Moray House School of Education and Sport

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships (EDCS)

The University will offer PhD scholarships for students starting their PhD research at the University in the 2024-2025 academic session.


In order to attract the best and brightest PhD students, the University seeks to offer not only unparalleled research facilities and superb supervision, but also to provide development opportunities which will support our research students as they progress beyond their PhD, through an exciting scholarship scheme.

Moray House School of Education and Sport offers one fully-funded EDCS across any area of study within our doctoral programmes, for studies commencing in 2024-25. The award provides full tuition fees with an annual stipend. The stipend will be set to the UKRI level for 2024/25. The UKRI level for 2023/24 is currently £19,237 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 EDCS 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 2024 can apply for the scholarship.

Candidates for the EDCS 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 2024-25.  MSc by Research programmes are not eligible.

Applying and deadlines

Please carefully read the information below 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 by Monday 11 December 2023. 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.

Information about our PhD programmes, how to write a proposal and potential supervisors is available on our website, along with a template for writing your proposal. 

Only those applicants who have been made an offer (conditional/unconditional) before Thursday 25 January 2024 to undertake PhD studies with us as from October 2024 can move on to Step 2.

STEP 2: Scholarship application

Once you have secured an offer, you can apply for the EDCS. The online scholarship application form can be accessed via MyEd/ApplicantHub (EUCLID). 

When logging in to MyEd, you will need your University User Name and password. If you require assistance, please visit our support and guidance pages. The scholarship deadline is Thursday 1 February 2024, 13:00 pm 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 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?

Assessment criteria

The assessment consists of two parts: your research proposal and statement (the latter is part of the application on EUCLID). Your application will be assessed by a Panel against the following criteria. 


Decisions will be made by May 2024.

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 the structure
  • Is intelligible to non-experts
  • Has a relevant audience
  • Demonstrates critical thinking.

Remember to follow the template form.