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 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.

Applicants must be;

  1. Undergraduate students who are citizens of either the United Kingdom or European Union, OR have been granted permanent leave to remain in the UK/EU; and attending one of the seventeen eligible Scottish Higher Education Institutions for the entirety of their course.
  2. Approaching their final year of study: year 3 of a 4 year degree, or year 3 or 4 of a 5 year degree.
  3. On track to achieve a 2:1 or higher in their final degree classification.

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. It is for new, innovative research projects that would not normally be part of the course.
  4. The project must address a specific hypothesis or research question.
  5. It may lead to new scientific, academic or intellectual knowledge, a new product, technology, or creative product.
  6. It must result in a project poster which the student will be expected to present, as well as enable the acquisition or development of specific research skills and/or knowledge.
  7. The student must design his, or her, own project and write the research proposal.
  8. An academic has to provide supervision during the project and advise on the design of the proposal.
  9. The scheme provides a weekly stipend equivalent to the Scottish Living Wage Rate.

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.


  1. The project can take place any time between May and August.
  2. It is full-time, 35 hours a week, for a maximum of 12 weeks and a minimum of 2 weeks.
  3. The weeks do not necessarily have to be consecutive.


  1. The project can be undertaken at the student's institution, a host research organisation, or elsewhere a long as relevant supervision and resources are available.
  2. The project can take place anywhere in the world.

Applicants should note that proposals will be assesed on;

  • Academic ability
  • Quality
  • Feasibility of the project


Applications should be made via the Trust's online portal.  Further information, including Terms and Conditions, can be found on their website.

Note: Applications for this fund are currently closed.