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Funding, Eligibility and How to Apply

Details on funding opportunities available and the application process.


Through the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Upskilling Fund and National Transition Training Fund, a number of fully-funded places are available at The University of Edinburgh on short, standalone courses from the Data Skills Workforce Development Training portfolio.  


Funded places are available to those who meet Scottish Funding Council (SFC) fee waiver criteria.  Note that course places are limited and priority will be given to those who meet the criteria for SFC-funded places.

Determining eligibility for a funded place for upskilling takes a number of things into account, including fee status, but also location of employer. SFC provide guidance specifically for upskilling courses:

“Courses/provision is open to all Scottish-domiciled/’home fee’ students, which is consistent with SFC’s policy for core funded student places. Students from the rest of the UK (rUK) are not normally considered eligible for SFC funding. If however a university is working with a Scottish/UK employer which has a physical presence or operating in Scotland, rUK employees of that employer would be eligible.”

Organisations like UKCISA, and the University, provide guidance on how to determine your fee status:

If your fee status is Scotland Fee Rate, RUK Fee Rate, or EU-EEA Pre/Settled Scotland Fee rate, you may be eligible for a funded upskilling place. To determine this we will look at your fee status, residency information and, where relevant, details of your employer, to confirm whether the employer is based in, or has a significant presence, in Scotland.

Funding eligibility will be assessed at the point of each application for each course; you may be asked to provide further information if you do not meet the general residence conditions. Please email us at if you would like to discuss your funding eligibility before applying.

Please note that full-time students (including full-time PhD students) are not eligible for funding.

Funding eligibility criteria for the National Transition Training Fund in the 2021/22 session is still to be confirmed.

How to Apply

Courses are now updated for the 2021/22 academic year.

Each course will have a distinct start date which you can find on the Calendar of Courses webpage and each individual Course page.  

Application links are available in each individual course webpage and can be accessed by clicking on the 'How to Apply' drop down menu. Details about entry requirements and any supporting documentation required can also be found on each page.  

You can register your interest by joining our mailing list to be kept up to date with all the latest course start dates and new additions to the portfolio.

If you have questions about the application process please contact:

You may find additional information in the FAQ section helpful as well: 

Frequently Asked Questions