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.

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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

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships


Visit Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships

Applications for admission are now closed. Allocation of this scholarship will be incorporated in the EASTBIO recruitment process.

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UKRI Doctoral Training in Biomedical Artificial Intelligence

Closed Visit UKRI CDT in Biomedical AI
Darwin Trust PhD Scholarships Closed

Download an application pack from the Darwin Trust web pages no later than 5 January 2024. Application form must be submitted to the Darwin Trust by 17 January 2024. 

Carnegie Trust Scholarships Closed

Visit Carnegie Trust PhD Scholarships


Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)  Closed


Applications for admission are now closed

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)  Closed

Visit NERC E4

Applications for admission must be submitted by 4 January 2024.

Medical Research Council (MRC) Closed


Applications for admission must be submitted by 15 January 2024.

Wellcome Trust 4 Year PhD Programme in Hosts, Pathogens & Global Health Closed

Visit Wellcome Trust

Applications for admission must be submitted by 11 January 2024.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)  TBC


Various supervisor-led projects available. Student-led projects welcome.

For more information contact:

Staff Scholarships (University of Edinburgh staff)  TBC Visit Staff Scholarships
Wellcome Trust 4 Year PhD Programme in Integrative Cell Mechanisms Closed

Visit Wellcome Trust

Applications for admission must be submitted by 6 December 2023

Ker Memorial PhD Studentship Closed

Visit Edinburgh Infectious Diseases





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

Graduate School

  • School of Biological Sciences

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