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Supporting the Laidlaw Scholars Programme

If you would like to support the Laidlaw Undergraduate Research & Leadership Programme, you can…

  • bring the programme to the attention of promising undergraduates who would benefit from a self-directed research project in a world-leading research environment and a structured programme of leadership training;
  • provide information to potential applicants about suitable host institutions (including Oxford);
  • provide contact details and/or make introductions to contacts in your network who may be interested in hosting a Laidlaw research project;
  • give guidance and advice to potential applicants about designing, writing and delivering a research proposal (see the Guidance Notes);
  • connect students who might fruitfully collaborate on an interdisciplinary initiative;
  • bring the programme to the attention of your colleagues, postdoctoral researchers and other staff members who have contact with undergraduate students.

Hosting a Laidlaw research placement

If you would like to host a Laidlaw research placement, you can…

  • reach out directly to undergraduate students to encourage potential proposals;
  • contact colleagues in related disciplines who supervise or have contact with undergraduate students.

Once you have confirmed a research placement, please complete the online statement of support below

You’re welcome to contact the Programme Administrator with any questions – please email

Information for faculty outside the University of Oxford

To find out more about the programme, see the Laidlaw Undergraduate Research & Leadership Programme webpage.

We encourage applicants to the Laidlaw Programme to seek placements at world-leading research institutes across the globe. Please note that students participating in the Laidlaw Programme cannot join existing research projects. You are encouraged, however, to correspond directly with potential applicants and to assist them in developing an original research proposal that benefits both the student and you as the host institution, drawing on the expertise, specialisms and unique resources of the host institution.

Once you have confirmed a research placement with a prospective applicant, please complete the online statement of support below.

You’re welcome to contact the Programme Administrator with any questions – please email

Supervisor's roles and responsibilities

When you agree to become a host supervisor for a Laidlaw Scholar, you’ll be asked to confirm that you have reviewed the applicant’s research proposal and that you agree to:

  • Provide the necessary resources to enable the scholar to carry out the research project as stated in the research proposal. This includes access to equipment, libraries and laboratories, relevant seminars and/or lectures.
  • Provide research-related advice and guidance to the scholar, monitor their progress, provide feedback and act as a mentor to the scholar while they are undertaking the research project.
  • Facilitate professional introductions and access to other researchers as appropriate in order to enable the scholar to carry out the research project successfully.
  • Not use for your own purposes any output, technique, methodology and/or other forms of intellectual property directly resulting from the scholar’s research project, unless the scholar has provided written permission to do so.
  • Not use the scholar as a contributor to any pre-existing projects at the host institution or connected institutions. This applies only to the period of the research project as agreed between you and the scholar.
  • Support the scholar to the best of your ability in order that they may complete the research project outlined in the research proposal, and not hinder or impede their work for any reason other than health and safety concerns.
  • Contact the Internship Office immediately if you have any concerns about the scholar’s progress or wellbeing during the period of the research project.

If you have any questions about these roles and responsibilities please don’t hesitate to contact the Programme Administrator at

Supervisor's statement of support

Please fill out the online statement of support form.

Many thanks – we rely on the generosity and support of our host supervisors, and are very grateful to you for your assistance.

This information was last updated on 02 October 2018.
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