Carnegie PhD Scholarships
The prestigious Carnegie PhD Scholarship scheme supports a limited number of graduates, with first class Honours undergraduate degrees from a Scottish university, who wish to pursue three years of postgraduate research leading to a PhD at a university in Scotland. There is no restriction on the subject or field.
This year, the Trust is also offering the Henry Dryerre PhD Scholarship to support PhD study in any area of human or animal physiology.
Full details are available on the Carnegie Trust website
Domicile for fee status
Level of study
Year of entry
Entrants in 2018
A First-Class Honours degree from a Scottish university is a pre-requisite for consideration for Scholarships. Alongside existing graduates, final year undergraduate students expecting to achieve a First-Class Honours degree are also eligible for nomination. Please note that a postgraduate degree, regardless of result, cannot be counted as equivalent standard.
A student can only be nominated by one university and multiple nominations for the same student are not permissible.
For the full list of eligibility criteria, please visit theCarnegie Trust website.
What does it cover?
Duration of award
Scholarships are normally awarded for 36 months (3 years) for full-time study and up to 72 months (6 years) for part-time study.
Value of award (per year)
Tuition fees at standard RCUK Home fee rate and stipend of £16,200 per annum (2017-2018 rate), plus up to £3,000 research-related expenses during the tenure of the award (subject to conditions). If awarded to a St Andrews student liable for the International tuition fee rate, a St Andrews scholarship will cover the balance. For full details, please visit the Carnegie Trust website.
Tuition or maintenance award?
Tuition and Maintenance
How to apply
- Apply for a PhD place at the University of St Andrews by completing the research application form.
- Advise your prospective supervisor that you wish to be considered for nomination for the Carnegie PhD Scholarships. If you are later nominated by the University, your supervisor will be required to submit part of your Carnegie application during the last week of February (see below) so please make sure they are potentially available to do this.
- Complete the internal Carnegie PhD Scholarship application form, available in the Scholarships and Funding catalogue, by Tuesday 16 January.
- After you have applied for your chosen Postgraduate Research course, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the catalogue.
- If you are a current student at St Andrews, you can access Scholarships and Funding through MySaint. However, you should wait until after you have applied for your intended postgraduate programme before doing so, to ensure that the scholarship application is linked to that course.
An internal selection process will follow, in which up to five candidates will be selected for nomination by the University.
- If you are selected for nomination, a link to the Carnegie Trust's online application portal with be emailed to you by Friday 9 February.
- Complete the online application form by Friday 19 February. As part of the online form, you will be asked to upload the following documents:
- Case for support (description of the proposed research)
- Transcripts of your marks to date for undergraduate studies, and postgraduate studies if applicable.
- Following your submission of the online application, an email will be sent to the nominator with a link to the Nominator's online form.
Full details of the nomination process are available on the Carnegie Trust website.
When do applications open?
Scholarship application deadline
Deadline for applications: Tuesday 16 January 2018
Deadline for submitting nomination form (if nominated): Friday 19 February 2018
At what stage of my course application can I apply?
Please apply for the scholarship after you have submitted your application for a place at St Andrews. You do not need to wait until you have received an offer of a place before applying for the scholarship.
When will I hear if my application has been successful?
The outcome of your scholarship application will be available on "View my applications" in Scholarships and Funding by 9 February 2018.