The Trust exists to assist distinguished Aberdeen University graduates, preferably with Honours, and preferably in Arts, to continue their studies in Arts or in any other branches of higher learning at any institution outside Scotland. Students with a Science degree are still encouraged to apply.


We must point out that the Trust’s funds are limited, and would not want applicants to have unrealistic expectations. While the level of awards varies according to the funds available and the number of applicants, the Trust has been able in recent years to support around three or four students embarking on courses outside Scotland, to the extent of £800-£1500 a year. However, this level of support can no doubt make all the difference for certain aspirants who would otherwise be unable to embark on study outside Scotland without this assistance. Governors of the John Reid Trust, February 2015


All students graduating from the University of Aberdeen with an undergraduate degree aspiring to study at postgraduate level at an institution outside Scotland. Preference will be given to students graduating with a degree in an Arts subject, but Science graduates should still apply.


Postgraduate study must be undertaken at an institution outside Scotland.

Application Procedure

Application forms can be downloaded below. Completed applications should be sent to Ann Marie Johnston at by the closing date. If you have any queries about the Trust please contact Ms Johnston through the email address above or on 01224 273181.


31st of July 2020

Application Docs