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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 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 1 December 2021
  • Deadline 31 January 2022
  • 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). The Scheme is open to students of any nationality and all applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK at the time of applying. Students with Limited Leave to Remain, Pre-settled or Settled Status, or students on a Tier 4 Visa, must be able to prove that they are eligible to work full-time in the UK in the period between May and August 2022.

a. in the third year of a four-year course, OR
b. in the third or fourth year of a five-year degree OR
c. in the 2nd year of a three-year degree (e.g. BA Nursing, BA Acting, BA Production and Design, etc.)
d. Part-time students must be at an equivalent stage of studies as above.

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:

  • 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 familiar 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 completed 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 2021 and the closing date will be 31 January 2022 at 5 pm.  Decisions on awards should be made by mid-April 2022. 

Applying for a Carnegie Vacation Scholarship

Vacation Scholarship Terms and Conditions

Quick Guide to Vacation scholarship 

Vacation Scholarship Regulations

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