Moray House School of Education and Sport

College Research Award (CRA)

Application Deadline: 28 January 2021 for PhD Application, 4 February 2021 for Scholarship application. Eligible to UK and International students. Covers UK or Overseas fees plus stipend.

The College Research Student Awards scheme is designed to attract the highest quality of students applying for PhD research.

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.


In Moray House School of Education and Sport, this PhD studentship pays tuition fees plus a stipend at the equivalent rate to that offered by the Research Councils of the United Kingdom (£15,500 for 2021-22 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 College Research Awards have a high number of applicants, and as a result are highly competitive. Applicants with an outstanding track record of academic achievements and research potential are encouraged to apply. Those candidates with research areas that fall under UK Research Council Awards are required to apply to the relevant Research Council as well.

The award is open to UK and International students commencing their first year of full-time or part-time PhD study in the academic year 2021-22. MSc by Research programmes are not eligible.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, Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship (EDCS) 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 an EDCS. 

Please note: this scholarship is only available for an October 2021 start date. Any applicant currently with a start date of January 2021 and interested in applying must defer their application to October 2021.


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.


Eligible applicants should complete an online scholarship application. 

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

The scholarship deadline is 4th Feb 2021; ensure that you have submitted your PhD application for admission by 28 January 2021.

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.

The online scholarship application form is located in EUCLID and can be accessed via MyEd 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

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.

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 2021.


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 (

Related Links

Postgraduate Research Student Office

College Research Award - Further information on Student Funding

PhD Education

PhD Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences