Scholarships and Student Funding

The 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 of between £500 and £2,000 to Scotland-domiciled undergraduate students, with enhanced awards of £3,000 available to students who meet certain other criteria.  

Scholarships will be awarded to eligible students who are in receipt of either a Young Students' Bursary (YSB), an Independent Students' Bursary (ISB) or a Care Experienced Student Bursary (CESB) (from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

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, an Independent Students' Bursary, or a Care Experienced Student Bursary

 

Enhanced Scotland Scholarships (i.e. instead of the standard award) will be provided to students who begin their undergraduate degree in the 2018-2019 academic session and who are resident in an SIMD  20 postcode (including SIMD 20 postcodes within the City of Edinburgh), whose family income is in the lowest income band as confirmed by the Scottish Government, and to students in receipt of a Care Experienced Student Bursary. These higher level Scholarships have been funded jointly by the University and the generosity of alumni donors and other supporters.

For students studying in the 2017-2018 academic session (Government Bursary levels for 2018-2019 are still to be confirmed)
Government Bursary Level of Government Bursary Scotland Scholarship

Enhanced Scotland Scholarship for new students

Young Students' Bursary £1,875 £2,000 £3,000
Young Students' Bursary £1,125 £1,000  
Young Students' Bursary £500 £500  
Independent Students' Bursary £875 £2,000 £3,000
Care Experienced Student Bursary £7,625 £3,000  

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. All Care Experienced Student Bursary recipients will automatically qualify for the enhanced Scotland Scholarship.

To be automatically assessed for a Scotland Scholarship  in 2018-2019 you must apply to be financially assessed by SAAS and be awarded a YSB,  ISB or CESB before 31 March 2019. Students who are not awarded a YSB, ISB or CESB 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, ISB or CESB.

Other Support 

The Careers Service can help you make the most of your time at university and set you on the path of career success. Here is just a taster of what it is on offer:

  • Up to date information about career choice, employers and further study
  • Impartial careers advice and guidance to help you explore the options and work on your next steps
  • Support with every stage of the application and selection process, from CVs to practice interviews and assessment centres.
  • Access to employers from small, local start-ups to government bodies and big global companies.
  • A fantastic range of fairs, talks and events covering everything from the third sector to law, finance and creative industries.
  • An excellent vacancy and employer portal, MyCareerHub, with access to 1000s of opportunities across the year, including part time work, seasonal roles, internships and grad schemes.

The Robertson Trust

Successful scholars of a joint University of Edinburgh Scotland Scholarship/Robertson Trust Scholarship will also receive dedicated training and mentoring programme from the Robertson Trust devised to ensure scholars are able to maximise their potential at university and compete successfully for graduate level jobs.  Further information is available at: Journey to Success

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 be in receipt of a YSB, ISB or CESB.

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

In addition to being Scotland domiciled, being eligible to receive a guaranteed offer of University accommodation, and being in receipt of a Young Students' Bursary or an Independent Students' Bursary, you will be resident in an SIMD 20 postcode and your family income will have been confirmed by the Scottish Government as being in the lowest income band. Alternatively, you will be in receipt of a Care Experienced Student Bursary. You should be commencing your undergraduate degree from the 2017-2018 or 2018-2019 academic sesssion.

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, ISB or CESB 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, or living at home, we will pay the award in to your bank account. 

I am spending a year abroad.Am I eligible for the scholarship?

Yes, if you are spending a year off as part of your studies, you will be eligible for a scholarship providing that you meet all the other eligibility criteria.

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, ISB or CESB 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?

Yes, provided you meet the eligibility conditions.

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

No. Students who started their undergraduate degree prior to the 2017-2018 academic session are not eligible for an enhanced Scotland Scholarship. 

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 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

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