Carnegie Trust: Undergraduate Tuition Fee Grants

The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: Aug 31, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Nov 30, 2019 9:00am PST

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Scholarship

Location of project: United Kingdom

Location of residency: United Kingdom

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NOTE: Deadline for first time applicants is Nov 30. Deadline for continuing students wishing to renew an existing award is Aug 31.

The scheme derives from the intention of the Trust Founder, Andrew Carnegie, “to render attendance at the Universities of Scotland and the enjoyment of their advantages more available to the deserving and qualified youth of Scotland to whom the payment of fees might act as a barrier”. 

The scheme aims to support students who do not receive government funding towards the costs of their tuition fees and is not intended as a substitute to publicly funded schemes. Applicants must demonstrate that their financial circumstances will hinder access to their chosen course of study when making a request for funding to the Carnegie Trust.

The Fee Assistance scheme covers the cost of tuition fees only. Depending on applicants' financial circumstances, students are awarded either the full amount of fees charged by their university, or any part thereof that the Trust deems appropriate.

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


  • What is it for?
    • The scheme supports the cost of tuition fees for study:
      • towards a first undergraduate degree;
        • (The majority of the students we support will have attended university or college in the past but did not complete their course.).
      • on an eligible undergraduate course at one of the following universities in Scotland:
        • Aberdeen, Abertay Dundee, Dundee, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier, Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian, Heriot-Watt, Highlands and Islands, Queen Margaret, Robert Gordon, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde and West of Scotland.
      • on an undergraduate degree course validated by one of these universities but delivered at a different institution located in Scotland (for example: Glasgow School of Art, SRUC or FE Colleges who deliver degree level courses).
      • on a full-time, part-time or distance learning undergraduate degree course offered by one of the Scottish universities listed above.
  • Who is it for?
    • Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
      • be of Scottish birth or descent (at least one parent born in Scotland), or must have had at least two full years of education at a secondary school in Scotland;
      • not be eligible for support towards the cost of tuition fees from either the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales or Student Finance Northern Ireland.
        • Note: Part-time students, who only receive tuition fee support from SAAS and are not eligible for any grants, bursaries or loans from SAAS or for a university scheme, may apply if the amount awarded by SAAS is less than the total amount of fees payable
      • reside in Scotland during the period of the course studied
      • must normally have passed the examinations relating to the previous stage of their curriculum before being eligible for support.
    • NOTE: applicants eligible for a SAAS/Student Loans Company maintenance loan are expected to take full advantage of the loans available to them.
    • Important note on eligibility
      • If you are claiming eligibility on the basis of Scottish descent you should be able to explain your links to Scotland.
        • For example, you will need to provide information about your Scottish ancestry and how often and for how long you have visited Scotland in the past.
      • You will also need to explain why you are coming to Scotland to study.
        • For instance, you will need to demonstrate why you cannot study in your country of ordinary residence.
        • This is also very important if you were born in Scotland but do not currently reside in, or recently moved to Scotland to attend university.
  • What does the grant cover?
    • UG Tuition Fee grants cover the cost of tuition fees up to a maximum of £1,820 (the Scottish "Home" tuition fee rate). Depending on applicants' financial circumstances, students are awarded either the full "home" rate, or any part thereof that the Trust deems appropriate.
    • The fee grant is paid directly by the Trust to the university attended by the student. Successful applicants will be sent an award letter which they must present to their university. The university will then invoice the Trust for the tuition fees.
  • Note for students charged "Overseas" fees
    • Eligible students charged unregulated fees because of their immigration status, e.g. Overseas fees, should note that the Trust is unable to cover the cost of international fees. Succesful applicants will receive the same amount as "Home" students.
    • The remainder of the fees will need to be paid for by the student.
    • Please bear this in mind when making an application as you will need to make further arrangements to cover the rest of your tuition fees. 


  • If you already have a university degree level qualification, you are not eligible to apply
  • No support is available towards maintenance costs (such as rent, living expenses, travel etc.).
  • Therefore, the following courses or study paths are not eligible for support:
    • HNC and HND diploma courses
    • Access courses
    • Accelerated degree courses with a graduate entry
    • Courses delivered by, or at, a university outside Scotland
    • Courses at a Scottish Higher Education Institute delivered and validated by a university outside Scotland 
    • Open University courses
    • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses
    • University courses below degree level, e.g. Diploma or Certificate courses
    • Second degrees for students who have already graduated from a university and wish to pursue a second undergraduate course in a different subject
    • Postgraduate degrees.