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, incorporated by Royal Charter on 21st August 1902 is governed by a Board of Trustees and an Executive Committee.

Our history

The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland is the first of the four Trusts Andrew Carnegie established in the United Kingdom. It was created by a Trust Deed which he signed on 7 June 1901, and was incorporated by Royal Charter on 21 August 1902.

What we do

Andrew Carnegie’s original intentions remain at the heart of our work: to enrich the scholarly capability of Scotland’s Universities and to help those of limited means to benefit from higher education.

Trustees' Reports

Each year, the Carnegie Trust publishes details of the projects funded through its various grant schemes.

Our values

The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland recognises the following values to which it expects all Staff and Trustees to adhere.