Carnegie Trust Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship scheme


The Carnegie Vacation Scholarships aim to encourage undergraduates to develop their independent research skills. The Scheme is open to students enrolled on an undergraduate degree course at an eligible Scottish institution. Awards enable them to learn how to manage a research project and prepare for postgraduate study. Students often see their research results published in academic journals or reported in conference presentations. Each year, the Trust organises a poster competition for Vacation Scholarship recipients to allow them to meet and network with each other.

Student Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for this Scholarship scheme if you:

  • are an undergraduate student at one of the following institutions:
  • universities: Aberdeen, Abertay, Dundee, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier, Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian, Heriot-Watt, Highlands and Islands, Queen Margaret, Robert Gordon, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde, West of Scotland;

Glasgow School of Art; Royal Conservatoire of Scotland;

  • are enrolled at that institution for the full length of your degree, or transferred to that HEI after an HNC/HND from a Scottish college;
  • In the 3rd year of a 4 year degree, OR in the 3rd or 4th year of a 5 year degree (part-time students must be at an equivalent stage), OR in the 2nd year of a 3 year degree (for example Nursing, BA Acting/Ballet etc.)
  • are entitled to live and work in the UK. Students with Limited Leave to Remain, Pre-settled or Settled Status, or students on a Tier 4 Visa, must be able to prove that they are eligible to work full-time in the UK in the period between May and August 2022.
  • on track to achieve a 2:1 or higher;
  • have never held a Carnegie Vacation Scholarship

Note: If you are unsure about your eligibility, contact the Trust.

Number of Scholarships

Between 80-110 awards made each year

Eligible countries/regions

  • Scotland

Eligible programmes


Stipend based on Scottish Living Wage, for 35 hours per week

How to apply

Apply on the Trust’s website: Before you apply, go through the eligibility checker to make sure you are eligible. Based on your answers, if you appear to be eligible the link to the online application portal will appear. The online application form opens approximately 8 weeks before the closing date (Early December 2021-31st January 2022).

We recommend reading the regulations and guidelines thoroughly and discussing your project in detail with your supervisor before applying.

After you submit your application, an email will be sent to your supervisor with a request for them to complete the rest of the application and write a reference on your behalf. Your supervisor will then submit the application in full to the Trust.

You will receive a confirmation email when you submit your application and when your supervisor completes their part of the process. The Guide for applicants under Downloadable documents explains the application process in full detail.

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