Scholarships, Bursaries, Awards and Discretionary Funds

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During your studies with us there are many scholarships, bursaries, awards and discretionary funds available to you to during the academic year. You can view all of our current funding using the A-Z of funding below or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you.

You can also find out more information on our Funding section, and the Student Information Scotland website for Scottish funding for education, and things like budgeting and additional support. If you're concerned about managing your finances over the summer period, they also have a specific section on Summer Support which includes information on benefits entitlement and housing costs if you are care experienced.

If you are aware of a fund or scholarship which is not listed here, please send us a message.

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Name Description Deadline
Future Leaders Fund The Future Leaders Fund is supported by Fred. Olsen Seawind and Vattenfall to offer two bursaries for students studying either of the following courses HNC Civil Engineering, HNC Electrical Engineering and HNC Engineering Systems. Friday 26th August 2022 at 5pm Internal Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Undergraduate Energy, engineering and construction EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Future Leaders Fund
Barns-Graham Travel Scholarship This is an annual scholarship worth £1,500 awarded to a BA Hons Fine Art student, or a BA Hons Fine Art graduate (within one year of graduation). The funds are to be used for specific project research that requires travel abroad. 31st October each year Internal Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Undergraduate Creative industries Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Barns-Graham Travel Scholarship
Barns-Graham Assistance Award This is an annual award worth £1,000 awarded to a Fine Art student (open to all years) who is struggling financially to purchase items necessary to do their course. 31st October each year Internal Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Undergraduate Creative industries Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Barns-Graham Assistance Award
UHI Nursing Assistance Fund A non-repayable grant which looks at all household income and expenditure, and is awarded if there is a significant deficit. The standard maximum award is £500, with discretion for an additional £400 depending on circumstances. No deadline. Available throughout the academic year Internal Current student Scottish Undergraduate Health and wellbeing Nursing UHI Nursing Assistance Fund
Nursing and Midwifery Discretionary Fund An income assessed, non-repayable grant. Students must normally be in receipt of a SAAS bursary in order to qualify for an award. The standard maximum award is £500, with discretion for a further £500 depending on circumstances.   No deadline. Available throughout the academic year Internal Current student Scottish Undergraduate Health and wellbeing Nursing Nursing and Midwifery Discretionary Fund
Orion Group Undergraduate Scholarship Orion Engineering Services Ltd are supporting an undergraduate scholarship for a student starting year two of a four-year honours degree in either: Bioscience BSc (Hons), Environmental Science BSc (Hons), Marine Science BSc (Hons) or Energy Engineering BEng (Hons). The Scholarship is £3,000 per annum, to the total value of £9,000 over the three years. Each year, the beneficiary student will be paid in two instalments of £1,500 over the two semesters. The beneficiary student will also receive a new laptop at the start of semester in 2022/23. Friday 26th August at 5pm Internal Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Undergraduate Energy, engineering and construction, Science and environment EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Orion Group Undergraduate Scholarship
Orion Group Entrance Scholarships Orion Engineering Services Ltd are supporting two student entrance scholarships for students studying a four year honours degree course in Bioscience BSc (Hons), Environmental Science BSc (Hons) or Marine Science BSc (Hons). Each scholarship is £3,000 per annum, to the total value of £12,000 over the four years. Each year, the beneficiary students will be paid in two instalments of £1,500 over the two semesters. The beneficiary students will also receive a new laptop at the start of semester in 2022/23.  Friday 26th August at 5pm Internal Applicant, Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Undergraduate Science and environment EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Orion Group Entrance Scholarships
St Andrews Society of New York State Scholarship Fund The scholarships will enable Scottish graduates to study for a year in the United States. Applicants must be of Scottish birth or descent, and have completed their first degree that year or graduated no earlier than the year previous. The monetary value of each scholarship will be applied in the first instance to payment of tuition fees, at a university within a radius of 250 miles from New York City or within the area of Washington DC. Applications must be submitted via the Dean of Students.   Currently not open to receive applications. Internal Current student Scottish Postgraduate, Undergraduate Business, leisure and tourism, Computing and IT, Creative industries, Education and childcare, Energy, engineering and construction, Gaelic medium studies, Health and wellbeing, Humanities and social sciences, Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland St Andrews Society of New York State Scholarship Fund
