Scholarships and Student Funding

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship

These awards are designed to attract high quality overseas research students to the University of Edinburgh.

30 Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships will be awarded for session 2016-2017.

Each award covers the difference between the tuition fee for a UK/EU graduate student and that chargeable to an overseas graduate student. The awards do not cover maintenance expenses.

Subject to satisfactory progress, the awards are tenable for up to three years.


The awards are open to overseas students commencing a PhD in any field of study in 2016-2017.

Applicants must be liable to pay tuition fees at the rate applicable to overseas students and must have already applied for admission to a full-time PhD research programme of study.

Academic merit

Applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and research potential.

Although candidates with an upper second class honours Bachelor's degree (or the overseas equivalent) can be considered, in order to be competitive you should really have a first class Bachelor's degree supplemented by an excellent Master's degree.

Other factors such as financial status, nationality and the proposed field of study are not taken into account.

Excluding factors

The University of Edinburgh will not generally consider candidates who have already obtained a PhD, or formal equivalent, as a result of direct research training.

Students already on programme can not be considered for these awards.

Please also note that if you have applied for consecutive registration where you will start your Master's programme of study in 2016 and your PhD the following year in 2017, that you will not be eligible to apply for an award in 2017.

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships cannot be held concurrently with fully-funded scholarships such as a Commonwealth Scholarship, or a Marshall Scholarship.


To apply for a scholarship you must first apply for admission for an eligible programme of study at the University of Edinburgh. We recommend that applicants do this as early as possible and well in advance of the scholarship deadline.


Eligible applicants should complete an online scholarship application by 1st February 2016.

Please note that you will not be able to access the online application form unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh and have full EASE authentication.

Postgraduate Research Online Scholarship Application

Notification of award

All applicants will be informed of the outcome in May 2016.


For more details on this award please contact Scholarships and Student Funding Services.


Scholarships and Financial Support Team