Scholarships and Funding

Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships

As we recognise that being a student can be costly, we have scholarships for every year of undergraduate study for the length of your degree. Awards are split between merit awards, for students with exceptional academic qualifications, and access awards, for students who might find it difficult to enter higher education without financial support.

All UK-based applicants for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University can apply.

John Robb Scholarships

The John Robb bursaries are awarded by the Aberdeen Endowments Trust. These scholarships are specifically for students with a connection to the city of Aberdeen, who will be studying at the University of Aberdeen. Recent awards have been for £1,000 per year with continuation provided satisfactory academic progress is made by the student.

Applications can be made at any time of the year to the Clerk of the Aberdeen Endowments Trust. Email or write to the Clerk with a letter of application and supporting evidence of registration in a course of study at the University of Aberdeen, or confirmation of a firm offer for 2016 entry.

Further information can be found at www.aberdeenendowmentstrust.co.uk

Robertson Trust Scholarships

The Robertson Trust seeks to make a difference to the lives of young people across Scotland who have the potential to benefit from a University education, but who might need financial support to enable them to get the best from their experience. Applicants should be able to demonstrate, that they:

  • Have academic potential and have demonstrated that they are likely to be able to cope with the demands of the course for which they are applying.
  • Have shown that they are positive and enthusiastic learners with a commitment to the community as well as to themselves.
  • Require financial support; almost all of the people whom we accept will be able to demonstrate evidence of financial need.

The values of the awards to be made in 2016/17 will be £2,800 per annum for students living at home and £4,000 per annum for those living away from home.

Applications, for those who hold a firm offer at the University of Aberdeen, should be completed fully and submitted to j.wright@abdn.ac.uk in the first instance. The closing date is 20th May 2016. 

Funding Database

For the fastest way to look for sources of funding search our Funding Database.

Derek Ogston & Margaret Carlaw Music Scholarships

There are three Derek Ogston & Margaret Carlaw Music Scholarships available for students commencing a BMus full-time degree at the University of Aberdeen in September 2016. This comprises 1 Carlaw Scholarship, 1 Ogston scholarship and a further Ogston scholarship (for a specific musical instrument chosen by Music).

The Carlaw Scholarship has now increased to £1,250 per annum and the 2 Ogston scholarships are valued at £1,000 per annum.

In addition, there are several other awards made each year to outstanding musicians, including organ, choral or instrumental scholarships.

University of Aberdeen Development Trust Sports Bursary Scheme

The Alumni Sports Bursary Scheme runs on an annual basis and exists to assist talented individuals to maintain their high sporting standards while in full-time study, supporting up to 20 Scholars competing at or close to National level per year.  

Charles Sutherland Scholarship for Agriculture, Engineering and Economics

Students are invited to apply for the Charles Sutherland Scholarship. For an application form please contact the School of Biological Sciences

Jim Duncan Scholarship

The Jim Duncan scholarships are open to anyone who has decided to go to University to undertake an undergraduate degree after having had a break in their education, or who are resuming their undergraduate studies at the University after an interruption, and require financial assistance. The scholarships shall initially be awarded for a two year period of the undergraduate course in order to give security to the scholars awarded.  Thereafter, the scholar may apply to have the scholarship renewed on an annual basis. The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of financial need and hardship, and academic potential. Applications from medical students would be particularly welcome.  

The two scholarships are valued at £1,500 each per annum. The scholarships will be awarded in time for the academic year 2016/17, which begins in September. Conditions apply and full information can be found in the Application Form and Guidelines detailed below.The closing date is 20 May 2016.