Postgraduate Students

Sheila Cannell Postgraduate Award

Information on the Sheila Cannell Award application process for 2024/25.

Applications for the academic year 2024/25 are now open.

Sheila Cannell is former Director of Library Services at the University of Edinburgh. Upon retirement, rather than a gift for herself, she asked colleagues to mark the occasion by helping to support a history student, a scholarship she has personally maintained since.


The award will have a value of £2,000 and is tenable for one academic year. 


The Award will be made to students who are accepted for admission on a full-time basis for a postgraduate one year History Masters programme of study offered on campus. 

For details of History Masters degrees offered by the School please follow the link below:

Masters Level Degrees in School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University of Edinburgh and should have firmly accepted that offer or be intending to do so. 


The award will be awarded on the basis of academic merit. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a UK first-class honours degree or the overseas equivalent thereof.


The application process consists of three steps that must be completed by specific deadlines:

  1. Academic (Masters) application
  2. Scholarship application

Step One: Academic (Masters) application

Applicants must submit their academic application via the University of Edinburgh online application system by Tuesday 12th March 2024, 23:59 GMT.

Explore our range of History MSc programmes and apply online

Please note that the funding applications have their own separate timelines and rules for both the study and the scholarship applications which differ from the deadlines generated automatically by the application portal when submitting your study application. This means that all your supporting documentation must, where available, also be uploaded by the deadline.

Pending academic references

If you plan to submit your application on or close to the deadline, please liaise closely with your referees to ensure they supply the required reference within 5 working days after the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the scholarships panel.

Pending degree or English test result

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.

Step Three: Scholarship application

Applicants must also complete an online scholarship application form by Tuesday 26th March 2024 23:59 GMT. Please note you will not be able to access the online application form in the MyEd portal unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh and received your login details (University User Name and password). We therefore advise you to complete your Masters application at your earliest convenience.

Please select the option 'The Sheila Cannell Award'.

As part of your scholarship application, you will complete a personal statement (maximum 3,500 characters, including spaces). Do not underestimate the importance of your personal statement in which you should set out your academic achievements and goals, and indicate how the award would benefit your studies. This statement should give added value to your application and help you to stand out. It will be read carefully by panel members. Make sure that it reflects you and your accomplishments as well as possible.


  • Masters application deadline: Tuesday 12 March 2024, 23:59 GMT
  • Scholarship application deadline: Tuesday 26 March, 23:59 GMT

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Scholarships System FAQs for Applicants (511.17 KB PDF)



All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in May/June 2024.


If you have a question which has not been answered above, please email the HCA Postgraduate Research Office.