Carnegie-Caledonian PhD Scholarships

The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

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Grant amount: £15,900

Anticipated deadline: Feb 28, 2020 9:00am PST

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student PhD Student

Funding uses: Scholarship, Conference, Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United Kingdom

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 1 year of starting their degree

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Carnegie-Caledonian 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.

The number of nominations is subject to a quota. To be considered, prospective PhD students must be selected as candidates by one of the Scottish universities and have their nomination approved before their application pack is submitted to the Trust by their nominator. Applications received without the required institutional approval will not be accepted. A student can only be nominated by one university and multiple nominations for the same student are not permissible.

The Trust also administers the Caledonian PhD Scholarships on behalf of the RSEScotland Foundation (RSESF). Two awards are made each year under the Caledonian Scholarship banner. The Scholarships are awarded and held under identical conditions as the Carnegie Scholarships and are under the charge and control of the Trustees of the RSESF, who retain the power to alter the rules and to change the purpose and destination of the Scholarships.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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.
  • In faculties which do not award Honours, e.g. Medicine, the equivalent standard will be expected.
  • The candidate must be nominated by the prospective supervisor of the PhD project and can only be nominated for a Carnegie or Caledonian PhD Scholarship by one university.
  • Nominators and Nominees are under an obligation to inform the Trust without delay of any changes to the circumstances of the Nominee, including any awards received and/or examination results obtained after the nomination has been submitted.


  • A student who has already commenced study for a research degree (MPhil, PhD or equivalent) is not eligible.