Carnegie PhD Scholarships for First Class Students in Scotland



The Carnegie Trust in Scotland invites application for its Carnegie PhD Scholarships for First Class Students in Scotland. This PhD scholarships for International students to be held at a Scottish university for 2018/2019 Academic Session.

As long the potential candidate holds a First Class undergraduate Honours degree from a Scottish University, there are no restrictions as to nationality or residency for the PhD scholarships in Scotland.

Each year, the Trust offers a number of Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. at a university in Scotland.


PhD scholarships for International students in Scotland

The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland was created by Andrew Carnegie on 7 June 1901 and was incorporated by Royal Charter on 21 August 1902. The Trust was funded by a gift of US$10 million – a then unprecedented sum, yielding over £100,000 per year at a time when the total government assistance to all four Scottish universities was only about £50,000 a year.

What you Need to Know About Carnegie PhD Scholarships 

Level/Field of Study:

The Scholarship is dsigned for Students pursuing their PhD studies in any field of study  in Scotland

Host Nationality:

The Scholarship is hosted Scotland

Eligible Nationality:

The Scholarship is designed for international Students.

Scholarship Benefits:

  • The annual value of a Scholarship was £16,200 for the academic year 2017-2018 and normally rises in line with awards funded by Research Councils.
  • Payment of the Scholarship stipend is made monthly, in advance, normally starting on 1st October.
  • In addition, the Trust will cover tuition fees at the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Indicative Fee Level for the relevant academic year (universities are expected to waive any outstanding balance).

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  • The Trust will support the Scholars with expenses incurred in connection with their study or research up to £3,000 during the tenure of the Ph.D. Scholarship. Scholars can apply for this funding using a research allowance form, which will be emailed to them in advance.
  • Scholars may retain in any one year, without deduction:
    up to a maximum of £3,000 derived from bursaries, scholarships or prizes b. up to a maximum of £3,500 derived from fees from teaching and demonstrating.
  • A total of 16 scholarships are available for doctoral studies starting in 2018-19.


  • A First-Class Honours degree from a Scottish university is a pre-requisite for consideration for Scholarships. This First Class Honours degree must be in a subject related to the field of the proposed doctoral studies. Alongside existing graduates, final year undergraduate students expecting to achieve a First-Class Honours degree are also eligible for nomination. Please note that no exemptions are made to this requirement and nominations for students who do not hold a First Class Undergraduate Honours degree will not be accepted, except in faculties which do not award Honours, e.g. Medicine, where the equivalent standard will be expected Where an award is made in advance of graduation, it will be conditional on obtaining a First Class Honours degree.
  • A student who has already commenced study for a research degree (MPhil, PhD or equivalent) is not eligible.
  • The candidate must be nominated by the prospective supervisor of the PhD project and can only be submitted for consideration for a Carnegie or Caledonian PhD Scholarship by one Scottish university.

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  • The number of submissions per Scottish university is subject to a quota (announced annually by the Trust). Each university must select its preferred candidates, according to its quota, in sufficient time to permit submission of the online application and endorsement forms ahead of the Trust’s deadline. The current quota for nominations is available in the appendix to these Regulations.
  • The university selected candidates must register their details on the Trust’s online application system and complete an online application form. The application portal will open 4 weeks before the closing date for submissions and will be made available to the selected candidates by the administrator in charge of the selection process for the scholarships at their university. The name of the university contact is listed in the regulations for the scheme and applicant guide downloadable under the Guidelines and Regulations tab.
  • Ahead of the submission deadline, the PhD candidate’s application must be endorsed online by their prospective supervisor. As part of the nomination process, the prospective supervisor must also upload an Institutional Statement of Support completed by a senior academic in the relevant Departmental/School: Head, Deputy Head, Research Director, Postgraduate Studies Director or Dean. The institutional statement of support must also include the signature of a university representative who can confirm the nominee is one of its chosen candidates. The form is available from the university contact listed in the appendix to the Regulations and under the Guidelines and Regulations tab.
  • The full online application and endorsement by the prospective supervisor for the selected candidates must be completed and submitted online to the Trust by February 2019. The awards are announced by the end of May each year.
  • Nominators and Nominees are under an obligation to inform the Trust without delay of any changes to the circumstances of the Nominee, including any awards received and/or examination results obtained after the nomination has been submitted.

How to Apply

  • The full online application and endorsement by the prospective supervisor for the selected candidates must be completed and submitted online to the Trust .
  • Nominations for the candidates selected by each university must be submitted online to the trust by February 2019, (British Standard Time) for PhD projects starting in the academic year 2018-19.

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