Scholarships & funding opportunities

Carnegie Trust PhD Scholarships

The prestigious Carnegie PhD Scholarship scheme supports graduates with first class Honours undergraduate degrees from a Scottish university, who wish to pursue three years of postgraduate research leading to a PhD at a university in Scotland. There is no restriction on the subject or field.

  • Number of scholarships 5
  • Value Stipend c.£17400pa, Fees at UKRI level, £3000 RTSG
  • Opens 9 November 2021
  • Deadline 18 January 2022
  • Help with Tuition fees, Living costs, Equipment and study costs
  • Duration 3 years


Who can apply

You are eligible to be nominated for this award by the University of Strathclyde 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 the University of Strathclyde;
  • this doctoral programme will start in the coming academic year (2022-23).


  • 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.

Who can’t apply

You are not eligible for nomination by the University of Strathclyde 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 or will be starting before academic year 2022-23.


  • The absence of a First Class Honours degree from a Scottish university cannot be compensated by a postgraduate Masters undertaken in Scotland.

What does the Trust look for in candidates?

Candidates nominated for these prestigious awards must:

  • Display outstanding 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 achievement throughout their studies.
  • Submit a research proposal that exhibits excellence, originality and significance.
  • Ensure a good fit between the proposed research and the environment and facilities offered by the institution in which the PhD will be undertaken.
  • Seek out high quality supervisory arrangements.

Eligible host organisations

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.

Application Deadline: 4pm on Tuesday 18 January 2022

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

Further Information

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 2022-23.

Application Deadline: 4pm on Tuesday 18 January 2022

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

Contact us

In the first instance, candidates should contact a potential supervisor in the department/school of their choice.


Application Deadline: 4pm on Tuesday 18 January 2022

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

How to apply

In the first instance, candidates should contact a potential supervisor in the department/school of their choice.

The University of Strathclyde can submit up to 5 applications. The deadline for applicants/academics to submit their application to RKES ( is 4pm on Tuesday, 18th January 2022

The Application Template and Scholarship Regulations documents (below) detail what is required for the internal stage of the process.  Specifically, at this stage, applicants/academics are being asked to complete only Sections 1, 2, and 3a-c and e of the Application Template attached, and submit this, along with full academic transcripts showing the student’s undergraduate academic record to date, for the internal Faculty/University adjudication process. 

Those chosen to go forward at University level would then complete the full application, including the Statement of Institutional Support, for final submission to The Carnegie Trust.

Multiple submissions for the same student by different universities or academics are not permissible. 

Application Documents

Supplementary Documents

Application Deadline: 4pm on Tuesday 18 January 2022

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

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