Scholarships and Student Funding

Saint Andrew's Society of the State of New York Scholarship

The Saint Andrew's Society of the State of New York Scholarship funds one year of study in or near New York City.

Final year students about to complete a first degree before September 2024 or first time graduates (2023) of this University with a Scottish background are invited to apply.

Each institution is invited to nominate up to two candidates.

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

The value of the Scholarship Grant is $35,000, which is intended to cover the cost of university tuition fees in the first instance, but at the discretion of the Selection Committee may be applied wholly or mainly towards the cost of travel or accommodation, if they are satisfied that tuition fees will be paid (or waived) by the host university or by another grant-giving body. 

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

Any costs above this must be met by the successful student.


1. Applicants must be Scottish by birth or descent and will be expected to have current knowledge of Scotland and Scottish current affairs, and of the Scottish tradition generally. The Society expects its scholars to be good ambassadors for Scotland.

2. Applicants must also be:

  • either graduates of a Scottish university, or of Oxford or Cambridge, who have completed their first degree course (so as to be qualified to graduate) not earlier than 2022;
  • or students of a Scottish university, or of Oxford or Cambridge, who expect to complete their first degree course (so as to be qualified to graduate) in 2023.


The Scholarship will be tenable from August 2024 to May 2025 at a university in the state of New York, or within 250 miles of its boundary, or within the area of Washington DC.

Where a student cannot find a course for his/her special subject of study within the geographical area indicated above,the Society may consider allowing the Scholarship to be held at another university in the United States

Scholars are expected to send to the Society at least two informal reports, one in the first semester and the other in the second, addressing their personal and educational experiences during their time in the United States. Scholars are encouraged to submit their reports in the form of a blog-post so that the Society may share the scholars’ experiences with its members and on its website.


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 based on an all-around assessment, including character, experience academic achievement, and need.


Scholarship Update

Applications are now closed as the 15th March 2024 deadline has passed


Applicants should also arrange for references from two academic referees to be submitted by using the reference form below for each reference.

References must be received by the deadline of 15th March 2024 to Scholarships and Financial Support Team. 

Applications received without the appropriate references will not be considered.

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


Scholarships and Financial Support Team

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Candidates will be informed by end March 2024 whether they have been selected for interview. Interviews will take place in Mid-April 2024, via in-person or Zoom calls scheduled by the Society. Candidates will be informed whether they have been successful as soon as possible thereafter.

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