School of Divinity

Scholarships and student funding

Find out about scholarships, tuition fees and living costs in Edinburgh

In recent years, on average, around 20% of Divinity postgraduate students were awarded some level of scholarship funding.

  • Scholarships are awarded on academic merit. Most are open to all, but some are ring-fenced for applicants from certain parts of the world.
  • Awards are made for both Masters and PhD programmes.
  • Typically, awards are for partial fee costs. Fully funded awards are exceptional and highly competitive.

PhD funding competitions range from College of Arts Humanities and Social Science Research Awards to the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership scholarships.

You must make specific application for each scholarship for which you wish to be considered. Closing Dates for:

  • University PhD funding competitions - early February. Applications for study must be in by 20 January.
  • University Masters funding competitions - early April. Applications must be in by 25 March.
  • Applications for Arts & Humanities Research Council (SGSAH) PhD funding competition, School round - beginning of December.

See Scholarships and Student Funding Services for details of all the different funding opportunities and how to apply.

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What will studying at graduate level cost?

The tuition fee for each postgraduate programme is listed in the 'Fees and costs' section of the Postgraduate Degree Finder. For detailed information please see the Tuition Fees website.

The University offers a 10% discount in postgraduate masters tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh (conditions apply). This discount applies to both home and overseas students, and applies to the self-funding element of the postgraduate tuition fee (this does not apply to any part of the element of tuition fee which is covered by a scholarship or other source of funding, or to additional programme costs where they apply).

Whether you are required to pay tuition fees at the home rate or at the overseas rate is determined by your nationality and the country where you are ‘ordinarily resident’. It is also determined in accordance with the regulations with which institutions must work in assessing fee status detailed in the Education (Fees and Awards) (Scotland) Regulations 2007.

What will living in Edinburgh cost?

Estimated student living costs.


The award is open to UK, EU and overseas students commencing a PhD degree in the academic year 2021-22. This award is highly competitive, therefore, only an applicant with the highest standard of academic qualifications can be successful. To be considered for a College Research Award, you must:

  • Hold a UK 2.1 or first class honours undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant field.
  • Hold, or successfully achieve before commencing your PhD study, an equally high standard of postgraduate masters degree in a relevant field.


Stage 1: Complete your PhD admissions application via the University of Edinburgh online application system by 25 January 2021

Stage 2: Complete an online scholarship application by 4 February 2021

Your completed PhD admissions application must include all of your supporting documentation (research proposal, writing sample, academic references, copies of qualifications and transcripts). Please liaise closely with your referees to ensure they supply the required reference by this date. If a degree result or test of English competency is pending your application will be considered, and if appropriate, an offer may be made, conditional upon supplying these at a later date.

Please note that you will not be able to access the online scholarship application form unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact the Graduate School Office. Email: