Grants Officer

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

21-25 hours/week, exact hours and work pattern to be agreed with the successful candidate

Starting salary: £26,829, pro-rata Grade 6 , with possible progression to Grade 7 £32,004, pro-rata


Following a restructure of its grant portfolio as part of an ongoing consolidation of its strategic direction, the Trust wishes to appoint a professional, highly motivated and organised individual to join us as a part-time Grants Officer. The post will be based at Andrew Carnegie House in Dunfermline with occasional travel across Scotland.  

The ideal candidate will have experience of working in grants administration in Higher Education or in the charity sector, as well as knowledge and understanding of the importance of monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of grant funding. The successful candidate will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be required to take initiative and work independently to advance the Trust’s grant making activities. This is an ideal opportunity for a suitably qualified and experienced individual to join the small and dynamic team of the Carnegie Trust at an exciting time it its history.

Purpose of role

This new role aims to support and administer the Trust’s portfolio of grants for undergraduate students, postgraduate students and academic researchers in the fifteen Scottish universities. Reporting to the Trust’s Manager, the post holder will be responsible for the full grant lifecycle of the following funding schemes: Undergraduate Tuition Fee Grants; Student Hardship Fund; Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships; PhD Scholarships and Research Incentive Grants. In addition, the post holder will manage the appointment of peer reviewers as well as actively contribute to the evaluation and monitoring of grant outcomes and to the development of impact case studies and their dissemination in annual reports, newsletters and social media.

About the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

The Carnegie Trust aims to provide “funds for improving and extending the opportunities for study and research in the Universities of Scotland”. Established in 1901 under a Trust Deed signed by Andrew Carnegie, and incorporated by Royal Charter on 21 August 1902, the Trust was funded by a gift of US$10 million. The current value of the endowment is approximately £73 million yielding an income of around £3 million each year. The Trust is a registered charity in Scotland: SC015600.

Application notes

Interested individuals can download the full job description on the Trust’s website.

Applicants must submit the following documents online through the Trust’s website by the closing date of 31st August 2017, 5pm BST :

  1. An up to date CV detailing the candidate’s employment history, educational attainment and any other relevant information.
  2. A Cover Letter, explaining how their skills and experience meet the job specifications for this post.

The online submission portal will ask for the names and contact details of two referees, familiar with the candidate’s employment history and skills. One referee must be the applicant’s most recent employer and the other a previous employer.

The Carnegie Trust is committed to supporting equality and diversity and welcomes applications from suitably qualified candidates from a wide diversity of backgrounds and cultures.


To discuss the post informally, please contact Dr Patricia Krus, Manager, by email or phone: 01383 724 990.

Closing date: 31st August 2017, 5pm
Interview date: Tuesday 26th September 2017

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