Funding Eligibility and FAQ
Details on funding opportunities and answers to common questions.
Through the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Upskilling Fund, a limited number of fully-funded places are available on Data Upskilling Short Courses at The University of Edinburgh.
Funded places are available to those who meet SFC fee waiver criteria:
“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.”
If you are from outside Scotland, you need to have settled status in the UK and meet other residency criteria:
- be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for the three years immediately before course start date, and
- have ‘settled status’ in the UK (as set out in the Immigration Act 1971) at the course start date, and
- be ordinarily resident in Scotland at the course start date.
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. You can check your likely fee status here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/tuition-fees/fee-status/work-out Please email us at email@example.com 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.
Application links are on 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.
If you have questions about the application process please contact:
Course start dates are confirmed throughout the academic year. 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.
Each course has a maximum capacity for funded places so unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that everyone who is eligible can be funded. Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis.
There are several circumstances where you may be placed on a waiting list or your application for funding declined:
- Applicants are asked to agree to provide feedback so that we can evidence the impact of the funding to the Scottish Funding Council - if you do not provide this when requested and subsequently reapply for funding, you will be placed on a waiting list. You can then choose whether to provide feedback to secure a funded place or wait to find out if there is still a funded place available one week before the start date.
- In order to ensure that we make funding available to as many people as possible, you will be placed on a waiting list if you reapply for funding having already been funded for five or more courses. You will be notified whether space is available one week before the start date.
- If you do not complete a course i.e. you do not receive a completion certificate, you are unlikely to be awarded a funded place on another course in the future unless you notify us before the withdrawal deadline or have extenuating circumstances.
- If you have been penalised for academic misconduct on a Data Upskilling Short Course, any future applications for funding will be declined.
Yes, if you do not meet the funding eligibility for the course or there are no more funded places available, you can pay for a place if there is space. Fees are listed on each Course page.
Some of our credit-bearing courses are offered as part of a postgraduate programme at The University of Edinburgh - if you pass, you can use credits achieved as a recognition of prior learning, subject to the approval of the Programme Director. Details of further study options are available on each course webpage.