Financial awards for both research and taught programmes are available in a number of packages. The majority of the funding is for the PhD programme, but there is funding reserved for the support of Masters progammes, both taught and research.
Awards are offered by a number of different bodies:-
Awards vary in their size and scope. A few offer full fees with a stipend for living costs, some full fees only and others partial awards of variable amounts.
All awards are granted on grounds of academic merit and are competitive. Typically between 20% and 25% of applicants for a School of Divinity or CHSS award are offered some scholarship assistance.
Applications are successful on the basis of excellent academic results, strong academic references and indication of outstanding research potential.
Applicants to the postgraduate programmes of the School of Divinity are encouraged to apply for all awards for which they are eligible. Please note that a separate application is required for each award, except for those made by the School of Divinity, which automatically considers for Scholarships all those whom it admits to eligible programmes.
Depending on resources available, as many as ten part-awards for doctoral applicants and ten part-awards for Masters’ programmes are made each year. Doctoral awards carry an obligation for limited assistance with undergraduate teaching. These are open to those entering their first year of doctoral study. Unless otherwise stated, applications for postgraduate study should be completed by 1 February 2013 in order to be considered for a School of Divinity scholarship award.
Depending on the funds available in any year, the Miller Trust administered by the School makes awards to one or two applicants from the developing world, usually in the form of a partial award to help to fund a year of Masters study.
The application deadline for this award is 1 March 2013 and eligible applicants to the School of Divinity who have secured the offer of a place to study on a Masters programme will be considered automatically for this award.
Two scholarships are available to students accepted on a full-time basis for a one-year Masters degree. Applicants should be a citizen or a resident of the 'Global South'. The scholarships cover tuition fees and a stipend of £13,000.
In order to be considered for this award applications for postgradaute study should be completed by 1 March 2013 and eligible applicants who have secured the offer of a place to study on a Masters programme will be considered automatically for this award.
The scholarship will be awarded to a student from Africa who is accepted on a full-time Masters programme of study within the School of Divinity. The deadline for applications, which should be made separately to the application to study, is 1 April 2013 .
One or more scholarships available to students undertaking programmes of study at postgraduate level (PhD, MPhil, MTh/MSc) in Christian History, Bible and Theology on either a full-time or part-time basis in the School of Divinity. The maximum award annually is £6,250 and the deadline for applications is 1 March 2013.
One scholarship available to eligible students from Scotland, USA, Canada, the Indian Subcontinent and Africa, accepted on to a full-time postgraduate degree in the School of Divinity. This award is administered by the School of Divinity and eligible candidates who have received the offer of a place to study, by 1 March 2013, will be considered automatically.
As part of a commitment by the School of Divinity and Langham Partnership to enhance the international dimensions of theological study, and also to further theological education in the Majority world, one scholarship is offered to a suitably qualified student from the Majority (Developing) World undertaking research within theSchool of Divinity in one of the following areas; biblical studies, theology, ethics, history of Christianity and world Christianity.
Applicants should apply to both the University of Edinburgh and the Langham Partnership, and on each application clearly indicate that they intend to apply for the award. An application for the Langham Partnership Scholarship scheme, and the eligibility criteria can be found online at:
The scholarship pays tuition fees at the overseas rate and a small contribution to maintenance costs. The deadline for applications is 30 November 2012.
The Council, funded by the British government, has allowed two full doctoral studentships to the School of Divinity for applicants admitted in 2013. The awards provide full fees and a stipend. AHRC awards are for home/UK students. European Union students may apply to this funding body for fees only. Overseas students are not eligible to apply for these awards
Studentships (fees + stipend) and Scholarships (fees only) are open to those admitted to the first year of PhD research only.
The following competitions are open to School of Divinity applicants and details of these and other possible funding options are available from the University’s Scholarships and Student Funding Services. Please see the website at:
We offer a 10% discount on postgraduate fees for all alumni who have graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University.
This article was published on Jan 29, 2013