Graduate School

PhD students

Below is information about some of the scholarships and funding opportunities available to postgraduate research students. Please search the Scholarships and Student Funding pages where you mind find other awards you may be eligible for.

Wolfson Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities

The deadline for this scholarship has now passed. The Wolfson Foundation will offer six research scholarships for UK students within the History, Literature or Languages disciplines.

The McMillan Awards

These one-year awards are for on-programme PhD students. Professor James F. (Jim) McMillan (1948-2010), was Richard Pares Professor of History and the founding Head of the (then) School of History and Classics at Edinburgh. He was a celebrated researcher, teacher and postgraduate supervisor, and the School wishes to associate a new generation of scholars with his achievement and legacy.

Kerr-Fry PhD Scholarship

One scholarship will be available to former students of at least three years standing at George Watson's College, Edinburgh who have been accepted at the University of Edinburgh on a full-time PhD degree programme in any subject offered by the University.

External Funding

The School is also happy to support PhD candidates applying for external funding for their PhD.

Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships

The deadline for 2016/17 entry has now passed. The University will offer 45 PhD scholarships for students starting their PhD research at the University in the 2016-2017 academic session. Two are available in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.

Jenny Balston Scholarships

The deadline for 2016-17 has now passed. These awards are funded through a bequest from the estate of Miss Janet Mary Balston, MA (1971), to the University of Edinburgh Development Trust.

Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarships

The deadline for 2016-17 is now passed. Open to well qualified UK and EU students in certain disciplines may apply for the Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarships under the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme.

Economic and Social Research Council studentships 2016

The deadline for 2016/17 is now passed. Open to well qualified UK and EU students in certain disciplines may apply for the Economic and Social Research Council studentships. Students should apply to the council most relevant to their area of study.

The William R McFarlane Scholarship

The deadline for 2017/17 entry has now passed.The Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies offers the William R. McFarlane Scholarship for candidates who meet the relevant criteria and are accepted onto a PhD programme in the SHCA.