Established in 1901 under a Trust Deed signed by Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland aims to provide “funds for improving and extending the opportunities for scientific study and research in the Universities of Scotland”.

For over a century, the Trust has funded student fees, scholarships, bursaries and research grants. It operates across all academic disciplines to encourage wider access to higher education and further research in the Scottish universities.

With annual funding of around £2.5 million, the Trust is one of the largest educational grant giving charities in Scotland. 

The Carnegie Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees and an Executive Committee whose role is to ensure strategic objectives remain faithful to the wishes of the Trust’s founder. The work of the Trustees is supported by 5 permanent members of staff.