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Carnegie PhD Scholarships for International Students at a Scottish University, 2018-2019

­ The Carnegie Trust is delighted to offer PhD scholarships for International students to be held at a Scottish university. As long the potential candidate holds a First Class undergraduate Honours degree from a Scottish University, there are no restrictions as to nationality or residency.

Each year, the Trust offers a number of Ph.D. scholarships to support graduates with first class Honours undergraduate degrees from a Scottish university, who wish to pursue three years of postgraduate research leading to a Ph.D. at a university in Scotland.

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The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland was created by Andrew Carnegie on 7 June 1901 and was incorporated by Royal Charter on 21 August 1902. The Trust was funded by a gift of US$10 million – a then unprecedented sum, yielding over £100,000 per year at a time when the total government assistance to all four Scottish universities was only about £50,000 a year.

Scholarship Description: 

  • Application deadline: February 28, 2018
  • Course Level: Scholarships are available to pursue Ph.D. programme.
  • Study Subject: Carnegie Ph.D. Scholarships

Funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, the Scholarships are open for doctoral study in any field.

Carnegie-Cant-Morgan Ph.D. Scholarship in Botany/Plant Science

Following a legacy from Mr. Keith Morgan, the Trust will be offering one additional Ph.D. Scholarship every three years to a student wishing to undertake doctoral studies in Plant Science. This new Scholarship is offered for the first time for 2018-19.

Caledonian Research Foundation (CRF) Scholarships

The Trust administers the CRF Scholarships on behalf of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The Scholarships are awarded and held under identical conditions as the Carnegie Ph.D. Scholarships and are under the charge and control of the Trustees of the RSE Scotland Foundation, who retain the power to alter the rules and to change the purpose and destination of the Scholarships. One Scholarship is usually awarded for study in the Life Sciences and another in Arts and Humanities.

  • Scholarship Award: The annual value of a Scholarship was £16,200 for the academic year 2017-2018 and normally rises in line with awards funded by Research Councils. Payment of the Scholarship stipend is made monthly, in advance, normally starting on 1st October.
  • In addition, the Trust will cover tuition fees at the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Indicative Fee Level for the relevant academic year (universities are expected to waive any outstanding balance).
  • The Trust will support the Scholars with expenses incurred in connection with their study or research up to £3,000 during the tenure of the Ph.D. Scholarship. Scholars can apply for this funding using a research allowance form, which will be emailed to them in advance.
  • Scholars may retain in any one year, without deduction:
    up to a maximum of £3,000 derived from bursaries, scholarships or prizes
    b. up to a maximum of £3,500 derived from fees from teaching and demonstrating
  • All income exceeding £6,500 from these sources taken together will be deducted in full from this Scholarship. Income from other sources will be ignored.
  • Nationality: All nationalities
  • Number of Scholarships: A total of 16 scholarships are available for doctoral studies starting in 2018-19.
  • Scholarship can be taken in The Carnegie Ph.D. Scholarships can only be held at a Scottish university. Tenure outside Scotland is not possible.

Eligibility for the Scholarship: 

Eligible Countries: Students of all nationalities are eligible to apply.

Entrance Requirements:

  • A First-Class Honours degree from a Scottish university is a pre-requisite for consideration for Scholarships. This First Class Honours degree must be in a subject related to the field of the proposed doctoral studies. Alongside existing graduates, final year undergraduate students expecting to achieve a First-Class Honours degree are also eligible for nomination.Please note that no exemptions are made to this requirement and nominations for students who do not hold a First Class Undergraduate Honours degree will not be accepted, except in faculties which do not award Honours, e.g. Medicine, where the equivalent standard will be expected Where an award is made in advance of graduation, it will be conditional on obtaining a First Class Honours degree.
  • A student who has already commenced study for a research degree (MPhil, Ph.D. or equivalent) is not eligible.
  • The candidate must be nominated by the prospective supervisor of the Ph.D. project and can only be submitted for consideration for a Carnegie or Caledonian Ph.D. Scholarship by one Scottish university.
  • The number of submissions per Scottish university is subject to a quota (announced annually by the Trust). Each university must select its preferred candidates, according to its quota, in sufficient time to permit submission of the online application and endorsement forms ahead of the Trust’s deadline. The current quota for nominations is available in the appendix to these Regulations.
  • The university selected candidates must register their details on the Trust’s online application system and complete an online application form. The application portal will open 4 weeks before the closing date for submissions and will be made available to the selected candidates by the administrator in charge of the selection process for the scholarships at their university. The name of the university contact is listed in the regulations for the scheme and applicant guide downloadable under the Guidelines and Regulations tab.
  • Ahead of the submission deadline, the Ph.D. candidate’s application must be endorsed online by their prospective supervisor. As part of the nomination process, the prospective supervisor must also upload an Institutional Statement of Support completed by a senior academic in the relevant Departmental/School: Head, Deputy Head, Research Director, Postgraduate Studies Director or Dean. The institutional statement of support must also include the signature of a university representative who can confirm the nominee is one of its chosen candidates. The form is available from the university contact listed in the appendix to the Regulations and under the Guidelines and Regulations tab.
  • The full online application and endorsement by the prospective supervisor for the selected candidates must be completed and submitted online to the Trust by 28th February 2018, 5:00 pm. The awards are announced by the end of May each year.
  • Nominators and Nominees are under an obligation to inform the Trust without delay of any changes to the circumstances of the Nominee, including any awards received and/or examination results obtained after the nomination has been submitted.

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

UK Scholarships

Application Procedure: 

How to Apply: The full online application and endorsement by the prospective supervisor for the selected candidates must be completed and submitted online to the Trust by 28th February 2018, 5:00 pm. The awards are announced by the end of May each year.

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