Laidlaw Scholars Program

The Laidlaw Scholars Leadership and Research Program is an innovative scholarship which 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 Laidlaw Scholars Leadership and Research Program is a two-year scaffolded learning experience. Undergraduate students will be admitted into the program in the spring of their first or second years at Brown; conduct independent research in the first summer; take part in a yearlong leadership development training series between their first and second summer; and complete a leadership-in-action experience in their second summer (ideally building on insights from their research or related priorities identified with their faculty advisor). 


Laidlaw Scholars undertake an intensive and rewarding 18-month leadership development program which includes opportunities for funded research and leadership experiences over two summers, workshops and training from expert facilitators, personal coaching, and a range of learning resources. In their first summer, scholars will work under the direct mentorship of faculty research supervisors, who will help Scholars to design and conduct a substantive community-engaged research project that facilitates a meaningful intellectual relationship. 


Scholars must commit to completion of both 6-week summer experiences, as well as full participation in leadership development training and cohort activities.

Each Scholar’s project will result in an intellectual output that aligns with the interdisciplinary conventions of the project and/or the priorities of community partners for the project. These can include the production of a journal article, poster, presentation or talk, portfolio of work, or other.


Students, from all disciplines and backgrounds, in their first and second years at Brown are eligible to participate.


Applications for the 2023-2024 cohort will open in UFunds in December 2022 with a deadline in February 2023. Interviews will take place in the spring with final decisions being communicated by the end of March 2023.


For further information, please email [email protected].