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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. The Carnegie Trust have changed their application timeframe with the application portal opening earlier, on 1 December 2019. 

Candidates must be 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 A weekly stipend equivalent to the Scottish Living Wage rate
  • Opens 23 October 2019
  • Deadline 31 January 2020
  • Help with Internship, work placement or project costs
  • Duration Minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks.


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 standing of the student;
  • Quality of the project;
  • Feasibility of the project.

Project Details

Applicants are required to carry out a specific research project, either at the institution they are attending or elsewhere.  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. 

A member of staff must provide supervision during the project.  The supervisor should be familar with the student's academic record and with the topic of the proposed project.  Supervisors can only nominate one student each year.  

The project description in the application form must be written by the student. 


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 on 1 December 2019 and the the closing date will be 31 January 2020 at 5pm.  Decisions on awards should be made by 10 April 2020. 

 Applying for a Carnegie Vacation Scholarship 2020

 Quick Guide to Vacation scholarship 2020

 Vac.Schols - Application Template 2020 (guidance only)

 Vacation Scholarship Regulations 2020

Vacation Scholarship Terms and Conditions 2020




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