Scholarships & funding opportunities

Carnegie Trust: St Andrew's Society Scholarships

The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland administers this Scholarship scheme for the selection of scholars from this side of the Atlantic to benefit from a Scholarship (two awards of $30,000 each) to study for a year in the USA.


  • Number of scholarships 2
  • Value $30,000
  • Opens 1 November 2017
  • Deadline 22 February 2018
  • Help with Study abroad costs


1. Candidates must be Scottish by birth or descent, and will be expected to have current knowledge of Scotland and Scottish current affairs, and of the Scottish tradition generally. The Society expects its scholars to be good ambassadors for Scotland.

2. Candidates must also be:

  • either graduates of a Scottish university, or of Oxford or Cambridge, who have completed their first degree course (so as to be qualified to graduate) not earlier than 2017;
  • or students of a Scottish university, or of Oxford or Cambridge, who expect to complete their first degree course (so as to be qualified to graduate) in 2018.

An Honours degree is not essential.

Further Information

  • The monetary value of each Scholarship will be not less than $30,000, to be applied in the first instance to payment of tuition fees.
  • The Selection Committee has discretion to allow the grant to be applied wholly or mainly towards the cost of travel or accommodation, if they are satisfied that tuition fees will be paid (or waived) by the host university or by another grant-giving body.
  • There is no formal means test, but account will be taken of any other scholarship, bursary, grant or waiver of fees awarded in connection with the candidate’s proposed course of study in the United States.
  • It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that they have fully researched the total likely cost of studying in their chosen university, as well as the cost of travel and accommodation. Neither the Society nor the Carnegie Trust can offer further financial assistance beyond the amount of the Scholarship.
  • Applicants are advised that, once an application has been accepted by an American university, a deposit will need to be paid to the university to secure the place offered. The payment of the deposit may be required before the final outcome of the selection process for the St Andrew’s scholarships is known.
  • Information about other possible sources of funding can be found at
  • The Scholarship will be tenable from September 2018 to May 2019 at a university in the United States within a radius of 250 miles from New York City, or within the area of Washington DC.
  • Where a student cannot find a course for his/her special subject of study within the geographical area indicated above, the Society will consider allowing the Scholarship to be held at another university in the United States.
  • Candidates are strongly advised to apply to more than one university. In previous years highly qualified candidates have failed to gain a place at the university of their choice, and have then found it difficult or impossible to find a place elsewhere.
  • The Society will invite its scholars to be its guests for its annual St Andrew’s Day Banquet in New York City (typically on the Friday evening before Thanksgiving) and for its annual Tartan Ball in New York City in the spring.
  • Scholars are expected to send to the Society at least two informal written reports, one in the first semester and the other in the second, addressing their personal and educational experiences during their time in the United States.
  • The scholars will be asked to stay in contact with the Society, so that they may continue to receive information about the Society and Society events, and so that the Society may learn of their progress as they advance through their respective lives.
  • The St Andrews scholarship grant is insufficient to fund a year’s study in the US, so please draw candidates’ attention to the website as a guide to other sources of funding.



How to apply

Application forms can be obtained from and should be completed and returned to this address by 22nd  February 2018

Applications should NOT be submitted directly to the Saint Andrew’s Society or to the Carnegie Trust.

Interviews will be held in the second half of April 2018 (TBC) with notification to successful and unsuccessful candidates within two weeks thereafter.