The Trust was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1901 ‘to improve and extend the opportunities for scientific research in the Scottish universities and to enable the deserving and qualified youth of Scotland to attend a university’. In accordance with his wishes, the Royal Charter enables the Trust to support the 15 Universities of Scotland, their staff and students. The current schemes of support are:
Fee Assistance may be provided to support entering undergraduates to first degree courses who are not eligible for support through the SAAS. A competitive Vacation Scholarship scheme is operated to assist undergraduate students who wish to undertake research in the summer vacation. Undergraduate groups from Scottish universities can apply for support with Expeditions.
At the postgraduate level, a prestige scheme of Scholarships supports a limited number of graduates with first class honours degrees who will pursue three years of postgraduate research leading to a PhD.
Carnegie-Cameron Bursaries are made available to support fees for one- year taught post graduate courses and are awarded through the Universities.
Members of Staff and graduates of Scottish Universities are eligible to apply for the Trust’s Research Grant scheme which awards grants of up to £2,500 for personal research, and support towards illustration and publication costs. A competitive Larger Grant scheme of grants up to £40,000 encourages applications for joint programmes of collaborative research projects within more than one of the Scottish Universities.
The Scottish Universities are invited to compete for up to two Carnegie Professorships per year to encourage World Class scholars to spend a sabbatical period in Scotland.
Last updated: February 9, 2016