Scholarships and Student Funding

College Research Awards

The College Research Student Awards scheme is designed to attract high quality students applying for PhD research.

As a student with us you will work with some of the most influential academics in your chosen field and learn about the very latest developments in your subject. Those chosen exemplify the high standards the University of Edinburgh sets for its research students and the investment that we make in their potential.

Who can apply

The College Research Awards have a high number of applicants, and as a result are highly competitive. Applicants with an outstanding track record of academic achievements and research potential are encouraged to apply. Those candidates with research areas that fall under UK Research Council Awards are required to apply to the relevant Research Council as well.

Tips for writing a successful proposal

Your proposal should provide insight into what you plan to research, how you will conduct your research, and the contribution(s) it will make. At this stage your proposal provides evidence of your ability to write, think, create, and argue. It also helps indicate how your research will fit into the institution and its goals. A strong proposal contains a clear proposition and/or question, sets up outcomes that can be delivered, contains several propositions which are then connected to for the structure, is intelligible to non-experts, has a relevant audience, and shows critical thinking.


Award levels vary depending on your School. To get additional information on award amounts candidates should visit their School’s website or contact the School postgraduate office for additional information.

Schools within the College of Humanities and Social Science


Candidates for the College Research Award must be seeking to start their first year of full-time or part-time PhD study in the College of Humanities and Social Science within the academic year 2016-2017.  MSc by Research programmes are not eligible.


Applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and research potential.


Eligible applicants should complete an online scholarship application.

The deadlines for applications for each School within the College of Humanities and Social Science are as follows:

  • Business School: 1st February 2016
  • School of Divinity: 1st February 2016
  • School of Health in Social Science: 1st February 2016
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences: 1st February 2016
  • School of Social and Political Science: 1st February 2016
  • Moray House School of Education: 15th January 2016
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures: 1st February 2016
  • Edinburgh College of Art:  4th March 2016
  • School of Law: 1st February 2016

Please note 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.

In addition to the standard questions on the application, applicants should also provide the following information within their application:

  • reference to achievements made and their own assessment of their future potential.

Postgraduate Research Online Scholarship Application


Applicants will be notified of their standing by their intended School of study.  Please contact your School's postgraduate office for information on your status.

College of Humanities & Social Science

Postgraduate Office


55-60 George Square

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