Graduate School

College Research Awards

The College Research Student Awards scheme is designed to attract high quality students applying for PhD research.

The information about the College Research Awards will be updated when we have further information. The below refers to 2020/21 entry which has already passed; the deadline dates will likely be similar for future awards.

About these awards

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology offers one fully-funded College Research Award across any area of study within the doctoral programme, for studies commencing in 2020-21.   This scholarship covers UK/EU tuition fees plus a stipend at the equivalent rate to that offered by the Research Councils of the United Kingdom (value TBA, but, for guidance, in 2019-2020 this was £15,009). The stipend will be paid in equal monthly instalments for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory performance. Awards will be paid pro-rata for part-time candidates.

The School will consider possible candidates in conjunction with the results of applications for School and AHRC awards. Please note: In order to be considered you are still required to submit the online Scholarship application form through the Euclid portal (see 'Applying' below).


The award is open to UK, EU and overseas students commencing a PhD degree in the academic year 2020-21. This award will either be given as a full award (consisting of UK/EU fees and stipend) or a ‘top up’ (stipend) award for new applicants who have been awarded AHRC fees only.  Current students 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 yout PhD with us, an equally high standard of postgraduate masters degree in a relevant field
  • Have submitted a scholarship application for an AHRC Doctoral Scholarships or School of HCA Doctoral award (see links below)

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


Completed PhD admission applications must have been made via the University of Edinburgh online application system by Monday 27th January 2020

This means that all your supporting documentation (research proposal, 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 by this date.

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.

Apply for your programme of study

Eligible applicants must also complete an online scholarship application for these scholarships. The closing date for the scholarship application is Monday 3rd February 2020. Please note you will not be able to access the online application form unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh.

You can access the online scholarship application form by visiting: 


When logging in to MyEd, you will need your University User Name and password. If you require assistance, please go to

As part of your application, you will complete a personal statement. 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.


Useful Links

AHRC awards in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology

School Doctoral Scholarships