The prestigious Carnegie/Caledonian PhD Scholarship scheme supports a limited number of graduates, with first class Honours undergraduate 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.

The Trust also administers the Caledonian PhD Scholarships on behalf of the RSEScotland Foundation (RSESF). Up to two awards are made each year under the Caledonian Scholarship banner. The Scholarships are awarded and held under identical conditions as the Carnegie Scholarships and are under the charge and control of the Trustees of the RSESF, who retain the power to alter the rules and to change the purpose and destination of the Scholarships.

The number of nominations is subject to a quota. To be considered, prospective PhD students must be selected as candidates by one of the Scottish universities and have their nomination approved before their application pack is submitted to the Trust by their nominator. Up to 15 awards are available for candidates starting PhDs in academic year 2016-17.

Learn more about the scheme and on the nomination process.

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