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 2021.
  • on track to achieve a 2:1 or higher;
  • have never held a Carnegie Vacation Scholarship.

Who can’t apply

You are not eligible for this award if:

  • you are only studying for part of your degree in Scotland. For example, if you are an exchange student studying in Scotland.
  • about to graduate in summer 2021
  • held a Vacation Scholarship in the past
  • your migration status does not entitle you to work in the UK.

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

Eligible countries/regions

  • Scotland

Eligible programmes


The scholarship includes a weekly stipend which will be the equivalent of the current Scottish Living Wage rate (£9.50 per hour in 2021).

The Scholarships is intended to cover your living and accommodation costs while conducting the research.

The stipend will be paid to you by your university at regular intervals during the scholarship.

NOTE: There is no additional funding for consumables, equipment, overheads etc. Host organisations are responsible for ensuring the student has access to all the necessary equipment and consumables to undertake their project.

How to apply

Please see the Carnegie Website for information on eligibility and how to apply: 

Deadline: 31 January 2021.

For more information contact: