Scottish International Education Trust

Level of study
Any Postgraduate
Subject area
Arts and Law, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences, Social Sciences
UK, Scotland
Type of Award
Deadline for applying
None. Open all year.

Award Description

The Scottish International Education Trust was the brainchild of Sir Sean Connery. Having had a scant education himself, Sean is well aware of the importance of learning and the empowerment it brings. The Trust exists to give financial help to Scots men and women who show exceptional ability and promise. 

The grants are awarded on the basis of application for a specific sum, which may be linked to a particular purpose e.g. tuition, fees, books, materials, travel. Though these are primarily one-off grants, in the case of a course or activity lasting more than one year, grants may be repeated but usually only for one succeeding year.

Value of Award

Up to £2,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Scots by birth or Scots by upbringing who will have shown they have the potential for excellence in their chosen field; evidenced by a good first degree or an equivalent qualification.
  • Priority is given to postgraduate students working for a higher degree or similar qualification, especially if the course proposed does not qualify or the applicant is not eligible for assistance from public funds (i.e. a Research Council).
  • The applicant must show the ambitions and aims involving non-academic activities that marry with the aims of the Trust to be funded.

How to Apply

The application form, along with the full details of the application process, can be found on the Scottish International Education Trust website

Trustees meet twice a year to consider applications. The deadlines for applications to be considered are 7th February (for the March meeting) and 7 August (for the September meeting). Applications received after these dates will be held until the next meeting.