Scholarships and Student Funding

The Eric Liddell China Saltire Scholarships

The University of Edinburgh will offer 10 Master's scholarships for postgraduate study in any subject offered by the University for the 2016-2017 academic session.

The Eric Liddell China Saltire Scholarship was set up in 2012 in memory of Eric Liddell who won the men's 400 metres at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. Eric Liddell loved China. He was born there in 1902 and spent his early years there. Following his university education at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and his Olympic triumph in Paris, he returned to China to serve as a missionary.

Each scholarship, which will be tenable for one academic year, will have a value of £5,000 which will be deducted from tuition fees.

The Scottish Government in partnership with the University of Edinburgh will share the cost of these awards.


The Eric Liddell Scholarships will allow candidates who are Chinese citizens and who are permanent residents of mainland China at the time of applying, to study on a one year Masters programme at the University of Edinburgh.

The Scholarships will be awarded to students accepted onto full-time one year masters programmes in in any subject area at the University of Edinburgh.

The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit with candidates requiring the equivalent of a first-class honours degree.


This award is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic session.

Selection Procedure

A Selection Committee will meet in May 2016 to select the scholarship holders. The winners of the scholarships will be announced in May 2016.

Scholarships and Financial Support Team