Moray House School of Education and Sport

Principal’s Career Development PhD Scholarships (PCDS)

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.

Please note: these scholarships are 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.


Moray House School of Education and Sport is pleased to offer two fully-funded Principal’s Career Development PhD Scholarships across any area of study within the doctoral programme, for studies commencing in 2020-2021. This scholarship covers the UK/EU tuition fees plus a stipend, amount to be confirmed for 2020-2021. Applicants for this award will also be considered for two further Principal’s Career Development PhD Scholarships which will be available to applicants of all Schools in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarships are awarded for three years.


The awards are open to UKEU and international students applying to start their first year of study for a research degree in 2020-2021.

Applicants must have already applied for admission to a full-time PhD research programme of study at the University. Applicants intending to study a part-time PhD research programme will only be considered for the scholarship if they have the approval of the School they wish to study with.   

Principal's Awards cannot be held concurrently with fully-funded scholarships but can be held with partial awards such as the Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships.


Applicants must be of 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.

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.


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


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

Related links

 Principal’s Career Development PhD Scholarships – Further information on Student Funding