Carnegie Trust: Fee Assistance

The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: Aug 31, 2018

Later anticipated deadlines: Nov 30, 2018 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.


  • Course eligibility:
    • Application can be made only in respect of study 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.
    • Students enrolled on a course validated by one of these universities but delivered at a different institution (for example: Glasgow School of Art, SRUC or colleges who deliver degree level courses) located in Scotland are also eligible for support.    
    • No restriction is placed on the subject or mode of study, and students can be enrolled on any full-time, part-time or distance learning undergraduate degree courses offered by one of the Scottish universities listed above.    
    • In all cases, courses of study acceptable for Trust support must be directly connected with the acquisition of a first degree from a Scottish university.
  • Applicant eligibility:
    • Applicants must be of Scottish birth or descent (at least one parent born in Scotland), or must have had at least two years' education at a secondary school in Scotland.
      • 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.
        • 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.
    • In addition, applicants must not be eligible for support towards the cost of fees from either the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales or Student Finance Northern Ireland.
      • 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 fee waiver scheme, may apply if the amount awarded by SAAS is less than the total amount of fees payable.  
    • Applicants must reside in Scotland during the period of the course studied.    
    • Applicants must normally have passed the examinations relating to the previous stage of their curriculum before being eligible for assistance.
  • Type and level of award made:
    • Claims must be made only in respect of university fees.
    • All awards provided by the Trust are in the form of grants, paid directly to the university attended.


  • Access courses and those for second first degrees, postgraduate qualifications, and sub-degree qualifications cannot be supported.
  • 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. Funding for Postgraduate degrees is available through the Carnegie Cameron Bursaries.
  • Assistance will not normally be given to students whose Students' Allowance awards have been withdrawn or suspended owing to examination failure or where the applicant has withdrawn from a course. If a claim is submitted by such applicants, full particulars must be given of any exceptional circumstances that may be held to account for such failure or withdrawal.
  • No support is available towards maintenance costs (such as rent, living expenses, travel etc.).