Carnegie PhD Scholarships2021 entry
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.
Full details are available on the Carnegie Trust website
Domicile for fee status
Level of study
Year of entry
Entrants in 2021
A First-Class Honours degree from a Scottish university is a pre-requisite for consideration for the 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 for this scheme.
For the full list of eligibility criteria, please visit the Carnegie Trust website.
Duration of award
Scholarships are normally awarded for 36 months (3 years) for full-time study. See regulations on the Carnegie Trust website for details about part-time study.
Value of award (per year)
Tuition fees at standard UKRI Home fee rate and stipend of £16,800 per annum (2020-2021 rate, to be adjusted for inflation), plus up to £3,000 research-related allowance 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 in tuition fees. For full details, please visit the Carnegie Trust website.
Tuition or maintenance award?
Tuition and Maintenance
- 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 Thursday 14 January 2021.
- After you have applied for your chosen Postgraduate Research course, you can apply for scholarships and funding by logging into My Application. YAfter applying for your chosen course beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year, you must allow at least five working days for processing and issue of your log in details before you can apply for this scholarship.
- 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 in the week commencing Monday 8 February.
- Complete the online application form by Wednesday 17 February. As part of the online form, you will be asked to upload the following documents:
- Case for support (detailed 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: Thursday 14 January 2021
Deadline for submitting nomination form (if nominated): Wednesday 17 February 2021
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 initial outcome of your scholarship application will be available on "View my applications" in Scholarships and Funding in February 2021. If you are nominated by the University, the Carnegie Trust will notify you of the final outcome.