Scholarships and Student Funding

Carnegie PhD Scholarships

The Carnegie Trust offers a number of scholarships each year to academically excellent candidates who are intending to study on a PhD programme at any University in Scotland, as well as the Caledonian Research Foundation Scholarships


The scholarships cover tuition fees, a maintenance allowance and a research expenses allowance. The awards are tenable for three years for full-time study and up to six years for part-time study.  The tenure period may be extended to a maximum of 42 months (or 84 months for part-time students), but only when a case for such an extension has been made at the time of nomination and approved by the Trust as part of the award.

Any subject area will be considered for Carnegie PhD Scholarships. In addition, Caledonian Research Foundation (CRF) Scholarships, which are awarded and held under identical conditions as the Carnegie PhD Scholarships, will be offered for 2019-2020 - one CRF scholarship is usually awarded for study in the Life Sciences and another in Arts and Humanities.

The Carnegie Trust hopes to fund a minimum of 16 scholarships (across all the Scottish Universities)  for doctoral studies starting in 2019-2020.

Only one application is required for consideration for one or more of the above scholarships.


Applicants must hold a First Class Honours undergraduate degree from an eligible Scottish University. Students in their final year of an undergraduate degree who are expected to obtain a First-Class Honours degree may also apply,  but they will be required to withdraw from the competition if they fail to graduate with a First.  Please note that no exemptions are made to this requirement except in faculties which do not award Honours e.g. Medicine, where the equivalent standard will be expected.

Applicants who are in receipt of a Government-funded Research Studentship, Research Council award or comparable scholarship will not be considered.

Applicants for the scholarship must have applied formally for admission to a PhD programme of study commencing in September or October 2019 at the University of Edinburgh, must have identified a potential supervisor and also made a scholarship application, all by the University's internal closing date of 28th January 2019 (see section on Applying).  If an applicant is selected for nomination to the Carnegie Trust the supervisor will be required to complete a section in the Carnegie Trust application portal (see Notification and next steps paragraph below).

Applicants may only be nominated by one University.


Applications for this award are no longer being accepted as the 28th January deadline for the internal selection process has now passed.

Notification and next steps

All applicants will be informed whether or not they are being nominated to the Trust by 28 February 2019.

Nominated applicants will be provided with access to the Carnegie Trust's application portal mid-February and must complete the online application process by 5pm on 28 February 2019, which includes seeking the endorsement of their prospective supervisor.  In addition the prospective supervisor must upload an Institutional Statement of Support completed by a senior academic in the relevant School, also by 5pm on 28 February 2019.  The Institutional Statement of Support must include the signature of Student Systems and Administration Director, Lisa Dawson, who will confirm the nominee is one of the University's chosen candidates.

Nominated applicants should refer to the application template, guidance and Statement of Institutional Support below for information on the application process.




The Carnegie Trust will make the final decisions and nominated applicants will be informed of the outcome by the end of May 2019.

The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

Contact details



Administrative Manager
Andrew Carnegie House

Dunfermline, Fife
Post Code
KY12 8AW