Applications are currently closed. Applications for 2018/19 scholarships are expected to open late 2018.

The University is invited each year to nominate one candidate for these scholarships for study in the USA. For the academic year 2018-19, the Society offered Scholarships to the total value of $60,000 to enable Scottish graduates to study for a year in the United States. Up to two Scholarships are offered of not less than $30,000 each.

The selection process is administered for the Society by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, who will appoint the Selection Committee and make recommendations to the Society. The University is normally only permitted to submit one nomination. Please note that nomination by the University does not guarantee interview or selection and the competition for these prestigious scholarships is of the highest standard.


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, or of Oxford or Cambridge, who have completed their first degree course (so as to be qualified to graduate) not earlier than 2017;
  • or students of a Scottish university, or of Oxford or Cambridge, who expect to complete their first degree course (so as to be qualified to graduate) in 2018.

An Honours degree is not essential.


The Scholarship will be tenable from September 2018 to May 2019 at a university in the United States within a radius of 250 miles from New York City, or within the area of Washington DC. Where a student cannot find a course for his/her special subject of study within the geographical area indicated above, the Society will consider allowing the Scholarship to be held at another university in the United States.

Candidates are strongly advised to apply to more than one university. In previous years highly qualified candidates have failed to gain a place at the university of their choice, and have then found it difficult or impossible to find a place elsewhere. Applicants are also advised that the scholarship is insufficient to fund a year’s study in the US and that information on other sources of funding is available at


More information

Informal queries about the scholarship should be sent to Andrew Mackie,