Postgraduate Students

College Research Awards

Information on the CRA application process for 2023-24 entry

Applications for the academic year 2023/4 are now closed.


The award provides full tuition fees with an annual stipend. The stipend will be set to the UKRI level for 2023/24. The UKRI stipend for the academic year 23/24 has now been published on the UKRI website as £18,622 full-time equivalent or the pro rata equivalent for part-time students. [check College page for wording]


The award is open to UK and international students commencing a PhD degree in the academic year 2023-24. Current PhD students and MScR applicants are not eligible to apply for the College Research Award.

Only those with the highest standard of academic qualifications can be successful, as these awards are extremely competitive. To be considered for a College Research Award, you must:

  • Hold a UK 2.1 or first class honours undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant field;
  • Hold, or successfully achieve before commencing your PhD with us, a relevant masters degree with an overall mark of at least 65%, or its international equivalent.

If you have any queries about your eligibility, please contact our Graduate Officers, as below:


The application process consist of two steps:

  1. Academic (PhD) application
  2. Scholarship application

Academic (PhD) application

Applicants must submit their academic application via the University of Edinburgh online application system by Wednesday 18th January 2023, 23:59 GMT.

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 (research proposal of around 1,000-2,000 words, academic references, copies of qualifications/transcripts) must, where available, also be uploaded. Please liaise closely with your referee to ensure they supply the required reference within five working days of your submission. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the scholarships panel. 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.

Please note that you are required to submit both your undergraduate and postgraduate degree certificates and transcripts in order to be considered for PhD admission. For instructions on how to upload additional documents after you have submitted your application please follow the support guidance available here.

Scholarship application

Applicants must also complete an online scholarship application form by Thursday 2nd February 2023 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).

Please select the option ‘College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science Research Award - History, Classics and Archaeology’.

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.

You will find more information on the College Research Award, as well as Frequently Asked Questions, here:

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Awards | The University of Edinburgh


All applicants will be notified of the outcome by May 2023.

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