Award Schemes

Fee Assistance

The scheme derives from the intention of the Trust Founder, Andrew Carnegie, “to render attendance at the Universities of Scotland and the enjoyment of their advantages more available to the deserving and qualified youth of Scotland to whom the payment of fees might act as a barrier”.

The scheme aims to support students who do not receive government funding towards the costs of their tuition fees and is not intended as a substitute to publicly funded schemes. Applicants must demonstrate that their financial circumstances will hinder access to their chosen course of study when making a request for funding to the Carnegie Trust. 


Vacation Scholarships

The Vacation Scholarship Scheme is intended for Scottish students undertaking an undergraduate degree course at a Scottish university, who have shown exceptional merit at university, and who would like to devote some portion of the long vacation to conduct independent research of direct benefit to their academic work.


Carnegie-Cameron Bursaries

Carnegie-Cameron Postgraduate Bursaries are awarded for the payment of tuition fees for one-year postgraduate Masters programme (or two years part-time) offered by a Scottish university.

The bursaries aim to enable students to enhance their employability in their chosen field, develop their specialist skills or supplement existing ones, thus bettering their career prospects.


Carnegie-Caledonian PhD Scholarships

This prestigious scheme supports a limited number of graduates, with first class Honours degrees from a Scottish university, who wish to pursue three years of postgraduate research leading to a PhD at a university in Scotland. There is no restriction on the subject or field. To be considered, candidates must be selected for nomination by a Scottish university.


St Andrew’s Society of New York Scholarships

The Trust administers the selection process for these Scholarships, which are awarded by the St Andrew’s Society for the State of New York.

Preference will be given to candidates who have no previous experience of the United States and for whom a period of study there can be expected to be a life-changing experience. Selection will be on the basis of an all-round assessment, including personality and academic achievement.


Peer Review Process

Following an extensive review of its funding policies, the Trustees of the Carnegie Trust have decided to introduce a Peer review process to support the selection of proposals.


Research Incentive Grants

Research Incentive Grants aim to support short research projects, either of a stand-alone nature or in the form of an initial study that could be expected to lead to a more extensive project.


Small Research Grants

Following a comprehensive review of its Research funding schemes, the Carnegie Trust has replaced the Small Research Grants with the Carnegie Research Incentive Grants.


Collaborative Research Grants

The Carnegie Collaborative Research Grants, up to a maximum of £50,000, support joint research projects that bring together academics from more than one Scottish university to develop new lines of study or advance significantly existing areas of expertise.


Carnegie Centenary Professorships

To mark the centenary of the founding of the Trust in 1901, the Executive Committee created a Centenary Fund and established a scheme of visiting professorships, intended to benefit not only the host universities but also the Scottish university community as a whole.


Managing a grant

This section explains the administrative and financial details relevant to managing one of the Carnegie Research grants once an award has been made.