On Monday 19th March, Jonathan Triffitt, PhD Scholar in History at the University of St Andrews received the Robertson Medal for academic year 2017-18.

The silver medal is awarded each year to the Scholarship candidate judged to be the most outstanding for that year' competition. The medal was introduced in 2003 to mark the contribution of the retiring Chairman of the Trust, Sir Lewis Robertson, who served the Trust for over 40 years.

Due to industrial action at a number of universities, the deadline for the Research Incentive Grants has been extended to Wednesday 21st March 2018, 5pm. This is to enable the endorsement of applications by Heads of Department and Research Office staff. Incomplete applications that have not been endorsed by this new deadline will not be accept.

We are currently recruiting new Trustees to oversee the continuing operation and development of the Trust. To help us advance our strategy and vision, we are looking for Trustees with an interest in Higher Education and Research and with a range of relevant expertise and experience. We also seek individuals with leadership experience who are representative of the diversity of the wider community and potential beneficiaries of the Trust. 

Sixty-three Early Career Researchers in the Scottish universities have been awarded Research Incentive Grants in the latest round of funding. The successful projects, covering topics ranging from cancer research, economics, wellbeing, to cinema and contemporary writing, received funding totalling £513,119.

On the 7th February 2018 we welcomed 35 new and continuing Carnegie PhD Scholars. The event, held at The Royal Society of Edinburgh, included poster sessions for first year Scholars and research presentations for continuing Carnegie Scholars. We were delighted to welcome back former Carnegie Scholar Dr Gillian Murray Dickson who talked about her experience since completing her PhD and her current role as a Conservation Geneticist at Edinburgh Zoo.

The Trust is now accepting applications for the next round of Research Incentive Grants. Submissions are open until the closing date of 15th March 2018 at 5pm. The purpose of the Research Incentive Grants (RIG) scheme is to make it possible for an Early Career Researcher to undertake, as the Principal Investigator, a short research project, 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. 

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