Snowdon Masters Scholarships The Snowdon Masters Scholarships is for national and international disabled students applying for a master's programme at any UK institution that starts in 2022. Up to a maximum of £30,000 of funding per successful student is available - with up to £15,000 available towards master's fees and a £15,000 p.a. allowance while studying. The scholarship has been designed to identify, accelerate and support talented disabled individuals to achieve their higher education goals. Currently not open to receive applications. Internal Applicant, Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Postgraduate Business, leisure and tourism, Computing and IT, Creative industries, Education and childcare, Energy, engineering and construction, Gaelic medium studies, Health and wellbeing, Humanities and social sciences, Science and environment Snowdon Masters Scholarships
Saltire Scholarships Saltire Scholarships is a programme offered by the Scottish Government in collaboration with Scottish universities in the areas of science, technology, creative industries, healthcare and medical sciences, and renewable and clean energy. The scheme offers up to 50 awards, each worth £8000, towards tuition fees for any one year of full time study on a postgraduate Masters programme at any of Scotland’s higher education institutions. For students from Canada, China (including Hong Kong), India, Japan, Pakistan or USA.   Currently not open to receive applications. External Applicant International Postgraduate Creative industries, Energy, engineering and construction, Health and wellbeing, Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Saltire Scholarships
Discretionary Funds If you are a full-time or part-time undergraduate, or a postgraduate student, and find you are struggling to meet the cost of living e.g. paying for foods, bills, travel etc you may be eligible to apply to the Discretionary (Hardship) Fund for extra assistance. This fund is an income-assessed, non-repayable grant.   No deadline. Available throughout the academic year External Current student English, Welsh or Irish, Scottish Undergraduate Business, leisure and tourism, Computing and IT, Creative industries, Education and childcare, Energy, engineering and construction, Gaelic medium studies, Health and wellbeing, Humanities and social sciences, Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Discretionary Funds
Higher Education Childcare Fund A non-repayable grant for students to assist in meeting the cost of childcare whilst they attend university.  Applications are expected to have taken reasonable steps to maximise income and minimise expenditure whislt undertaking their course. Applications are processed and payments made at the individual academic partner. No deadline. Available throughout the academic year Internal Current student Scottish Undergraduate Business, leisure and tourism, Computing and IT, Creative industries, Education and childcare, Energy, engineering and construction, Gaelic medium studies, Health and wellbeing, Humanities and social sciences, Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Higher Education Childcare Fund
Sidney Black Memorial Engineering Award Throughout his life, Sidney Black was driven by his passion for engineering. This £500 annual award is given in his name to inspire new female engineers to achieve their full potential, to allow their career dreams to take them wherever they desire.   31 August 2022 (to confirm applicant has passed their BEng) External Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Undergraduate Energy, engineering and construction EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Sidney Black Memorial Engineering Award
John Preston Music Awards Two annual awards, established by the Liam Colgan Music Fund, on behalf Roz Preston in memory of her husband, the late John Preston, whose contribution to the British music industry across a number of leadership roles is renowned.  22nd October 2022 External Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Undergraduate Creative industries EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland John Preston Music Awards
Carnegie Trust Fee Assistance Scheme The scheme aims to support students who do not receive government funding towards the cost of their tuition fees and is not intended as a substitute to publicly funded schemes. 5pm Thursday 1st December 2022 External Current student Scottish Undergraduate Business, leisure and tourism, Computing and IT, Creative industries, Education and childcare, Energy, engineering and construction, Gaelic medium studies, Health and wellbeing, Humanities and social sciences, Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Carnegie Trust Fee Assistance Scheme
Carnegie Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship The Carnegie Trust was established in 1901 with an aim to provide “funds for improving and extending the opportunities for scientific study and research in the Universities of Scotland”. The Trust is currently one of the largest educational giving charities in Scotland and operates across all academic disciplines, funding student fees, scholarships, bursaries and research grants. The Vacation Scholarship Scheme can be applied for by students undertaking a degree course at any Scottish University. Applications will be considered from students who have shown exceptional merit and who would like to undertake a programme of independent study or research during the long vacation which is of direct benefit to their academic work. January 2023 Internal Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Undergraduate Business, leisure and tourism, Computing and IT, Creative industries, Education and childcare, Energy, engineering and construction, Gaelic medium studies, Health and wellbeing, Humanities and social sciences, Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Carnegie Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship
