Carnegie/Caledonian PhD Scholarships

The Scholarship is closed for this year. We will publish details of the next round in due course. 

The Carnegie Trust is funding 16 PhD scholarships across all universities within Scotland. The University of Glasgow has been allocated 7 nominations (out of 60 allowed in total across all Scottish HEIs).

In additional to the University of Glasgow internal shortlisting process outlined below, potential applicants and their nominating supervisor should familiarise themselves with the formal application process that the Carnegie Trust will require  shortlisted candidates to complete and ensure that they have all the required additional documentation ready in good time - The Carnegie Trust application process.

Scholarship Financial Support

  • a stipend payable for 36 months in the region of £16,800
  • fees at home rate (the difference in fee rate for international students will be covered by the University)
  • up to £3000 towards certain research costs


  • A strong 1st Class Honours undergraduate degree from a Scottish university is a pre-requisite for consideration for the scholarship.
  • The candidate should have an outstanding first class result for their dissertation or equivalent project (A1-A3).
  • Candidates should meet the academic entry requirements for their discipline. In most cases this will require a postgraduate qualification. Shortlisted candidates who are still in the process of completing their postgraduate degree, should seek a letter from their School confirming their course marks to date and their expect degree award.

As a guide for UofG students from the College of Science and Engineering we would be looking for a Honours GPA in the region of 21/22. For the Colleges of Arts, Social Science and MVLS we require a GPA of around 20. 

The absence of a First Class Honours degree from a Scottish university cannot be compensated for by a postgraduate Masters undertaken in Scotland.

  • Final year students of a Scottish university who expect to achieve a strong 1st Class Honours degree are eligible for nomination but will be withdrawn from the competition is they do not achieve a strong First. 
  • Non-UK/EU domiciled students with a First-Class Honours undergraduate degree from a Scottish university are eligible to be nominated for a Scholarship, but the Trust will only cover the costs of equivalent home fees. The University is expected to waive the outstanding balance for overseas tuition fees.

The prospective supervisor of an international student should verify with the relevant Graduate School that they are willing to waive additional fees.

University of Glasgow Shortlisting Process

*Applicants should ensure that their application is with their supervisor in good time to allow them to complete their statement by the deadline.*

  • The GPA Checker‌ should be combined with undergraduate/postgraduate transcripts in a single PDF document using the file name “Carnegie – Student First name Surname” and sent to  Please only submit relevant pages from transcripts which detail courses taken and results.  
After Internal Shortlisting

You will be notified if your nomination has been chosen to be forwarded to The Carnegie Trust usually within 3 weeks of the application deadline.

Successful nominations will require a Statement of Institutional Support form to be completed by their Head of School/Director of Research Institute where the research will be undertaken. This form will be forwarded to all successful potential supervisors along with instructions of how the application should be submitted to The Carnegie Trust.