Applicants must be full time undergraduates (normally up to and including the summer before final year), be nominated by a Department in one of the Scottish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and have a class record indicative of good research potential. There is no restriction on home institution or nationality.
A Scholarship may be held at any of the Scottish HEIs but not necessarily at the applicant's home HEI. Students interested in holding a scholarship at another institution are advised to contact that institution at the earliest opportunity. Projects will be specified by the Institution and must be astronomical in content. The Scholar must be involved in original research work requiring initiative on his or her part (for example, library survey projects are not supported).
The value of each Cormack Scholarship is £120 per week and of the Piazzi Smyth Scholarship £145 per week, and the maximum length of each Scholarship is six weeks. Therefore the maximum values of these Scholarships are £750 and £870 respectively.
A Scholarship cannot be held in conjunction with other vacation awards (eg Carnegie, Nuffield) though additional Departmental support is permissible. Normally not more than one Scholarship will be made to an individual during their degree. Applicants should indicate on the form if they are applying for other funds for similar vacation scholarship schemes.
The financial support of the Royal Society of Edinburgh is limited to the amount of the student subsistence Scholarship, and excludes further overheads, bench fees and the like.
This award is forming the pilot stage of a new application process, which requires applicants to create or login to a user account (as detailed in the regulations). The application form can be downloaded by clicking the "Apply for Funding" link on the left hand side when logged into the account.