National funding competitions are an excellent source of funding for non-UK students, and you are very strongly encouraged to apply to any such schemes for which you are eligible. (Research Council scholarships are the main corresponding scheme for UK students.) Often the success rate is greater than for any source of funding we can provide, and in some cases stipend levels are more generous.
Each year, the School receives a Doctoral Training Account (DTA) from EPSRC which is used to support PhD students.
Allocation of these scholarships are under the control of the Graduate School and decisions are made in April. A separate application is not required but a complete application for admission must have been received by the end of March.
Non-UK EU students can only receive funding for tuition fees from this source. An exception is for EU students who have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to starting a PhD, even if their residency in the UK has been for education; such students can also receive a stipend to cover living expenses.
As with the EPSRC above.
ESRC offers funding through its DTC network, which includes Edinburgh. As above, a separate application is not required but you should note on your admission application if you believe your background or research topic makes you eligible for funding from this source.
The Neuroinformatics Doctoral Training Centre provides a number of 4-year scholarships per year, covering a 1-year MSc plus 3 years of PhD study.
The British Council is a good source of information for non-UK student funding opportunities.
This scholarship, which covers fees and stipend at UK/EU level for 3 years, is designed for students who plan to start a technology business following their PhD studies.
Scholarship holders will undertake a programme of training and development in entrepreneurship alongside their normal PhD studies, tapping into the support offered by the Informatics commercialisation team under PROSPEKT and Informatics Ventures.
A donation from Mary and Armeane Choksi funds a one-year full scholarship to a first-year PhD student in Informatics, covering home fees and living expenses.
Any applicant to the School of Informatics is eligible, irrespective of topic.
A complete application for admission must have been received by the end of March.
IBM runs an international competition for these fellowships. Students must already be enrolled for PhD study to be eligible.
Successful candidates receive a stipend plus fees for one year, renewable for up to two further years. They are also encouraged to spend time at an IBM research or development lab as a paid intern.
Candidates are selected on the basis of their potential for research excellence, the degree to which their technical interests align with those of IBM, and their academic progress to-date.
Microsoft Research runs an international competition for these scholarships. Awards are made to a supervisor for a specific research topic, whereupon the supervisor has up to a year to find a suitable student. Topics are restricted to a specific set of research areas and students cannot apply directly to Microsoft.
Applicants for these fellowships are nominated from among those applications for admission that are received by 15th January; students cannot apply directly to Google.
This scholarship scheme, run by Google, offers a 5000 euro scholarship for a single academic year. Only females are eligible.
Some funding is available directly from the School of Informatics Graduate School and each of the seven institutes. Students need not apply for this funding via a separate application but a complete application for admission must have been received by the end of March.
This article was published on Nov 7, 2012