 25 scholarships will be offered to support the selected students’ engagements in:

  1. a leadership training led by Common Purpose
  2. research internship for 8-10 weeks during summer (2020) and winter (2020-2021) breaks in HKU, University College London, University of York, the University of Leeds and the University of St. Andrews.

Programme Details

Eligibility and Funding

Full-time undergraduate students in their second or third 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 free registration for their participation in the Common Purpose Leadership Development Programme, and a stipend of up to $5,000 (overseas) / $2,000 (local) per week for 8 to 10 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 $10,000 will be provided to support the 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

Before submitting an application, please ensure that you will be available to attend all leadership training components components and the entire summer and winter research periods.

Month Process
November 28, 2019 Application
February 7, 2020 (5pm) Application deadline
Mid-February 2020 Interviews
End of February 2020 Notification of application results
May 26-27, 2020 Official launch of leadership development workshop
Early June 2020 10-hour online module on leadership development
June 1-26, 2020 4-week overseas leadership development programme programme in Manila/Phnom Penh/Shanghai (https://tl.hku.hk/horizons/overview/ldp/)
July – August 2020 Summer research project in host institution for 6 weeks*
September 2020 Formulating and developing research report
October 2020 One-day leadership development event for reflection and experience sharing
December 2020 – January 2021 Finalizing research project in host institution for 2-4 weeks*
February 2021 Submission of report

*Students will be required to spend a total of 8 to 10 weeks in the host institution(s) for two research periods locally or in an overseas institution.

Choosing a Research Project

The programme will cover one summer and one winter research period, enabling scholars to develop, pursue and report on a research question, with a research supervisor, alongside a bespoke leadership development programme completed within the same period. The research project should be clearly identified with objectives and the outputs appropriate to the duration and level of your study. The research will be finalized with a report by the end of the winter research period in the host institution or HKU.

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, which will be accepted by HKU and Leeds.
  • Alternatively, you may choose a project from the lists provided by HKU, UCL, York and St. Andrews.

Click here to view the project list

For UCL, only projects listed in the excel are applicable to HKU students. For details on the project description, please visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/laidlaw-scholarships/projects.
The list of projects from St. Andrews is now available at https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/involve/laidlaw/applications/pre-definedprojects/available2020projects/.

*At the time of application, students are NOT required to contact the potential host supervisors at UCL, St. Andrews, Leeds and York.*

**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, Leeds and York.***


Application for the academic year 2019-20 is now accepted until 5 pm, February 7, 2020.

A separate application to the Common Purpose Leadership Development Programme shall be submitted at https://goglobal.hku.hk/outgoing/s/ldp2020/.

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

Application form & UCL Application Form

Note: Students applying to a UCL project please complete both forms.

Past Scholar Projects can be viewed at https://tl.hku.hk/horizons/overview/laidlaw-awardees/.

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