Individual Application: Other Awards

Please note that to be eligible for these awards you must meet the essential criteria for individual applicants i.e.:

1) You are of SCOTTISH BIRTH OR PARENTAGE (at least one of your parents must have been born in Scotland); and

2) Your proposed study or project can be shown to extend the boundaries of your knowledge of human life.

If these criteria are met, the following are the other categories for awards (click for further details).

Vacation Studies in the Arts

Please read these guidance notes carefully before considering whether or not to complete the relevant form.

The Cross Trust supports a system of awards to promote the interest of the most distinguished undergraduates in the general field of the Arts.  The Trustees adopt a broad interpretation as to what is understood by the Arts.  The field is not to be restricted only to the subjects covered by the traditional "Faculty of Arts".  These vacation study awards are to enable students of the highest academic merit and limited financial circumstances to attend conferences, symposia, workshops or master classes or to visit libraries, museums, galleries, concerts or centres of excellence in direct and demonstrable connection with their studies.

As the Trust funds are limited, awards will in effect be competitive and will be made on the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty concerned or the equivalent University Officer.  The Trust hopes to be able to support 15-20 such awards each year and these will be open to students from all Scottish Universities and the final decision will rest with the Trustees themselves.

The Cross Trust is familiar with the Carnegie Vacation Scholarship Scheme which is in operation for the benefit of Science Undergraduates.  The Cross Trust Scheme is intended to extend vacation support within the fields of the Arts and the Performing Arts on a somewhat different basis.  In consequence, in no circumstances will a candidate be considered for both awards and dual applications will be considered void.

These awards are made under the overall requirements of The Cross Trust Constitution and the interpretation thereof by the Trustees.  Applicants must be of Scottish birth or parentage and must show outstanding academic merit.  Moreover, the Trustees will take into account the financial circumstances of applicants and consider whether the proposed study could not be undertaken without support.

An individual will only be eligible for one award under these Regulations.  Accordingly, any student who received an Arts Vacation Award in a previous year will be ineligible to apply for a further award.

Applications should be made on the Arts Vacation Application Form after consultation with the Dean or appropriate academic officer and (may be supported as thought fit by referees).  These regulations and the application form may be photocopied for use within Universities.  Only application forms bearing original signatures should be submitted.

Candidates should be nominated by the appropriate Dean or appropriate academic officer who requires to be satisfied that the form has been appropriately completed.  The form should then be signed by the Dean or appropriate academic officer and submitted along with any supporting references direct to the Secretaries.  "Nonetheless the applicant is responsible for ensuring submission of his/her application by the deadline".

A condition of any award is that the recipient should, on completion of the Course of Project for which the award is made, submit a report to the Trustees.

It is intended that up to date regulations and application forms will be sent to the relevant University offices in January of each year.  The closing date for submission to the Trust will be:

  • 1st April

Candidates will be notified direct of the outcome of their applications.

If you are considering submitting an application under this category, please read our detailed requirements regarding various financial factors and references before completing the application form on the how to apply page.



Medical Elective Studies Abroad

Please read these guidance notes carefully before considering whether or not to complete the relevant form.

The main purpose of the Medical Elective Awards is to assist students to participate in Elective studies abroad.  The applications will be considered by reference to the financial hardship which would, apart from an award from this Trust, be imposed on the applicant or his or her family.  The Trustees will take into account whether the proposed study could not be undertaken without support.  Accordingly full information of financial circumstances is required including details of applications which have been made to other organisations or trusts.

The appropriate application form which is headed "Medical Elective Studies Application" must be completed.  Following completion the application requires to be passed to the Dean of Faculty or the equivalent academic member of staff for completion of the recommendation specified at the end of the form.  The request is that the member of staff should then arrange for the application form to be submitted.

Awards will be determined on a competitive basis and no more than TWENTY such awards will be made in any one year.  The Trustees will reach their decisions at their discretion but with such expert assessors as they see fit to consult.  The member of staff who submits applications, should retain applications and submit them together prior to the relevant closing date so that on submission, his or her own assessment of priority for the applications may be indicated in a covering letter to the Secretaries.

Students who have already received support from this Trust for a period of Elective study abroad are not eligible for further support.

The commencement of any Elective study must not be any earlier than one month after the relevant closing date for the receipt of the application.

There are three closing dates for the receipt of applications, dependent on the proposed period of study:

  • 1st April
  • 30th September
  • 31st December

Notification regarding decisions made by the Trustees will be made direct to the individual applicants and not to the University's offices or officials.

A condition of any award is that the recipient should, on completion of the studies for which the award is made, submit a report to the Trustees.

If you are considering submitting an application under this category, please read our detailed requirements regarding various financial factors and references before completing the application form on the how to apply page.



Horticultural Studies – The John Fife Travel Award

Please read these guidance notes carefully before considering whether or not to complete the relevant form.

The Trust administers these annual travel awards for young people of Scottish birth or parentage who are either studying or working in horticulture.  Normally the Trustees will only consider people under 30 years old for these awards, although in exceptional cases consideration may be made for those up to 40 years old.  Normally awards will be made for a maximum of £500, but with consideration for exceptional projects up to £1,000.

If you are considering submitting an application under this category, please read our detailed requirements regarding various financial factors and references before completing the application form on the how to apply page.