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 2022-2023 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.


The University of Edinburgh has been working for some time to embed equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in its activities and to widen participation (WP) for students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds. The Doctoral College is committed to embedding EDI in all of its policies and processes, and by widening access to postgraduate study to traditionally underrepresented groups, including BAME students and those from the most deprived communities in Scotland and the rest of the world. The Doctoral College wishes to attract the greatest diversity of applications to this scheme and will ensure that recruitment processes are robust and unbiased.


Each scholarship covers the University tuition fee as well as a stipend of £15,609p.a. Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarships are awarded for between three and four years as agreed by the School/Deanery (or pro-rata for part time).


The awards are open to UK and overseas students applying to start their first year of study for an on-campus research degree in 2022-2023.

Applicants must have already applied for admission to a full-time or part-time on campus PhD research programme of study at Moray House School of Education and Sport. We encourage applicants who wish to apply for this scholarship to make contact with their academic school regarding any admission deadlines.

Please check the Entry Requirements for your proposed programme of study for details of other acceptable English language qualifications. 

You may apply for the scholarship prior to obtaining the necessary English language test results but the results should be uploaded as soon as possible.

These awards cannot be held concurrently with fully-funded scholarships but can be held with partially-funded scholarships and will be reduced pro-rata.


Applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and research potential. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a UK first class or 2:1 honours degree at undergraduate level or the international equivalent.

Other factors such as financial status, nationality and the proposed field of study are not taken into account.

The University will not generally consider candidates who have already obtained a PhD, or formal equivalent, as a result of direct research training.


Undertake a package of training and development which will help them to develop the necessary skills required to meet their career choices and offer them a breadth of development opportunities in areas such as teaching, public engagement, entrepreneurship, data science, and research.

Term and Conditions

Please read the Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships terms and conditions below carefully.

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships terms and conditions

Applying and deadlines

Please, read the information below carefully before starting your application process. We ask all scholarship candidates to fill in the ‘Moray House Scholarship Proposal and Application Form’, and submit it as their proposal document in both of the applications below.

STEP 1: PhD application (must be completed and submitted by Monday 17 January 2022).

  • Apply for a PhD on the Moray House School of Education and Sport website.
  • Please also note that when submitting your PhD application, you should upload two references and evidence of your academic qualifications. A final decision on your application may be delayed or not be possible if your application is incomplete on the submission deadline.
  • Check our School’s entry requirements to ensure you meet the minimum requirements for PhD studies and that you are eligible to apply for a PhD with us.
  • Identify if your proposal falls under one of our thematic hubs.
  • Identify at least one and up to three staff members with strong research expertise in your proposed area of study. Our full list of supervisors and the topics they are prepared to supervise is shown on our Supervisors and Topics webpage. Applicants are encouraged to approach directly a staff member with strong expertise in their proposed area in order to discuss their proposal informally before the submission of their application. Please do NOT contact several members of staff at the same time with generic enquiries. When approaching a potential supervisor, you should normally send only a brief proposal (up to 5 pages) and a short e-mail, without other files or documents in the first instance.
  • Prepare your proposal using our ‘Moray House Scholarship Proposal and Application Form’ (available on our webpage). Please make sure you fill in all the sections as accurately as possible.
  • When your application is ready for submission, go to the University of Edinburgh degree finder page to submit your application and obtain your unique applicant number (UUN).

STEP 2: Scholarship application (submitted by 3 February 2022).

  • Complete a separate online scholarship application. Please note you will not be able to access the online scholarship portal unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh. The online scholarship portal is located in EUCLID and can be accessed via MyEd Portal our web-based information portal. When logging in to MyEd Portal, you will need your University User Name and password. If you require assistance, please go to the support webpage.
  • In addition, kindly submit the Scholarship Application Word form to by 3rd February 2022.

The deadlines for submission of applications and forms is 3rd February 2022 for the Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship (EDCS).

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Selection Procedure

The University will use the information you provide on your scholarship application form together with the information contained in the supporting documentation (reference and academic transcript) which you submitted as part of your application for admission to administer and assess your scholarship application and to select successful applicants.

Shortlisted candidates should expect to be invited to attend an interview which will take place either in person/telephone/Teams/Zoom.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome in May 2022.

Related Links

Postgraduate Research Student Office

College Research Award - Further information on Student Funding

PhD Education

PhD Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences