Carnegie PhD Scholarships

The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

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Grant amount: £15,900

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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NOTE: To apply for a Carnegie PhD Scholarship you must be nominated by one of the 17 eligible host organisations. Each institution has a limited quota of nominations that it is permitted to submit.

Contact the Scottish institutions where you wish to do your PhD in the first instance to enquire about the selection process. You can find the contact details for each eligible institutions under Downloadable documents.

You can only be nominated by one university for this scheme.

Carnegie PhD Scholarships 

The Carnegie PhD Scholarships fund postgraduate research leading to a PhD at an eligible institution in Scotland.

Candidates must have, or be on track to achieve, a first class Honours undergraduate degree from a Scottish institution of higher education.

The scheme is open to students of any nationality who meet the above criterion.

Key Facts

  • Career stage:Postgraduate research (PhD)
  • Host organisation:One of the 15 Scottish universities, Glasgow School of Art, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Funding awarded:Stipend for living expenses, UK home-rate tuition fees and research allowance
  • Duration of award:36 months standard, 42 months in specific cases
  • Number of awards each year:15-18 PhD Scholarships

What's Included

The Carnegie PhD Scholarship funding package includes:

  • Stipend: currently £16,200 for the academic year 2017-2018, adjusted annually for inflation.
  • Tuition Fees: The Trust will cover tuition fees at the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Indicative Fee Level for the relevant academic year (universities are expected to waive any outstanding balance).
  • Research Allowance: £3,000 for the whole tenure.

Scholarship Types

The following awards are all administrered as part of this single scheme. Successful candidates will be allocated the most relevant Scholarship to their field of study. The Scholarships are awarded and held under identical conditions.

Carnegie PhD Scholarships

Funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, the Scholarships are open for doctoral study in any field.

Caledonian Research Foundation (CRF) Scholarships

The Trust administers the CRF Scholarships on behalf of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, which received the funding for these awards from the Caledonian Research Foundation. One Scholarship is usually awarded for study in the Life Sciences and another in Arts and Humanities.

Carnegie-Cant-Morgan PhD Scholarship in Botany/Plant Science

Funded by a legacy from Mr Keith Morgan, this scholarship in plant science is awarded every three years. It will next be offered for a PhD starting in 2021-22.

Henry Dryerre Scholarship

The Trust also administers the Henry Dryerre Scholarships on behalf of the RSE Scotland Foundation (RSESF). This scholarship funds a doctoral study in medical or veterinary physiology, understood in its broadest terms to include biomedical research; the chemical/ or physical functions of organs, cells and organ systems and biomolecules in humans and animals. It will next be offered for a PhD starting in 2020-2021.

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


  • You are eligible to be nominated for this award by a Scottish university if:
    • you already hold, or are on track to graduate with a First Class Honours degree from one of the eligible host organisations in Scotland;
    • This undergraduate degree is in a subject related to the academic field of your proposed doctoral research;
    • you have been accepted on a doctoral programme at one of the eligible host organisations;
    • this doctoral programme will start in the coming academic year.
  • Notes:
    • This scheme is open to students of any nationality who meet the above criteria.
    • Candidates in faculties which do not award Honours, e.g. Medicine, are expected to have achieved the equivalent standard to a First Class Honours.
  • The Carnegie PhD Scholarships are tenable at the following institutions:
    • Universities: Aberdeen, Abertay, Dundee, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier, Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian, Heriot-Watt, Highlands and Islands, Queen Margaret, Robert Gordon, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde, West of Scotland;
    • Glasgow School of Art;
    • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
  • Candidates nominated for these prestigious awards must:
    • Show outstanding ability and potential for research at postgraduate level.
    • Demonstrate academic excellence and a strong performance in their final year dissertation project as well as evidence of consistency and/or increasing levels of achievements throughout the student’s studies.
    • Submit a research proposal that demonstrates excellence, originality and significance.
    • Provide a good fit between the proposed research and the environment and facilities offered by the university in which the PhD will be undertaken.
    • Identify high quality supervision arrangements.


  • You are not eligible for nomination if:
    • Your undergraduate degree is not from an eligible host organisation in Scotland
    • You came to Scotland to study for a Postgraduate Masters but completed your undergraduate degree in a different country
    • Your First Class Honours Degree is in a discipline unrelated to the academic field of your PhD.
    • You have already started a PhD.
  • Note
    • The absence of a First Class Honours degree from a Scottish university cannot be compensated by a postgraduate Masters undertaken in Scotland.