Scholarships and Student Funding

The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Bursary 2015

A number of University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Bursaries will be offered to postgraduate students who are in receipt of a "Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan" (PTFL) during the 2015-2016 academic session.


Each bursary will have a value of £1,000 (for full-time students) and £500 (for part-time students) and will be deducted from your tuition fees.


Bursaries are awarded on the basis of significant financial need, but the University will also take account of other personal or family circumstances which might make it difficult for you to take up a place.

Academic merit is not considered since it is assumed that those who receive an offer of a place have fully demonstrated their ability and potential to benefit from postgraduate study.

Applicants must be a Scotland domiciled or a non-UK EU student studying on an eligible postgraduate programme.

Applicants also should already have:

  • applied for postgraduate admission at the University of Edinburgh
  • been offered a place at the University of Edinburgh for the 2015-2016 academic session, or in the case of students applying for a place on the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice only, received an acknowledgement of their application from the Edinburgh Centre for Professional Legal Studies
  • firmly accepted that offer or be intending to do so
  • applied or intending to apply to SAAS for a "Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan" (and must be in receipt of this loan once on programme)

Supporting Reference

Guidelines for Applicants

You need to nominate someone who is familiar with the background to your application and with your financial, personal or family circumstances and who will write a reference in support of your bursary application. This might be someone from the institution where you studied at undergraduate level, or another appropriate professional such as a social worker or GP. As we require independent verification of the general content of your application, the supporting reference should not be supplied by a member of your immediate family.

Please ask your referee to e-mail the supporting reference to

Guidelines for Referees

The supporting reference is crucial to the selection process and you are asked to provide as much information as possible. You should make specific reference to any financial need such as in the case of applicants from families with a very low income or in receipt of benefits; as well as personal or family circumstances which might jeopardise the applicant's ability to progress to postgraduate study. This may include for example such things as responsibility for the care of dependents, and/or other adverse personal circumstances not conducive to study.

Please state clearly the applicant's name and UUN number (applicants application number) along with your name and the capacity in which you are familiar with the applicant, and submit your reference by e-mail to

All information provided for bursary applications is confidential and is used solely for the purposes of bursary selection. This information does not affect the academic selection process for a place at the University of Edinburgh.


This award is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic session.


Scholarships and Financial Support Team