Biological Sciences

PhD Funding

A variety of funding and scholarship schemes are available through University funds, organisations and industrial sponsors.

AHRC Scholarships

How Do I Apply for PhD Funding?

Applying for funding is a separate process to applying for a PhD.

However as part of the PhD application process, you will be guided through potential funding options and asked to indicate how you will fund your PhD.

When you click 'how to apply' on any of our advertised PhD projects you will be taken through a series of steps:  


Step Stage Description Funding Advice
1. Eligibility Checklist Pre-application 

Our eligibility checklist is a short series of steps that allows you to check if you meet the criteria to apply for the PhD project you are interested in.

Your answers are not recorded and completing an eligibility checklist does not commit you to making a PhD application (Step 2).


The eligibility checklist will suggest which of the funding schemes, listed below, you may be able to apply for - based on your answers and the project type. 

It will also provide guidance on how to make a funding application. 

2. University’s online application system - EUCLID PhD application After you have completed the eligibility checklist you will have the option to apply through the University’s online application system – EUCLID.

As part of your EUCLID application you will be asked to indicate how you intend to fund your PhD.

If you intend to apply for funding you should list the funding scheme - pay close attention to any other guidance you received during the eligibility checklist.

Browse PhD Projects

How to apply for advertised PhD Projects



When Should I Apply for PhD Funding ?

Remember that different deadlines, eligibilities and selection procedures apply depending on the source of funding.

  • You must complete both of the above steps by the University deadline, regardless of the funding deadline. 
  • You can apply for funding after the University application deadline, if the funding deadline allows this.


Funding Scheme Funding Status How to Apply

UKRI Doctoral Training in Biomedical Artificial Intelligence

Open Visit UKRI CDT in Biomedical AI
Darwin Trust PhD Scholarships TBC

Request an application pack from  no later than tbc 

Carnegie Trust Scholarships TBC Visit Carnegie Trust PhD Scholarships
Principal’s Career Development Scholarship (PCDS)  Closed

Visit Principal's Career Development Scholarship (PCDS)

China Scholarships Council  TBC Visit China Scholarships Council (CSC)
Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship (EGRS)  Closed Visit Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship (EGRS) 
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)  Open Visit EASTBIO
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)  Open Visit NERC E4
Medical Research Council (MRC) Open Visit MRC PRECISION MEDICINE
Wellcome Trust 4 Year PhD Programme in Hosts, Pathogens & Global Health Open Visit Wellcome Trust
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)  TBC Visit EPSRC
Staff Scholarships (University of Edinburgh staff)  TBC Visit Staff Scholarships
Wellcome Trust 4 Year PhD Programme in Integrative Cell Mechanisms Open Visit Wellcome Trust




If you have a question about PhD funding please contact the Graduate School.

Graduate School

  • School of Biological Sciences

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