Graduate School

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.


About the award

The deadline for 2016/17 entry has now passed.

Applications for the scholarship are invited from candidates engaged in the history of Scottish migration or related diaspora themes. Although Scottish history is a core concern, the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies (SCDS) has broad transnational interests and welcomes projects relating to other nations which put the Scottish example in a comparative perspective.

The total value of the award is £18,000 per year for the duration of the recipient’s PhD programme (usually three years subject to satisfactory progress).

For more information on the award and how to apply, please see the link below


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for these awards must:

  • have submitted a complete application for study in EUCLID by the deadline below
  • hold a UK first class honours undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant field
  • demonstrate an equally high standard of academic performance in a postgraduate master’s degree in a relevant field, or be on course to do so

Applications for the scholarship must also demonstrate the relevance of their topic to the history of Scottish migration or any related diaspora theme and are not bound by geography or chronology. The SCDS has broad transnational interests and current projects are focused on issues surrounding Memory and Identities (including military Scottishness; Welshness in England; a comparison between the Irish diasporas in Melbourne and Chicago; and mapping memories of slavery) and Diasporas in the Early Modern Atlantic World (including Scots, Dutch, Jews, and enslaved Africans) but applicants are not confined to these topics. All high quality proposals relating to migration or diaspora studies in any period from medieval to recent times will be considered.

Successful applicants will become members of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies which has a lively and supportive postgraduate community. They will be expected to participate in the Centre’s activities including the graduate workshop in Diaspora Studies.

Informal enquiries about the awards can be made to Dr Nuala Zahedieh



Apply for study with us using the online form, application to be complete by Monday 25 January 2016. Please note that the University of Edinburgh is closed from the 24th December 2015 until the 4th January 2016.  

Apply for your programme of study

The deadline for applying for the William R McFarlane Scholarship is Friday 1st February 2016. The online form is available at

Online application form