Do you have a research idea that fits under the In Parenthesis research umbrella? Want to do some primary research in the newly acquired Mary Midgley Archive at Durham Special Collections? Are you interested in material and structural conditions that affect the participation of women in higher education at large? Or are you keen to develop your academic interest in any one of the four women philosophers at the heart of the project? If so, and you are a Durham undergraduate, you may be eligible to apply for a Laidlaw Scholarship! Scholarships will be advertised to all Durham UGs on 8th December – keep an eye on your inbox!

In brief:

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Scholarship Programme in Research and Leadership (sponsored by Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay) is an exciting opportunity for students to engage in two six week periods ofresearch, at the end of the first and second years of study, supervised by academic staff at Durham University. Research may be within a single discipline or be mulit-disciplinary and may contain an international element, depending on the project.

Laidlaw Scholars will also have the opportunity to develop the skills and values needed to become leaders in their chosen occupations, beyond University, through bespoke leadership training sessions. The overall programme will also provide opportunities for interaction between Laidlaw Scholars in different universities.

This programme which will support 25 students per year began in June 2017. The opportunity to apply for these scholarships will be offered to all undergraduate students in year 1 of a three-year programme or year 2 of a four year programme and aims to attract the brightest and best students who are likely to become leaders in their fields and respected future alumni. Students will receive a total of £6,000 over the two-year period of their scholarship with research funds of up to £1,500 available to cover research or travel costs. Laidlaw Scholars will be expected to contribute to Departmental, College or University activities in their second and third years of study.