Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York Scholarship Fund

Particulars of Scholarships to be awarded for Academic Year 2020-2021

For the academic year 2020-21, the Society will offer Scholarships to the total value of $70,000 to enable Scottish graduates to study for a year in the United States. Up to two Scholarships will be offered of up to $35,000 each.

Preference will be given to candidates who have no previous experience of the United States and for whom a period of study there can be expected to be a life-changing experience. Selection will be on the basis of an all-round assessment, including character, experience and academic achievement.

The selection process is administered for the Society by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, who will convene the Selection Committee and make recommendations to the Society.


1.Candidates must be Scottish by birth or descent, and will be expected to have current knowledge of Scotlandand Scottish current affairs, and of the Scottish tradition generally. The Society expects its scholars to be goodambassadors for Scotland.
2.Candidates must also be:

either graduates of a Scottish university, or of Oxford or Cambridge, who have completed their first degreecourse (so as to be qualified to graduate) not earlier than 2019;
or students of a Scottish university, or of Oxford or Cambridge, who expect to complete their first degreecourse (so as to be qualified to graduate) in 2020.

The Grant

3.The monetary value of each Scholarship will be up to $35,000, to be applied in the first instance to paymentof tuition fees.

4.The Selection Committee has discretion to allow the grant to be applied wholly or mainly towards the cost oftravel or accommodation, if they are satisfied that tuition fees will be paid (or waived) by the host university orby another grant-giving body.

5.There is no formal means test, but account will be taken of any other scholarship, bursary, grant or waiver offees awarded in connection with the candidate’s proposed course of study in the United States.

6.It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that they have fully researched the total likely cost of studyingin their chosen university, as well as the cost of travel and accommodation. Neither the Society nor the CarnegieTrust can offer further financial assistance beyond the amount of the Scholarship.

7.Applicants are advised that, once an application has been accepted by an American university, a deposit willneed to be paid to the university to secure the place offered. The payment of the deposit may be requiredbefore the final outcome of the selection process for the St Andrew’s scholarships is known.

8.Information about other possible sources of funding can be found at


9.The Scholarship will be tenable from September 2020 to May 2021 at a university in the United States withina radius of 250 miles from New York City, or within the area of Washington DC.

10.Where a student cannot find a course for his/her special subject of study within the geographical areaindicated above, the Society may consider allowing the Scholarship to be held at another university in the UnitedStates.

11.Candidates are strongly advised to apply to more than one university. In previous years highly qualifiedcandidates have failed to gain a place at the university of their choice, and have then found it difficult orimpossible to find a place elsewhere.

Scholars’ involvement with the Society

12.The Society will invite its scholars to attend its annual Saint Andrew’s Day Banquet in New York City and thereception the Society holds during the New York Tartan Week in April.

13.Scholars are expected to send to the Society at least two informal written reports, one in the first semesterand the other in the second, addressing their personal and educational experiences during their time in theUnited States.

14.The scholars will be asked to stay in contact with the Society, so that they may continue to receiveinformation about the Society and Society events, and so that the Society may learn of their progress as theyadvance their careers.

Application Process

15. Closing date for University of Glasgow applications: Monday 6 January 2020. Please note that applicants must attend in person for interviews which will be held on the afternoon of Thursday 9 January 2020. Completed application forms should be marked for the attention of Laura McLaughlin, Senate Office, Main Building, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ or emailed to ( Applications should NOT be submitted to the Saint Andrew’s Society or to the Carnegie Trust.. 


17. Applications must be accompanied by references from two academic referees written on, or annexed to, the form entitled “Confidential Report by Referee”. The form must be signed and dated by the applicant and the referee.

18.Candidates will be informed by end March 2020 whether they have been selected for interview.


19.Interviews will take place in Edinburgh, probably in the second half of April 2020 (exact date to be confirmed). Candidates will be informed whether they have been successful as soon as possible thereafter.

First published: 28 November 2019