The William R McFarlane PhD Scholarship

About the award

One scholarship will be awarded to the best full-time applicant who meets the criteria below and is accepted onto a PhD in History. The value of the award is £15,000 per year for the duration of the recipient's PhD degree programme (three years, subject to satisfactory progress).

The Scholarship will cover the UK/EU rate of tuition fees, a stipend and research allowance (£450).

The scholarship is funded by a leading financier and his wife who have pledged their support for a new historical centre at the University of Edinburgh, which will study the influence of Scots abroad. Investment fund manager Alan McFarlane and his wife, Anne, have donated £1 Million to the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies, to support two PhD scholarships in perpetuity and provide 10 undergraduate access bursaries to help students in financial need. The gift is believed to be the largest private donation to a history-related project at a British University. The McFarlanes are both Edinburgh graduates.


Applicants for the scholarship must be able to demonstrate the relevance of their proposed project to the history of Scottish emigration and/or the impact of Scottish mobility on overseas countries or related themes. Proposals may focus on any period from the medieval centuries to recent times.

Successful applicants will become members of the Scottish Centre of Diaspora Studies, directed by Professor Tom Devine, and participate in the Centre’s activities, including its graduate workshop in Diaspora Studies.

Informal enquiries about the awards can be addressed to Associate Director of the Centre, Dr Alex Murdoch,


The application deadline for this award his February 3, 2014. Further information on the application process will be posted in autumn 2013.

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