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How to Apply for the Stevenson Exchange Scholarship

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The Stevenson Exchange Scholarship was founded in 1932 by Sir Daniel Stevenson, Chancellor of the University of Glasgow. The goal of the Scholarship is to promote friendly relations between students of Scotland, Germany, France and Spain. It offers a fantastic funding opportunity to students at Scottish universities who are undertaking study placements at universities in these 3 countries. This guide will explain how to apply for the Stevenson Exchange Scholarship and outline the stages of the application process.

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

To be eligible for the Scholarship, students must fulfil 3 criteria:

  • be a student at a Scottish university or one in France, Germany or Spain.
  • be about to complete a year abroad as part of their degree in France, Germany, Spain or the UK.
  • be under 25 years old.

How to apply for the Scholarship:

If you fulfil these criteria, you are eligible to apply for the Scholarship. To do so, you should complete and submit the application form available on your university’s study abroad page. If you cannot find it, email the study abroad team at your institution for help.

The application form requires you to submit your personal details and write a short paragraph outlining how you will use the funds to act as an ambassador for Scotland or your relevant country on your year abroad.

You will then be invited for an interview, which takes place in front of 3 panel members. The interview lasts about 10 minutes and is pretty informal. You’ll be asked about your course and what you’re studying, and how you would intend to use the money to act in an ambassadorial role while abroad. Consider talking about organising cultural activities such as language or culinary exchanges, and participating in extracurricular activities at your host institution such as debating club or Model United Nations.

How much is the Stevenson Scholarship award:

The award you will receive ranges from £250 to £4,000, and is at the discretion of the panel. Their judgement will depend on the strength of your application, your interview performance, and how much money they believe you’ll need to successfully achieve your goals while abroad.

The only further requirement you need to fulfil is writing a short review at the end of your year abroad, detailing briefly how you used the money and how successful you were in achieving your aims.

You’ll receive your funds once you have travelled to your partner institution and submitted evidence of enrolment, which will usually be a signed confirmation of start document.

This is all you need to do to apply for a Stevenson Exchange Scholarship. The process is very straightforward, and well worth completing to receive a welcome boost to your finances while abroad.

Further information can be found on the websites of the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, and St. Andrews.

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