Scholarships and Student Funding

Scotland Scholarship

Scholarship for Scotland domiciled students.

The Scotland Scholarships are available to assist Scotland domiciled students with living costs during their undergraduate study. This award reflects the University's commitment to widening access to Scotland domiciled students.

The Scotland Scholarship* provides the most generous support to Scotland-domiciled students. Scholarships of between £500 and £2,000 are being offered to Scotland domiciled undergraduate students.

Scholarships will be awarded to eligible students who begin their undergraduate degree in the 2017-2018 academic session and who are in receipt of a Young Students' Bursary (YSB) or an Independent Students' Bursary (ISB) from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

To complement your award you will also be invited to attend some exciting new sessions to help you make the most of your time at University and set you on the path to career success. These will include:

  • Hearing from graduate employers about how to succeed
  • Building confident communication skills
  • Developing your university/graduate CV and marketing your skills
  • Making the most of your time at university and gaining experience

Our sessions will be co-run with current students, so you can hear first-hand about the university experience, and employers, to help you learn more about how to have a positive and effective time at university.

Eligibility

  • Scotland domiciled
  • Living outside the City of Edinburgh at the time of application to the University
  • Eligible to receive a guaranteed offer of University accommodation
  • In receipt of a Young Students' Bursary or an Independent Students' Bursary

Applying

There is no application form for the Scotland Scholarship. The University will use the level of government bursary provided through the Young Students' Bursary or an Independent Students' Bursary when assessing your award entitlement.

To be automatically assessed for a Scotland Scholarship  in 2017-2018 you must apply to be financially assessed by SAAS and be awarded a YSB or ISB before 31 March 2018. Students who are not awarded a YSB or ISB by 31 March will not receive a Scotland Scholarship in that academic session.

You are guaranteed to receive an award for every year of your degree programme that you receive a YSB or ISB.

*Prior to the 2017-2018 academic session this award was known as the Scotland Accommodation Bursary.

For students entering in 2016
Government Bursary Level of Government Bursary Scotland Scholarship
Young Students' Bursary £1,875 £2,000
  £1,125 £1,000
  £500 £500
Independent Students' Bursary £875 £2,000

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am eligible to receive a Scotland Scholarship?

The scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate students who usually, at the time of application, live in Scotland. You should satisfy the eligibility criteria to receive a guaranteed offer of University accommodation. You should also be starting your undergraduate degree in the 2017-2018 session and be in receipt of a YSB or ISB.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

In order to be automatically assessed for a Scotland Scholarship you must apply to be financially assessed by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). When you make your application for student finance you must opt for means assessment.

When will I receive written confirmation of my scholarship?

An award notification, confirming the level of your Scotland Scholarship, will be issued as soon as we receive confirmation from SAAS that you have been awarded a YSB or ISB award.

When and how will my scholarship be paid?

If you are in University Accommodation the award will be paid directly to Accommodation Services. If you are in private accommodation we will pay the award in to your bank account. Payment will be made October and January.

I am going to be undertaking a second undergraduate degree. Am I eligible for a scholarship?

No. Second first degree students are not eligible for a Scotland scholarship.

If I have to repeat a year of study, will I be eligible to receive the scholarship?

If you are repeating a full year of study and SAAS award you a YSB or ISB then you will be eligible for a scholarship providing that you meet all the other eligibility criteria.

I am a continuing enrolled student - am I eligible for a scholarship?

If you started your degree prior to the 2013-2014 academic session then you will not be eligible to receive a scholarship as this scheme assists students who started their programme of study from the 2013-2014 session onwards.

I am going to be studying on the one year Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme. Am I eligible for the scholarship?

While you will be eligible to apply to SAAS for student finance support, you will not be eligible for the Scotland Scholarship as the PGDE is a postgraduate diploma qualification. The Scotland Scholarship is only available to eligible undergraduate programmes.

I plan to live at home with my parents during my studies. Am I eligible for the scholarship?

Yes. Students living at home with a parent or guardian are eligible for this award provided they meet the other criteria.

I plan to live in private accommodation during my studies. Am I eligible for the scholarship?

Yes. Students living in private accommodation are eligible for this award provided they meet the other criteria.

SAAS re-assessed me in April and subsequently awarded me a bursary. Can I also get the Scotland Scholarship?

Students who are awarded a YSB or ISB after 31 March cannot receive a Scotland Scholarship for that academic session. However, assuming their circumstances remain the same and they meet all other eligibility criteria, they would be eligible to receive a Scotland Scholarship in the following academic session.

Scholarships and Financial Support Team