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.
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.
The aim of the Expeditions Grant Scheme is to support the training of undergraduate students in research methods pertaining to field studies. Such field studies should be directed at the exploration of scientific aspects of specific locations so as to lead to new knowledge and must be under the supervision of qualified academic staff.
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.
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 nominated by a permanent member of staff of a Scottish university at the level of Professor, Reader or Lecturer.
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.
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.
Following a comprehensive review of its Research funding schemes, the Carnegie Trust has replaced the Small Research Grants with the Carnegie Research Incentive 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.
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.