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Laidlaw Scholars Program at Cornell

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship Program promotes ethical leadership and international research around the world—starting with the passionate leaders and learners found on campuses like Cornell. 

The Einaudi Center administers the Laidlaw Scholars Program at Cornell, leveraging its faculty expertise and international partners to support student research and global networking. 

"This is an incredible opportunity for Cornell students to build a deep foundation in international research and area expertise with leadership skills finely honed to fulfill Cornell's grand mission of educating the next generation of global citizens."

-Rachel Beatty Riedl, Einaudi Center Director

The Program

In two years, Laidlaw Scholars become skilled researchers, embrace data-based decision-making, and learn to lead with integrity. The program has four major components:

Research Project

Laidlaw Scholar Presents Research

Leadership Training

Laidlaw Scholars Network at Conference


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Hear how Laidlaw Scholars across the globe have benefited from the program.

"I have always loved the idea of doing work internationally and allowing myself to explore and learn about people and cultures abroad. The Laidlaw Scholars Program gives me a chance to have an international impact in the interdisciplinary work that I hope to continue well into the future."

-Dana Oshiro, 2021 Laidlaw Scholar

Meet the Scholars

The inaugural cohort of Laidlaw Scholars at Cornell is made up of 24 first- and second-year students. This summer, they start their research projects on topics ranging from migration and big data to animal science, engineering, and communications. They've also begun their leadership training with the Office of Engagement Initiatives. Learn how to join the next cohort of Laidlaw Scholars

Laidlaw Facts

  • Laidlaw Scholars are at 12 universities across the globe, including Cornell, University of Leeds, National University of Singapore, and more.

  • Cornell will support three cohorts of Laidlaw Scholars through the program, funding approximately 75 undergraduate students in their research and leadership work.