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.

Physical Sciences

Social Sciences


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 2019-20 academic session.

Applications for 2019/20 entry are CLOSED.

Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships



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/E4 DTP, bringing together 33 partners and over 200 supervisors with research expertise spanning the full spectrum of earth and environmental sciences.  The E4 DTP will recruit 5 cohorts of approx. 22 students per year between September 2019 and 2023.

Applications to the E4 DTP for a September 2020 entry are now open with deadline 9 January 2020, 12 noon.


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 2019/20 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 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 2019/20 entry are now CLOSED.

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship webpage.


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


George David Family Scholarships

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) is offering two scholarships to prospective postgraduates who are both nationals of, and residents in, Greece or Cyprus. 

The scholarship is worth £8000 and will be deducted from tutition fees. It is tenable for three years for full-time PhD students subject to satisfactory progress. The PhD must be in a subject related to the work of ECCI

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2019. You must submit an application for admission to the relevant programme and then submit an application for the scholarship via the online portal. Please note that follwoing submission of your admission application, it can take up to five working days for system checks to be completed and access to be granted. Therefore, please apply for admission by no later than 22 April 2019.

The online scholarship application form is located in EUCLID and can be accessed via MyEd our web based information portal at

Contact Us

General enquiries on postgraduate funding opportunities can be emailed to