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Carnegie Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship

A scholarship for eligible students of exceptional merit undertaking a degree course at an eligible Scottish Higher Education Institution who want to take part in an independent research project in any academic field of study over the summer vacation which will be of direct benefit to their academic work.  

Candidates must be in either in the 3rd year of a 4-year course OR in 3rd or 4th year of a 5-year degree course. 

  • Number of scholarships Varies
  • Value £250 per week
  • Opens 18 February 2019
  • Deadline 1 April 2019
  • Help with Internship, work placement or project costs


Is this for you?

Applicants must be undergraduates of an eligible Scottish Higher Education institution (and enrolled for the entirety of their degree at that institution) who are citizens of either the UK or EU, or have been granted permanent leave to remain in the UK/EU.  Candidates must be in the third year of a four-year degree course or in the third or fourth year of a five-year degree course at the time of applying.  

This is for you if you are on track to achieve a 2:1 or higher in your final degree classification and would like to devote some part of the long vacation to a research project. The project usually takes place at any time between May and August.  The scholarships are tenable for a minimum length of 2 weeks and a maximum length of 12 weeks (although typically 6-8 weeks). 

When assessing applications, the Trust will look at the:

  • Academic ability of the student;
  • Quality of the proposed research;
  • Feasibility of the project.

Project Details

Applicants are required to carry out a specific research project, either at the university they are attending, a host research organisation or elsewhere, as long as relevant supervision and resources are available.  The project will vary according to the field of study, but it should engage the candidate in full-time personal research.  

The Vacation Scholarship is for new, innovative research projects that would not normally be  part of the student's course. 

An academic must provide supervision during the project and advise on the design of the proposal. 


Further Information


Students are required to submit a poster on their project to the Trust prior to that year's Vacation Scholars' Poster Event, in which they are expected to participate.  Further details regarding this will be provided to successful applicants. 



How to apply

Applications must be completed online through the Carnegie Trust's website by the student and by the project supervisor.  The online application portal will open approximately 6 weeks before the closing date of 1 April 2019 at 5pm.  

Applying for a Carnegie Vacation Scholarship 2019

Quick Guide to Vacation scholarship 2019

Vacation Scholarship - Application Template (guidance only) 2019

Vacation Scholarship Terms and Conditions 2019

Vacation Scholarship Regulations 2019



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