Saint Andrew's Society of the State of New York Scholarship

Saint Andrew's Society of the State of New York Scholarship

Image of US cityThe Saint Andrew's Society for the State of New York Scholarship offers funding to the total value of $70,000 for Scottish graduates to study in the United States. Up to two scholarships will be offered of up to $35,000 each.

Applications for 2024/25 are currently open. The deadline for submitting applications has been extended until Friday 1st March 2024 (midnight).

Eligibility for 2024/25

Candidates must be Scottish by birth or descent, and will be expected to have current knowledge of Scotland and Scottish current affairs, and of the Scottish tradition generally. The Society expects its scholars to be good ambassadors for Scotland.

Candidates must also be:

  • either graduates of a Scottish university who have completed their first degree course (so as to be qualified to graduate) not earlier than 2023.
  • or students of a Scottish university who expect to complete their first degree course (so as to be qualified to graduate) in 2024.

What you need to know

  • The Scholarship is tenable from August 2024 to May 2025 at a university in the United States within a radius of 250 miles of New York City, or within the area of Washington DC. If you can't find a course for your subject of study within this area the Society will consider allowing the scholarship to be held at another university in the United States.
  • It is important to apply early as application deadlines for some universities will be before the scholarship deadline. It is highly recommended that you read the advice on the Fulbright Commission website about timelines and other important information on applying for further study in the United States.
  • It is highly advisable to apply to more than one university in case your application for your first-choice of university is unsuccessful.
  • The scholarship is insufficient to fund a year’s study in the United States. Information on other sources of funding is available at It is the candidate's responsibility to fully research the total likely cost of studying at their chosen university, as well as the cost of travel and accommodation.
  • Once an application has been accepted by an American university a deposit will need to be paid to the university to secure the place offered. The payment of the deposit may be required before the final outcome of the selection process for the scholarship.
  • Although this is a prestigious scholarship if you meet the eligibility criteria and submit a strong application you have a realistic chance of success. A University of Aberdeen graduate was succeessful in gaining one of the scholarships for 2023/24 and is currently studying at Boston University.  

I am grateful for the opportunity to be a scholar for the Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York this year and to study international law at Boston University. Studying law in the US has expanded my legal knowledge and connected me with friends from across the world. I have actively participated in the Boston Athletics Club and Mooting Society, providing me with a distinctive American college experience. I’m looking forward to tackling the New York Bar exam next year.

Eilidh Cattanach, University of Aberdeen graduate and Saint Andrew's Society of the State of New York Scholar, 2023-24

Find out more about all of the 2023-24 scholars

How to apply

Applications should be submitted using the application form (see link below). Please note that section 4 of the form asks you to provide reasons for wanting to study in the US and how you would benefit from the award. We advise you to write full answers to these questions and provide specific reasons. More advice on completing application forms.

You can receive feedback on your application by booking a CV/ application appointment or submitting a virtal adviser query. More information on these options.

In addition to the application form you are required to submit two academic references (see form below) from your undergraduate university. The referee forms must be signed and dated by you and your referees (electronic signatures are acceptable). 

Completed application forms and referee forms should be sent to Andrew Mackie, Careers Information Manager, Careers and Employability Service. The closing date is midnight on Friday 1st March 2024. Please note that deadlines for some universities in the US will be much earlier than this (see What you need to know section above). 

If you have any queries please contact Andrew Mackie in the Careers and Employability Service.