Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships are an incredible opportunity to study in a country with world-leading universities and a long tradition of academic excellence. Our chosen scholars are people who aspire to become influential leaders in their future careers. They have wide ranging interests outside their studies and a desire to broaden their personal and academic experience in Scotland.

Find out more about the study options available

EU Students

EU and EEA students looking to begin their studies from Autumn 2021 and January will now be eligible for a new EU scholarship scheme within the Saltire Scholarship programme. In line with the Scottish Funding Council's announcement, one scholarship place is based on £8,000 for universities and £4,000 for colleges. Students should contact their university for information on the application process.  

Read the Scottish Funding Council announcement

Canada, China (including Hong Kong), India, Japan, Pakistan and USA Students

The scheme offers up to 50 awards, each worth £8000, towards tuition fees for any one year of full time study on a postgraduate Masters programme at any of Scotland’s higher education institutions

Scholarships are available to citizens of the following countries: Canada, China (including Hong Kong), India, Japan, Pakistan and USA. 

Saltire Scholars will also have the opportunity to take part in a programme of activities over and above their studies, including dialogue with the academic and business community in Scotland.

As one of our Saltire Scholars, you’ll act as an ambassador not only for the Saltire Scholarships programme, but also for Scotland. You can find out more about these aspects of the scholarship in the requirements page

In order to apply for a Saltire Scholarship candidates must have a conditional or unconditional offer of a place at a Scottish university on an eligible course. See the full list of eligibility criteria.

If you meet the eligibility requirements for the EU and EEA scholarships please contact your institution for further information. The deadline for Saltire Scholarship applications for students from Canada, China (including Hong Kong), India, Japan, Pakistan and USA has now passed and applications are closed.

Meet this year's Saltire Scholars

Want to know what it's really like studying in Scotland, straight from the students' mouths? We asked the 2020-21 cohort of Saltire Scholars to share a bit about themselves, how they're settling in to their new lives, and what they love about Scotland so far.

Meet the scholars