Carnegie Trust Vacation Scholarship
The Vacation Scholarship Scheme is intended for Scottish students undertaking an undergraduate degree course at a Scottish university, who have shown exceptional merit at university, and who would like to devote some portion of the long vacation to undertake a programme of independent research of direct benefit to their academic work.
Your project must be a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of twelve weeks. The value of the Scholarship is based on the Scottish Living Wage rate for 35 hours a week. The value is adjusted each year to take into account any increase to the Scottish Living Wage.
Who is it for?
- Undergraduate students who enrolled at a Scottish university, the Glasgow School of Art or the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
- Allowed to live and work fulltime in UK during the period from May to August
- Approaching their final year of study: year 3 of a 4 year degree, or year 3 or 4 of a 5 year degree.
- On track to achieve a 2:1 or higher in their final degree classification.
What’s a Vacation Scholarship?
- It enables students to gain research experience and skills while undertaking lab work, field work, library or archive visits, interviews, surveys etc.
- It aims to encourage students to consider postgraduate studies.
- It is for new, innovative research projects that would not normally be part of the student’s course.
- The project must address a specific hypothesis or research question.
- It may lead to new scientific, academic or intellectual knowledge, a new product, technology, or creative product.
- It must result in a final report, provide opportunities to present research findings to others and enable the acquisition or development of specific research skills and/or knowledge.
- The student must design his, or her, own project and write the research proposal.
- An academic has to provide supervision during the project and advise on the design of the proposal.
- The scheme provides a weekly stipend based on the Scottish Living Wage.
What it isn’t
- The scholarships can’t be used for language study or for participating in summer schools or group expeditions.
- It does not support work placements or volunteering activities.
- It can’t be part of the student’s assessed course work: e.g. it can’t be the same topic as the final year dissertation, although it could address a sub-set of issues or questions that could be expanded into a thesis.
- It can’t be the continuation of an existing or ongoing project or study.
- At any time between May and August.
- It is full-time, 35 hours a week, for a maximum of 12 weeks and a minimum of 2- typically 6-8 weeks.
- Weeks do not necessarily have to be consecutive.
- The research project can be undertaken at the student’s own university, a host research organisation or elsewhere, as long as relevant research supervision and resources are available.
- It can take place in Scotland or anywhere else in the world.