Scholarship Fund £1,000 scholarships to support current NC Level 6, HNC, HND, Year One, Year Two and Year Three undergraduate degree students who wish to advance to their next year of study in 2023/24. Currently not open to receive applications. Internal Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Undergraduate Business, leisure and tourism, Computing and IT, Creative industries, Education and childcare, Energy, engineering and construction, Gaelic medium studies, Health and wellbeing, Humanities and social sciences, Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Scholarship Fund
Gaelic Bursary Scheme This scheme is funded by Highland Council and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. Students wishing to apply are required to be resident and attending either Sabhal Mor Ostaig or UHI Outer Hebrides within these council areas.. Prioirty is given to those students in their first year of study who hope to gain a CertHE, DipHE, or BA. Applications are made locally at Sabhal Mor Ostaig or UHI Outer Hebrides.   October/November Internal Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Postgraduate, Undergraduate Gaelic medium studies SMO, Outer Hebrides Gaelic Bursary Scheme
Highland Society of London Prize A financial prize is awarded to the student with the undergraduate dissertation of the year in the Humanities and Gaelic subject network on a Highlands and Islands theme. The winning dissertation is directly related to a social, cultural, environmental or historical aspect of the Highlands and Islands. There is no application process; eligible students are nominated by programme leaders in consultation with the subject network leader.   Winner notified at the end of June once degree results are known Internal Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Undergraduate Gaelic medium studies, Humanities and social sciences Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Highland Society of London Prize
Liam Colgan Music Student Awards Two annual awards, for songwriting and production, to develop and enhance a student's skills. There is no application process.  Winners are selected by programme leader and subject network leaders.   Winners selected annually in September. ExternalInternal Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Undergraduate Creative industries Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Liam Colgan Music Student Awards
The Neil MacKenzie Trust Neil MacKenzie was a winter sports enthusiast and climber who died (in a mountain fall) in 2015. The Neil MacKenzie Trust was set up in his name to 'keep his adventurous spirit alive in others, to help them to pursue adventure and aquire the skills to do so in the mountains, as safely as possible'. Grant applications are reviewed on a monthly basis, when funding is available. Various. Grant applications are reviewed monthly Internal Applicant, Current student European, International, Scottish Further Education, Postgraduate, Undergraduate Business, leisure and tourism, Computing and IT, Creative industries, Education and childcare, Energy, engineering and construction, Gaelic medium studies, Health and wellbeing, Humanities and social sciences, Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland The Neil MacKenzie Trust
Prickly Thistle Rebel Fund The Rebel Fund is donated by Prickly Thistle owner Clare Campbell to enable students at the university to ‘disrupt thinking’ in the creative industries.   Not known Internal Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Further Education, Postgraduate, Undergraduate Creative industries Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Prickly Thistle Rebel Fund
Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust Bursary Undergraduate students in 2nd year or above, and Postgraduate students on a taught course or engaged in research May-June *currently suspended due to Covid Internal Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Postgraduate, Undergraduate Business, leisure and tourism, Computing and IT, Creative industries, Education and childcare, Energy, engineering and construction, Gaelic medium studies, Health and wellbeing, Humanities and social sciences, Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust Bursary
Peter May Fiction Prize Fund A brand new annual prize of £1,000 for creative writing, donated by internationally bestselling crime writer and Scottish author, Peter May. 14th October 2022 External Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Further Education, Postgraduate, Undergraduate Business, leisure and tourism, Computing and IT, Creative industries, Education and childcare, Energy, engineering and construction, Gaelic medium studies, Health and wellbeing, Humanities and social sciences, Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Peter May Fiction Prize Fund
Student Development Fund To help ensure that students do not miss out on exciting opportunities to advance their personal development, build their knowledge and enjoy their student experience to the fullest. 30th April and 31st October every year External Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Further Education, Postgraduate, Undergraduate Business, leisure and tourism, Computing and IT, Creative industries, Education and childcare, Energy, engineering and construction, Gaelic medium studies, Health and wellbeing, Humanities and social sciences, Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Student Development Fund
Masters Funding for International Students Funding opportunites for international Postgraduates Not Known External Current student International Postgraduate Business, leisure and tourism, Computing and IT, Creative industries, Education and childcare, Energy, engineering and construction, Gaelic medium studies, Health and wellbeing, Humanities and social sciences, Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Masters Funding for International Students
