Clinical Sciences

Funding opportunities

The University will offer one Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship to a student starting their PhD research at the Deanery of Clinical Sciences in the 2021-2022 academic session.

This scholarship covers the University tuition fee as well as a stipend equal to the UKRI minimum rate for the relevant academic year of study.  Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarship is offered for 3 years (or pro-rata for part-time).  The awards are hope to UK and overseas students applying to start their first year of study for an on-campus research degree in 2021/2022.

The Scholarship Deadline is  Monday 7th March 2021.  We would strongly recommend that your study application is submitted by Monday 22nd February 2021.

Full details can be found here:

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships


Carnegie PhD Scholarships

The Carnegie Trust hopes to fund a minimum of 15 scholarships (across all Scottish Universities) for doctoral studies in 2021/22. Note applicants must gain a first class honours degree from a Scottish University to be eligible for an award.

In the first instance applications should be made by 28 January 2021 using an Online Scholarship Application Form located in EUCLID, to avoid any undue panic submitting the online scholarship application students should ideally submit their PhD application by 14 January 2021 and no later than 21 January 2021 to allow PhD application to be picked up and allow access to the Online Scholarship Application process. Nominated applicants will then be given access to the Carnegie Trust’s application portal in mid-February and must complete the online application process by 28 February 2021. The prospective supervisors of nominated students must also upload an Institutional Statement of Support completed by a senior academic in the Deanery or College, which is also signed by the Student Systems and Administration Director, by 5pm on 28 February 2021.

China Scholarship Council Awards (CSC)

We currently have no joint partnership with the China Scholarship Council however students are still able to apply via the institutional &personal channel. Please note that if a student is successful in obtaining a China Scholarship Council award the expectation is that the receiving institution (i.e. University of Edinburgh) will pay the tuition fees (waiver through the PhD Tuition Fee Contribution Scheme) and research costs (APCs). Any Chinese students considering applying for a CSC award should be encouraged to check with their potential supervisor and research centre whether or not funds will be available within the School/Deanery/Institute to cover the costs of supervising the student without receiving any tuition fees and funding any APCs as these are not available at either College or University level. If these funds are not available the student should be dissuaded from pursuing the application with the China Scholarship Council.

At time of issuing this we are still awaiting the webpage to be updated with a link to the application form and closing date.

Staff Scholarship Scheme

This funds tuition fees (full or partial) for substantive CMVM members of staff undertaking a variety of courses, academic and vocational, within or outwith (where the course is not available within) the University of Edinburgh. Priority is given to applicants whose contract of employment extends beyond the end date of the proposed course and where a benefit to both the staff member and the college as a result of undertaking this course can be foreseen. Applications for funding for courses starting on or after 1 August 2021 are now being accepted with 3 closing dates of 31 January 2021, 30 April 2021 and 31 July 2021.

Due to budgetary constraints alluded to above we may not be able to award as many Staff Scholarships in 2021/22 as in previous years.

Please note Staff Scholarship funding is NOT available for clinically qualified training fellows except in exceptional cases as per the information in the link above.


Online Learning Scholarships | The University of Edinburgh

There are a number of scholarships available for students who are working on an online, part-time postgraduate programme.  These can be found on the University Scholarships and Student Funding site.

Critical Care MSc

Internal Medicine MSc

UK and International Scholarships | Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (


Prospective postgraduates | The University of Edinburgh

There are a number of scholarships available for student working in research. 

Martin Lee Doctoral Scholarships in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine

Martin Lee Doctoral Scholarships provide stipend and research funds for a four-year PhD at the Institute for Regeneration and Repair (IRR).

Martin Lee Doctoral Scholarships will be awarded competitively. Scholarships include a stipend and tuition fees as well as funding for research, training and travel. The programme is open to those who are eligible for UK Home Fees and those ordinarily resident in Hong Kong. The first cohort of students will join the programme in September 2021.

Students will receive foundation training and complete two research rotation projects before selecting their 3-year PhD research project. Projects will span the breath of research areas at IRR, ranging from fundamental science to clinical and industrial translation projects. Martin Lee Doctoral Scholars will take part in key postgraduate teaching events at the institute, while a series of specific training and networking opportunities will foster a programme-specific cohort for Martin Lee Doctoral Scholars.

Further details about the programme, eligibility and how to apply can be found on the programme website. The closing date for applications is 16 March 2021.

Martin Lee Doctoral Scholarship Programme


The University of Edinburgh has been working for some time to embed equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in its activities and to widen participation (WP) for students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds. The Doctoral College is committed to embedding EDI in all of its policies and processes, and by widening access to postgraduate study to traditionally underrepresented groups, including BAME students and those from the most deprived communities in Scotland and the rest of the world. The Doctoral College wishes to attract the greatest diversity of applications to this scheme and will ensure that recruitment processes are robust and unbiased.