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Carnegie PhD Scholarships

Please note that all information for this scholarship was valid for 2017-2018 applications only. Information below is available for reference only. We’ll confirm scholarships for 2018-2019 applicants from September 2018 onwards.

  • Deadline: Not currently accepting applications

Background information

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.

Each year, the Trust offers a number of PhD scholarships to support 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.

All academic fields are applicable. The scholarships are offered to academically outstanding candidates intending to study on a PhD programme at any University in Scotland.

  • The awards are tenable for three years and will not normally be made for a lesser period.  Part-time study is available.
  • The scholarships cover tuition fees, maintenance allowance, research and travel allowance.
  • Applicants must be graduates of a Scottish University with a First Class Honours degree.
  • Students in their final year of an undergraduate degree who are expected to obtain a First-Class Honours degree may apply, withdrawing if they fail to do so.
  • Applicants who are in receipt of a Government-funded Research Studentship, Research Council award or comparable scholarship will not be considered.
  • International students who hold a first class honours degree from a Scottish university are eligible to apply. The Carnegie Trust will only cover the cost of the equivalent fees for UK/EU students and universities are expected to waive the outstanding balance for international fees.

Eligibility and availability

The University of Stirling can submit 3 nominations in each academic year. Nominees from Stirling compete with nominees from other Scottish universities, and 16 awards will be offered from a total of 60 nominations. No university is guaranteed an award and allocations are limited to quotas specified to each university.

How do I apply?

Students and prospective supervisors must jointly submit the application form below to Stirling Graduate School ( by the deadline stated above for internal shortlisting.  Following shortlisting, nominated students will be required to complete an online application form on the Carnegie Trust website and submit relevant forms such as their research proposal and academic transcripts.  Supervisors will then upload further supporting documents, including an institutional letter of support.  The final deadline for submission to Carnegie will be the 28th of February.

Carnegie PhD Scholarship Application Form

Carnegie Scholarship Regulations

Further information is available here.

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