Moray House School of Education and Sport

College Research Award (CRA)

Application Deadline: 27 January 2020 for PhD Application, 3 February 2020 for Scholarship application. Eligible to UK/EU and International students. Covers UK/EU fees plus stipend.

The College Research Student Awards scheme is designed to attract high-quality students applying for PhD research. One scholarship will be available to a Moray House student with studies commencing in 2020-21.


In Moray House School of Education and Sport, this PhD studentship pays a stipend at the equivalent rate to that offered by the Research Councils of the United Kingdom (£15,009 for 2020-21 entry). The stipend will be paid in equal monthly instalments for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory performance. Awards will be paid pro-rata for part-time candidates.


The award is open to UK, EU and International students commencing a PhD degree in the academic year 2020-21. Only those with the highest standard of academic qualifications can be successful, as these awards are extremely competitive. 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 with us, an equally high standard of postgraduate masters’ degree in a relevant field
  • Have a PhD proposal of an excellent standard

Applicants may apply for other scholarships, for example, Principal’s Career Development Scholarship (PCDS) in addition to the College Research Award (CRA) providing that they are eligible. Should you be successful in your application, you will be offered either a CRA or a PCDS. If you are an international student and have also successfully applied for an EGRS to supplement your fees, you may be awarded this in addition to one of the other schemes.

Two PCDS and one CRA scholarship will be available at Moray House for students applying through these schemes for studies commencing in 2020-21.

Please note: this scholarship is only available for an October 2020 start date. Any applicant currently with a start date of January 2020 and interested in applying must defer their application to October 2020.


Criteria are based on those used by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) when making ESRC studentship awards. The primary criteria are outstanding academic merit and research potential, as evidenced by the candidate’s record and qualifications, skills, proposal and references. The proposal fit with the School research expertise and potential supervisory team will also be taken into consideration.


Completed PhD admission applications must have been made via the University of Edinburgh online application system by 27th January 2020

This means that all your supporting documentation (research proposal, academic references, copies of qualifications/transcripts) must, where available, also be uploaded. Please liaise closely with your referee to ensure they supply the required reference by this date.

If a degree result or test of English competency is pending we can consider your application and, where appropriate, make you an offer conditional upon supplying these at a later date.

Apply for your programme of study

Eligible applicants should complete an online application for these scholarships. The closing date for the scholarship application is 3rd February 2020. You are required to submit the online Scholarship application form through the EUCLID portal. Please note you will not be able to access the online application form unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh.

For Guidance on how to apply for this scholarship please read the Step-by-Step Guidance for Applicants and follow the instructions, including completion of the Application Form


Decisions on the award are expected to be made by May 2020.



If you have any queries about your eligibility, please contact our PhD Programme Director or Programme Secretary:

PhD Programme Director, Dr. Shari Sabeti (

PhD Programme Secretary, Mrs Mairi Ross (

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College Research Award - Further information on Student Funding

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