Postgraduate Students

The Charles Mackie Scholarship

Information on the Charles Mackie Scholarship application process for 2024/25 entry.

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


The Charles Mackie Scholarship is for students progressing from an undergraduate degree programme in a History, Classics or Archaeology discipline at the University of Edinburgh to Masters study in the School. It will consist of tuition fees at the Home rate. Successful overseas applicants will be liable for the difference between the Home and Overseas or Online Learning fees rates.

This award is open to any postgraduate Masters programme offered by the School. Applicants for part-time and distance-learning Masters programmes are eligible to apply for this award (any award made would be paid pro-rata).

About Charles Mackie

This scholarship was introduced in 2019 to mark the 300th anniversary of the appointment of Charles Mackie, Professor of Universal History in 1719. The first such Chair in Scotland and a true polyhistor, Mackie taught a type of ‘world history’ and both his courses as well as his research interests were very broad. Among his pupils was William Robertson, the famous Enlightenment historian, and University Principal, after whom the School’s building is named.

About Charles Mackie


Awards will be made on academic merit and the potential to excel at the chosen programme of study.

As this award is designed specifically to encourage the School’s undergraduate cohort to progress to Masters study within the School, applicants must be current final year undergraduates studying a History, Classics or Archaeology discipline at the University of Edinburgh on course to receive a 2.1 or first-class honours undergraduate degree.


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 12 March 2024, 23:59 GMT.

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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 26 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 username and password).

Please select the option ‘The Charles Mackie Scholarship'.

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 2024, 23:59 GMT


The outcome notification will be sent in May/June 2024.

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