Saint Andrew’s Society for Graduate Study in Scotland

The Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York has provided over 200 scholarships to promote cultural interchange and goodwill between Scotland and the United States since 1956.

The Society awards five scholarships annually, each valued at $35,000 USD, to support graduate study for one year – three for US students to study in Scotland and two for Scottish students to study in the United States – all of whom are invited to study at a university in their respective areas of study to continue their education. The scholarships are granted for tuition, maintenance and travel. The candidates are of the highest caliber and have varying fields of interest.

Requirements

  • US citizen
  • Candidates must have some Scottish descent
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Must obtain a Bachelor’s degree and have a strong undergraduate record
  • Must reside or attend school within 250 miles of New York State
  • Must be applying for a graduate program at a Scottish university

Selection Criteria

Candidates should possess the qualifications which will enable them to be good ambassadors for the United States while in Scotland. Preference will be given to candidates who have not previously studied in the United Kingdom. The basis for selection includes:

  • Academic achievement
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Financial need
  • Statement of personal objectives

Application Process

The Saint Andrew’s Society Scholarship requires institutional nomination. For consideration, the following materials should be sent to gufa@geoergetown.edu in November 2020 (exact date to be announced).

  • Completed St. Andrew’s Scholarship application form (request this form from GOFAR).
  • Responses to the following two questions; each no longer than 200 words:
    • Why do you wish to continue your education beyond the present year?
    • Why do you wish to study in Scotland, and how will this study contribute to your overall goals?
  • Resume (2 pages max)
  • Two letters of recommendation. Writers should email letters directly to gufa@georgetown.edu by the deadline. If you receive nomination, please note, GU will need signed original letters by December 9th.
  • A brief statement of your financial aid at GU and anticipated need for grad study.
  • Transcripts: For the initial campus review, unofficial transcripts are sufficient.
  • If available, a letter of affiliation/offer letter from the Scottish university. (As you are applying for the St. Andrew’s, you also apply to the Scottish university of your choice, be sure to meet the appropriate application deadline for the degree program proposed.)

Saint Andrew’s Society will select six finalists to attend an interview luncheon in New York City during February or early March. Following this luncheon, three of these finalists will be awarded a scholarship for graduate study in Scotland. 

Deadlines

  • University Endorsement Deadline: November, 2020
  • External Fellowship Deadline: December, 2020