Moray House School of Education and Sport

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Award (CRA)

Moray House School of Education and Sport offers one fully-funded College Research Award across any area of study within our doctoral programmes, for studies commencing in 2023-24.

The stipend will be set to the UKRI level for 2023/24. The UKRI level for 2022-23 is currently £17,668 for full-time students, or the pro rata equivalent for part-time students’.

As a student with us, you will work with some of the most influential academics in your chosen field and learn about the very latest developments in your subject. Those chosen exemplify the high standards the University of Edinburgh sets for its research students and the investment that we make in their potential.

Who can apply

The College Research Award has a high number of applicants, and as a result is highly competitive. . Therefore, only applicants who have already secured an offer from Moray House School of Education and Sport to undertake PhD studies as from October 2023 can apply for the scholarship.

Candidates for the College Research Award must be seeking to start their first year of full-time or part-time PhD study in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences within the academic year 2023-24.  MSc by Research programmes are not eligible.

Application and deadlines

Please, read the information below carefully before starting your application process.

STEP 1: PhD Application

Your completed PhD admission application must have been made via the University of Edinburgh online application system here by Monday 19 December 2022. 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 referees 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.

Please, visit this site to find information about our PhD programmes, how to write a proposal, potential supervisors, and the application site. Use this template to write your proposal.

Only those applicants who have been made an offer (conditional/unconditional) before Monday 23 January 2023 to undertake PhD studies with us as from October 2023 can move on to Step 2.


STEP 2: Scholarship application

Once you have secured an offer, you can apply for the CRA scholarship. The online scholarship application form can be accessed via MyEd/ApplicantHub (EUCLID) and our web based information portal at

When logging in to MyEd, you will need your University User Name and password. If you require assistance, please go to The scholarship deadline is Thursday 2nd February 2023, 1pm UK time.

In the form, you will be asked to provide a statement. Write the statement by answering these four questions:


1. Why have you chosen the Moray House and the supervisors specified above for your application?


2. How will your research project add value to the research being undertaken at Moray House?


3.  Why are you a particularly suitable candidate for a scholarship?


4. What do you expect the impact of your research to be?



Decisions will be made by May 2023.

Tips for writing a successful proposal

Your proposal should provide insight into what you plan to research, how you will conduct your research, and the contribution(s) it will make. At this stage your proposal provides evidence of your ability to write, think, create, and argue. It also helps indicate how your research will fit into the institution and its goals. A strong proposal contains a clear proposition and/or question, sets up outcomes that can be delivered, contains several propositions which are then connected to for the structure, is intelligible to non-experts, has a relevant audience, and demonstrates critical thinking. Remember to follow the template form available on the guidance page.

Further Information

Postgraduate Research Student Office

Related Links

Postgraduate Research Student Office

College Research Award - Further information on Student Funding

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