St Andrews Society of New York Scholarships

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This merit-based Scholarship promotes postgraduate exchanges between American and Scottish universities in any field of study.

 

Each year, the St Andrew’s Society for the State of New York awards two scholarships to Scottish students wishing to study for a postgraduate Masters in the United States.

The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland administers this scholarship programme for students in the UK who wish to apply for graduate study in the United States. Successful candidates are expected to be the highest caliber, both academically and in their wider personal interests.

Key Facts

Career stage:Taught Postgraduate Master’s
Host organisation:A university in the United States within a radius of 250 miles from New York City, or within the area of Washington DC
Scholarship value:Up to $35,000 in support of tuition, maintenance and travel
Number of awards:2 each year
Length of award:1 year
Next deadline:16th March 2020 for PG Master’s starting in August 2020
  • Candidates must be Scottish by birth or descent, and have up-do-date knowledge of Scotland, Scottish current affairs and of the Scottish tradition generally. The Society expects its scholars to be good ambassadors for Scotland.
  • Candidates must also be:
    • either graduates of a Scottish university, Glasgow School of Art, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, or of Oxford or Cambridge, who have completed their first degree course (so as to be qualified to graduate) not earlier than 2019.
    • Or students of a Scottish university, Glasgow School of Art, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, or of Oxford or Cambridge, who expect to complete their first degree course (so as to be qualified to graduate) in 2020.
  • Preference is given to candidates who have no previous, or limited, experience of the United States and for whom a period of study in that country may provide a life-changing experience.
  • The Scholarship is tenable from August 2020 to May 2021 at a university in the United States within a radius of 250 miles from New York City, or within the area of Washington DC.
  • Where a student cannot find a course for his/her special subject of study within the geographical area indicated above, the Society will consider allowing the Scholarship to be held at another university in the United States.

For the academic year 2020-2021, the Saint Andrew’s Society of New York is offering two Scholarships to enable Scottish graduates to study for a year in the United States. Each Scholarship will have a maximum value of $35,000, to be applied in the first instance to payment of tuition fees.

The Selection Committee has discretion to allow the grant to be applied wholly or mainly towards the cost of travel or accommodation, if they are satisfied that tuition fees will be paid (or waived) by the host university or by another grant-giving body.

There is no formal means test, but account will be taken of any other scholarship, bursary, grant or waiver of fees awarded in connection with the candidate’s proposed course of study in the United States.

It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that they have fully researched the total likely cost of studying in their chosen university, as well as the cost of travel and accommodation. Neither the Society nor the Carnegie Trust can offer further financial assistance beyond the amount of the Scholarship.

Application forms can be obtained from the appropriate contacts in each of the universities listed in the full particulars (see Downloadable documents).

Candidates apply directly to the university where they are studying in Scotland, Cambridge or Oxford. Under no circumstances should candidates apply directly to the trust.

Two references are required as part of the application.

Candidates will be informed by 1st April 2020 whether they have been selected for interview. Interviews will be held in April-May 2020.

Full particulars

Contact list for officers in eligible Scottish institutions, Oxford and Cambridge

  • Candidates are strongly advised to apply to more than one university. In previous years highly qualified candidates have failed to gain a place at the university of their choice, and have then found it difficult or impossible to find a place elsewhere.
  • The Society will invite the St Andrew’s scholars to its annual Saint Andrew’s Day Banquet (typically on the Friday evening before Thanksgiving) and annual Tartan Ball in the spring, which are both held in New York City.
  • The St Andrew’s Society Scholarships is tenable with other awards from different sources. Check the links below for details of other schemes or contact your US host organisation to inquire about scholarship opportunities:

Funding for US Study

Scottish International Education Trust

US-UK Fulbright Commission

Kennedy Memorial Trust Scholarships

Frank Knox Fellowships

Thouron Award (University of Pennsylvania)

Award Timeline

16 March 2020Applications submitted to the Trust
Second half of April 2020Interview with shortlisted candidates
mid-May 2020Applicants notified of outcome

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