School of Economics

Fees, Funding & Expenses

Find out about tuition fees, funding opportunities and living expenses in Edinburgh.


Fees are set by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and differ for home and overseas students.

Postgraduate research tuition fee rates


The School of Economics PhD candidates can benefit from a range of funding opportunities, from within and outwith the University of Edinburgh. We encourage all applicants to consider the various opportunities available.

Minto Scholarship

This award is open to residents of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Scandinavia, and is offered on the basis of academic merit. Factors such as financial status and the proposed field of study are not taken into account. The scholarship is open to all areas of economics matching the research interests of the School of Economics.

The Minto Scholarship has been established with a bequest from the estate of Mr Brian Dickinson for the purpose of promoting postgraduate research in economics at the University of Edinburgh.

The scholarship provides a stipend for each year of study plus tuition fees, and is awarded for four years, subject to satisfactory progress.

Interested candidates are advised to contact the School of Economics Postgraduate Office in the first instance via for further information and application guidance.

The deadline for this scholarship is 30th June 2021.

Research and Teaching Scholarships

The School of Economics offers Research and Teaching Scholarships which pay fees and provides a stipend equivalent to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rates each year for the full four years of your PhD study.

You will be considered for this scholarship on the basis of academic merit and your potential to provide effective teaching. Factors such as nationality and financial status are not taken into account.

There is no application procedure for this scholarship; your application for entry to the PhD programme will also be considered as an application for the Research and Teaching Scholarship.

Queries regarding the scholarship should be directed to

There is no closing date for this scholarship. 

Economic and Social Research Council

The University of Edinburgh is part of a consortium of 16 Universities in Scotland awarded funding from the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Social Sciences in Scotland.

Under this Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Scheme, which is run by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS), the consortium will consider applications for doctoral studentship awards. Here are details of the application process for doctoral studentships available for 2021 entry.

Our PhD programme is eligible through the Economics Pathway, and the Pathway Representative for our School is Dr Andreas Steinhauer.

Please visit the University's Scholarship and Student Funding page for further details on eligibility and the application process.

ESRC PhD Studentships - Scholarships and Student Funding

Our PhD programme is recognised by the UK ESRC, and applicants must apply for the PhD programme before submitting an application to the ESRC.

Economics PhD with Integrated Study

Applicants put forward by the School are required to register on the SGSSS GradHub, complete the SGSSS Open Competition application form and upload it to GradHub by 7th January 2021.

By the end of January, Pathway Representatives will consider and nominate applicants to move to the next stage of the competition. Nominated applicants will be asked to submit a full studentship application to the SGSSS by 11 February. Final funding decisions will be made by the SGSSS by early May 2021.

If you have any questions regarding this funding opportunity, please contact

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarships and Studentships

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Award (CRA) is designed to attract high quality students applying for PhD research. In Economics, the CRA covers the cost of tuition fees for the PhD programme in Economics and provides a stipend of £15,500 for three years.

These awards are competitive and you will be considered purely on the basis of academic merit. Factors such as nationality and financial status will not be taken into account.

This award is open to UK, EU and overseas students commencing a PhD degree in the academic year 2021-22.

PhD admission applications must have been made via the University of Edinburgh online application system by Friday 22nd January 2021. Applications for the CRA must be made by Thursday 4th February 2021.

Find out more about the application process:

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Awards

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Living expenses

The University has calculated the average living costs while studying at Edinburgh including accommodation, food and bills. Monthly costs for couples and families are detailed at the foot of the page. 

Estimated living costs