School of GeoSciences

Funding Opportunities

There are a number of funding opportunities available each year for prospective PhD students. The most common have been listed below with links to more information and application procedures.

PhD Studentships

Funded PhD Projects

Some available projects include partial or full funding in Human Geography and Physical Sciences. Browse the list of the projects currently advertised on the below pages.

Please note that individual projects will have different deadlines for application.

Current Human Geography PhD projects

Current Physical Science PhD projects


Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships

The University and the School of GeoSciences offer three PhD scholarships for students starting their PhD research in the School of GeoSciences in the 2018-2019 academic session.

Applications for 2018/19 entry are now closed.



Enlightenment Scholarships

The University and the School of GeoSciences offer one fully-funded PhD scholarship within the Enlightenment Scholarships Scheme on the teaching development track for students starting their PhD research in the School of GeoSciences between August and December 2018. This studentship is fully-funded for 4 years. The successful applicant will receive training through the Edinburgh Teaching Award and IAD and will be required to teach Earth Sciences courses (330h per year).

Please see the Enlightenment Scholarships webpage for more details on this studentship.

Eligiblity Criteria

  • UK, EU and overseas students
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree at a UK 2.1 honours level, or its international equivalent.
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, the required level of English language proficiency is a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 over all with a minimum of 6.5 in each section.
Students must bring their own project and must approach a potential supervisor in Geology and Geophysics to get their support before making any application.
Application is through our online system (see link below) and should include a research proposal provided by the applicant.
Applications for 2018/19 entry are now closed.

RCUK Funding through DTPs


The Human Geography Research Group are currently offering Masters and PhD opportunities, with access to ESRC and AHRC studentships.

Studentships in Human Geography

  • NERC

The School of GeoSciences leads the NERC-funded E3 DTP, bringing together 28 partners and over 200 supervisors with research expertise spanning the full spectrum of earth and environmental sciences.  All the E3 DTP cohorts have now been recruited.

Funding for the E4 DTP has been secured and will provide another 5 cohorts of PhD students per year (2019-2023).

Applications to the E4 DTP for a September/October 2019 entry are now open with deadline 10 January 2019. 


  • NERC NPIF Studentships

There is no NPIF Studentships offer at the moment.

Carnegie - Caledonian PhD Scholarships

The Carnegie Trust offers a number of scholarships each year to academically outstanding candidates who hold a First Class Honours undergraduate degree from a Scottish University and intend to study on a PhD programme at any University in Scotland.

Applications for 2018/19 entry are now closed.

Carnegie/Caledonian PhD Studentships

Commonwealth Master and PhD Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries.

Commonwealth Scholarships


China PhD Scholarships

The China Scholarship Council and the School of GeoSciences offer scholarship for PhD studies to candidates who are citizens and permanent residents of the People's Republic of China at the time of applying for entry.

The School of GeoSciences will not be supporting any China Scholarship for 2019/20 entry.


Other Studentships Opportunities

The Scholarships and Students Funding Services provide a handy Scholarship Search tool and further information on funding opportunities for prospective postgraduate students.

The latest University Postgraduate Funding booklet can also be downloaded from the Useful funding publications webpage.


Additional Funding Opportunities

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship (International Fees)

The School of GeoSciences has two Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships on offer each year, which cover the difference between the tuition fee for a UK/EU postgraduate student and that chargeable to an overseas postgraduate student. The awards do not cover maintenance expenses.

Applications for 2018/19 entry are now closed.


Doctoral Loan

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course, such as a PhD.

You will be able to apply for funding for the 2018 to 2019 academic year in summer 2018.

Information about these is available from here-

Eligibility to quality for a loan depends on-

- your course

- your age

- your nationality and residency status

Please carefully check the criteria here-

Additional Funds for Current Students

The School of GeoSciences hold several funds to support current students and help them with fieldwork, conferences costs and research expenses.

Support for Current Students



Contact Us

General enquiries on postgraduate funding opportunities can be emailed to