Carnegie Trust PhD Scholarship Competition [Deadline : 20 January ,2017]

Carnegie Trust PhD Scholarship Competition

Carnegie Trust PhD Scholarship Competition


Queen Margaret University has the opportunity to nominate two PhD students for the prestigious Carnegie Trust PhD scholarship scheme for study commencing in September 2017. The prospective candidates must hold, or expect to gain, a first class Honours undergraduate degree from a Scottish University and wish to pursue three years of postgraduate research leading to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Queen Margaret University.

The Carnegie Trust makes no restriction on the subject or field. However, in order to be nominated by QMU the PhD must be in an area which is aligned with the University’s research interests, and is a topic in which it is able to supervise.

Please see our Research Centres for further information.


The stipend for academic year 2016-17 is £15,900, and the value normally rises in line with awards funded by Research Councils. Payment of the scholarship stipend will be made monthly, in advance, and will normally start on the 1st October in each year.

Tuition fees

In addition, the Carnegie Trust will meet the cost of tuition fees for the successful candidates up to the RCUK rate of £4,121.

Research expenses and costs

The Carnegie Trust will help cover special expenses incurred by Scholars in connection with their research, subject to confirmation by their Supervisor (£1000 per year). Eligible costs include small items of equipment, travel, accommodation and subsistence when conducting research or presenting at a conference or workshop.

Income from teaching or other bursaries

Scholars may retain, in any one year, up to a maximum of £3,000 derived from bursaries or prizes, and may also retain fees from teaching or demonstrating, up to a maximum of £3,500. All income exceeding £6,500 from these sources taken together will be deducted in full. Income from other sources will be ignored.

Who can apply?

A First-Class Honours degree from a Scottish university is a pre-requisite for consideration for Scholarships. Alongside existing graduates, final year undergraduate students expecting to achieve a First-Class Honours degree are also eligible for nomination.

A student who has already commenced study on the PhD Programme is not eligible. A Bursary can only be awarded before the successful applicant has started his or her course.

The candidate must be nominated by the prospective supervisor of the PhD project and can only be nominated for a Carnegie or Caledonian PhD Scholarship by one university.

The number of nominations per Scottish university is subject to a quota (announced annually by the Carnegie Trust). QMU has been granted two nominations for applications by students starting in September 2017. QMU will manage the selection process and will provide a statement of institutional support to two candidates only.

How do I apply?

Applicants should download the PhD Scholarship Nomination Form and complete Part 1 of the form, relating to academic achievements to date and the project he or she proposes to undertake. The project description must be written in the student’s own words.

The prospective supervisor must complete Part 2 of the form, providing information on the supervisory arrangements which will be put in place, including co-supervision if relevant to the proposal, and information on specialist and/or transferable skills training. The supervisor should also explain what particular expertise he, or she, will offer in support of the candidate’s research, why the research question is important and worth investigating and what impact it might have. Any ethical issues attached to the research and what arrangements will be put in place to address these should also be addressed in this section.

An academic referee, familiar with the student’s academic record to date and potential for postgraduate research should complete Part 3 of the form. The referee cannot bethe prospective supervisor.

The completed nomination form should be sent to the relevant Research Centre Director by 5pm on Friday 20 January 2017.

Research Centre Directors will then complete Section 1 of the Statement of Institutional Support Form and submit both forms to GraduateSchool@qmu.ac.uk by Friday 27 January 2017.

The Graduate School Academic Board will then meet to decide which two applications will be selected to receive institutional support, and become eligible for application to the Scholarship Scheme.

The Graduate School Team will complete Section 2 of the “Statement of Institutional Support Form” and send the completed form to the candidate’s prospective supervisor.

The prospective supervisor must then submit the application to the Carnegie Trust no later than 5pm on Tuesday 28 February 2017.

The competition timetable for entry in the academic year 2017-18 is set out below.



Completion Date

Potential Supervisory Team approach possible candidates to assess interest in the competition

Proposed Supervisory Teams

January 2017

Proposed Supervisory Teams and Candidates send completed application form to Research Centre Directors

Proposed Supervisory Teams and Candidates

Friday 20 January 2017

Research Centre Directors submit nominated applications and letters of support to the Graduate School

Research Centre Directors

Friday 27 January 2017

Graduate School Academic Board meet to CONSIDER applications

Graduate School Academic Board

W/C 06 February 2017

Graduate School issue a letter confirming institutional support to the successful candidates

Graduate School Team

W/C 06 February 2017

Successful applications submitted to the Carnegie Trust

Supervisors on behalf of successful candidates

Tuesday 28 February 2017 (17:00)

Successful applicants NOTED by Research Strategy Committee

Research Strategy Committee

Wednesday 01 March 2017

Application Forms

The Nomination Form should be completed by candidates and their prospective supervisors.

The Statement of Institutional Support form should be completed by Research Centre Directors.



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