Carnegie undergraduate vacation scholarships

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 Scottish students (by birth, descent, or residence) undertaking a degree course at any Scottish University. Applications will be considered from students who have shown exceptional merit and are on track to achieve a 2:1 or higher in their final degree classification, 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.


  1. Applicants must be of Scottish birth, or extraction (at least one parent born in Scotland), or schooling (attendance a Scottish secondary school for at least two years).
  2. Applicants must be undergraduates of a Scottish university in the third year of their course at the time of applying (or an equivalent stage for students on a part-time programme).

What is a Vacation Scholarship?

  1. It enables students to gain research experience and skills while undertaking lab work, field work, library, or archive visits, interviews, surveys, etc.
  2. It aims to encourage students to consider postgraduate studies.
  3. The project must address a specific hypthesis or research question.
  4. The student must design his or her own project and write the research proposal.
  5. An academic has to provide supervision during the project, and advise on the design of the proposal.
  6. The scheme provides a stipend of £250 per week.

What it isn't

  1. The scholarships can't be used for language study or for participating in summer schools.
  2. It does not support work placements or volunteering activities.
  3. It can't be part of the student's assessed coursework: e.g. it can't be the same topic as the final year dissertation, although it could address a sub-set of issues or questions that could be expanded into a thesis.
  4. It can't be a continuation of an existing project.

It is important to note that payment of the funds will be made, directly to the University, only after the project has been completed and student reports received by the Trust.

Note: Applications for this fund are currently closed.