Postgraduate Grants

Guidelines and Criteria

Applications are considered from individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • under 30 at the start of the period of study relating to the application
  • applying for postgraduate study only
  • i) born in Scotland and studying, or planning to study, in Scotland or abroad OR ii) born elsewhere and currently studying, or planning to study, in Scotland
  • applications to be made on the appropriate form, fully completed and providing the additional material requested
  • receipt of applications will be acknowledged


  • we will announce when our next application window will opened (likely to be no earlier 1 February 2023). We are unable to accept any applications before this point. 
  • applications must be submitted by email by the 31 May deadline (late applications will not be considered). Please note the next deadline therefore is 31 May 2023. 
  • applicants notified of decisions on grants in early July

Further information

  • Applicants who are enrolling on a course within the School of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland should apply directly to the RCS in the first instance, and not via the Trust
  • where requisite qualifications, or course offer, are yet to be confirmed, a conditional grant might be offered
  • successful candidates are required to notify the Trust should the circumstances of the purpose of their grant change significantly.  That would not necessarily result in withdrawal of the grant
  • the Trustees request a report on progress of study, at the end of the term of a grant

Grant-making policy review, Autumn 2022

In the first half of 2022, The McGlashan Charitable Trust undertook a review of its grant-making policy. The aim was to ensure our limited resources had the biggest impact in line with our priorities. Our two main areas of grant-making are arts organisations and postgraduate education in Scotland. We are a small Trust, making total annual awards of around £150,000 each year.

The McGlashan Charitable Trust intends to prioritise supporting people facing socioeconomic disadvantage and projects tackling socioeconomic disadvantage. In Autumn 2022, we made some changes to our organisational award criteria and application process. We now anticipate making similar changes to our student award criteria and application process. These changes are expected from the following round for postgraduate applications:

  • 31 May 2023 deadline

Please keep an eye on our website for a note of the changes to our postgraduate application process and criteria in the near future.