R&A Ransome Scholarship

Application period opens
Thursday 30 November 2023
Application period closes
This scholarship deadline has now passed (Wednesday 7 February 2024)

The R&A Ransome Scholarship was established in 1994 as the Dr. Ernest L Ransome III Scholarship, as a way for the friends and associates of Dr. Ransome to recognise his commitment to philanthropy, education and athletics. The scholarship's mission is to enrich the experience of deserving postgraduate students by affording them the opportunity to attend the University of St Andrews.

The scholarship is available to graduate students from Canada, Mexico and the USA entering a one-year taught postgraduate masters course: MLitt, MRes, MSc.

The R&A Ransome Scholarship cannot be held in conjunction with any other scholarship or funding covering the same elements as this award, unless prior written agreement has been obtained.

Value of award (per year)

3 awards are available, consisting of:

  • Full tuition fees for each year of study.
  • Accommodation fees to cover residential university costs (en-suite catered rate), and comparable fees to contribute towards private residential costs.
  • Fixed book allowance.
  • Fixed travel allowance.

Duration of award

1 year of postgraduate study.

At what stage of my course application can I apply for this scholarship?

Please apply for the award 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 award.

Application restrictions

Study level

Available to students studying at:



Available to students studying:

No restrictions.

Domicile for fee status



Available to faculty members from:

Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Divinity, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Economics and Finance, English, Film Studies, Graduate School, History, International Education Institute, International Relations, Management, Mathematics and Statistics, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology and Neuroscience, Social Anthropology

Application assessment

Academic merit, Evidence based (e.g. sport/music/travel)

Available to

Prospective students

Mode of study

Full time

Geographical criteria

Canada, Mexico, United States of America

Additional criteria

You must have applied for a taught postgraduate masters course: MLitt, MRes, MSc.

How to apply

This scholarship is available for application through the ‘Scholarships and Funding catalogue’ in the Scholarships and Funding section of My Application.

  • After you have applied to a postgraduate taught masters programme for the 2024-25 academic year, you must allow 2 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 taught programme before doing so to ensure that the scholarship application is linked to the correct course.
  • In the Scholarships and Funding catalogue, apply for the St Leonard's Masters Scholarship (International).
  • By completing this application form you will be considered for various scholarships, depending on whether you meet the eligibility criteria and have completed the necessary questions.
  • Please note that you do not need to provide details about your household income and financial circumstances (and you can choose to opt out of that section of the application form), unless you wish to also be considered for other scholarships based on financial need.
  • For the R&A Ransome Scholarship, we recommend paying particular attention to the following questions:
    • Provide a supporting statement describing your non-academic, professional or life achievements and potential.
    • (If relevant to you) Provide a sport statement describing your main sport, any previous sport related scholarships, sporting achievements and ambitions.

Scholarship application form guidance

Terms and conditions

The R&A Ransome Scholarship cannot be held in conjunction with any other scholarship or funding covering the same elements as this award, unless prior written agreement has been obtained.

If applying to this scholarship, please also be aware of the following requirements:

  • Core personal details may be passed to the benefactors of your scholarship. Your name, the name of your town of origin, school/college and subject of study will be passed to the donor of the scholarship with your consent.
  • Your scholarship award in subsequent years of study is conditional upon your successful completion of the academic requirements to progress in your proposed subject of study at the University of St Andrews. If your scholarship is subject-related then your award is usually also conditional upon your continuing to study that specific subject.
  • Attendance at Development related scholarship events (including invitations to meet the donors) is strongly encouraged. You will be invited to these as appropriate by the Development Office.
  • Submission of reports throughout the period of scholarship support. You are required to submit an Introductory Biography at the start of your award period and the Development Office will contact you towards the end of each semester for a report on your time at St Andrews to share with the donors of your award. This will be an annual cycle for the duration of your award.
  • The R&A Ransome Scholarship cannot be held in conjunction with any other scholarship administered by the University that contributes towards tuition fees, accommodation fees or living costs, unless prior written agreement has been obtained.

Please read the University of St Andrews scholarships terms and conditions

When will I know the outcome?

The outcome of your scholarship application will be available on ‘View my applications’ in the Scholarships and Funding section of My Application by late March 2024.