PhD Funding for International Students PhD funding opportunities for international students Not Known External Current student International Postgraduate Business, leisure and tourism, Computing and IT, Creative industries, Education and childcare, Energy, engineering and construction, Gaelic medium studies, Health and wellbeing, Humanities and social sciences, Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland PhD Funding for International Students
Commonwealth Scholarships For students from a Commonwealth country Not Known External Current student International Postgraduate, Undergraduate Business, leisure and tourism, Computing and IT, Creative industries, Education and childcare, Energy, engineering and construction, Gaelic medium studies, Health and wellbeing, Humanities and social sciences, Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Commonwealth Scholarships
Chevening Scholarships For students undertaking a Masters in the UK, who are from a Chevening country. Not Known External Current student International Postgraduate Business, leisure and tourism, Computing and IT, Creative industries, Education and childcare, Energy, engineering and construction, Gaelic medium studies, Health and wellbeing, Humanities and social sciences, Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Chevening Scholarships
Marshall Scholarships For American students (under 26) studying for a degree in the UK Not Known External Current student International Undergraduate Business, leisure and tourism, Computing and IT, Creative industries, Education and childcare, Energy, engineering and construction, Gaelic medium studies, Health and wellbeing, Humanities and social sciences, Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Marshall Scholarships
Canadian Centennial Scholarship Helping outstanding postgraduate students from Canada at UK universities Not Known External Current student International Postgraduate Business, leisure and tourism, Computing and IT, Creative industries, Education and childcare, Energy, engineering and construction, Gaelic medium studies, Health and wellbeing, Humanities and social sciences, Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Canadian Centennial Scholarship
Drummond Foundation Scholarship The Drummond Foundation Scholarship provides two awards of £500 for students studying Health and Social Care with a particular interest in caring for Dementia suffers.   There will be no work experience attached to this award but the students would need to express an interest in caring for people with dementia. Friday 9 October Internal Applicant, Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Undergraduate Health and wellbeing Perth Drummond Foundation Scholarship
South Asia Scholarship International students can take advantage of a number of Scholarships. Some are funded by government and other external bodies and others by our partner institutes. No deadline Internal Applicant International Undergraduate Business, leisure and tourism, Computing and IT, Creative industries, Education and childcare, Energy, engineering and construction, Gaelic medium studies, Health and wellbeing, Humanities and social sciences, Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland South Asia Scholarship
Calum Davidson Marine Energy Prize The Calum Davidson Memorial Fund has been established in memory of Calum Davidson and his dedication to the early development of the marine energy sector and his belief in the potential for the Highlands and Islands to be recognised as a world-class region for marine activity. Not known Internal Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Further Education, Postgraduate, Undergraduate Business, leisure and tourism, Computing and IT, Creative industries, Education and childcare, Energy, engineering and construction, Gaelic medium studies, Health and wellbeing, Humanities and social sciences, Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Calum Davidson Marine Energy Prize
Reid Endowment Fund To support Environmental Science students at the University of the Highlands and Islands attending science and technology practical’s, irrespective of their financial circumstances. The cost of travel and accommodation for such trips has, in the past, proved to be too much for some of our students, who have had to miss out on these opportunities. Recipients decided by The Reid Fund Committee.   June and December Internal Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Undergraduate Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Reid Endowment Fund
Scottish Land Commission Prize The Scottish Land Commission Student Award is an annual £1,000 grant enabling a student based at a Scottish further or higher education institution to engage in an opportunity to support their studies in a land reform related field. The award will be open for submissions again in Autumn and will be promoted through education institutions and student associations.   Autumn Internal Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Further Education, Postgraduate, Undergraduate Science and environment Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Scottish Land Commission Prize
Prize for Engineering Excellence Donated by Willie Printie, the Prize for Engineering Excellence is awarded annually in recognition of academic excellence in engineering at degree level. Winner notified at the end of June once degree results are known Internal Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Undergraduate Energy, engineering and construction Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Prize for Engineering Excellence
Elite Athletes Fund Students who are competing in their chosen sport at national or international level   October *currently suspended Internal Current student English, Welsh or Irish, European, International, Scottish Further Education, Postgraduate, Undergraduate Business, leisure and tourism Nursing, Optometry, EO, GS, HTC, SMO, SAMS, Argyll, Inverness, Moray, North Highland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth, Shetland, West Highland Elite Athletes Fund
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