Laidlaw Scholarship 2020 – Apply now!

Applications to the Laidlaw Scholarship 2020 are now open!

The Laidlaw Scholarship Programme aims to develop a new generation of researchers by uniquely funding a research experience for undergraduates studying at the University of Leeds. Apply to be part of the Changing the Story team and carry out your own youth focused research over two summers (6 weeks in 2020 and 6 weeks in 2021).

Research Project Summary

While our projects have all been youth led, our work to date has largely focussed on the ways in which the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) engage young people and how we can impact their organisational practice. In this project we wish to shift the focus more squarely onto the young people we have been engaging with, to better understand how they view themselves as youth leaders, as well as acknowledging the growing number of CSOs that have been founded by young people themselves.

In the process we plan to put together an international ‘Youth Leadership Board’ who will be able to feed into Changing the Story’s overall project evaluation and dissemination strategy. Over two summers you will carry out interviews with some of the young people who have engaged with the project, helping to co-produce with them a ‘youth leadership tool kit’. You will also help to develop our projects’ youth-engagement and evaluation strategy, and lead on the organisation of a ‘youth activity programme’ for Changing the Story’s final conference in October 2021.

Personal Specification:

This project would particularly suit a student keen to work with young people in development contexts. It will help them to develop action-research skills, particularly the skills required to develop high quality research through a process of ‘co-production’, working in partnership with young people. They will be self-motivated, outward looking, able to work independently and to a high standard. They should be very organised, have a good attention to detail and be able to (or to learn to) present research findings clearly and concisely; and to have, or have the potential to develop, excellent communication skills (in verbal and written form). A commitment to the ethics and values of Changing the Story is essential.


All undergraduate students in year 1 of a three year programme or year 2 of a four year programme are eligible to apply. There are no restrictions on discipline/department, college, nationality or fee status.

How to apply:

Students can apply through MyCareer. A direct link to the application site can be found here.

Read the brochure for more information about the Scholarship Programme.

Student applications will close at 23:59 on February 28th 2020

More information about key dates in the application process can be found here.

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