Postgraduate Students

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship

Applications for the academic year 2024/5 are now closed.

This scholarship covers the University tuition fee as well as a stipend for students starting their PhD research in the 2024/25 academic session. Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarship is offered between three and four years (or pro-rata if taken on a part time basis). 


The awards are open to UK and overseas students applying to start their first year of study for an on-campus research degree in 2024/5. Prospective students applying for a PhD by Distance programme are not eligible to apply for the EDCS award.


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. 

To be considered for the EDCS funding, you must complete the following two steps:


Step One: Application for PhD study

Apply for your study programme

Your completed PhD study application must be submitted through the University’s online application system by Wednesday, 17 January 2024, 23:59 UK time. This means that all your supporting documentation must also be uploaded, including the research proposal of 1,000-2,000 words, copies of undergraduate and postgraduate degree certificates and transcripts (and their official translations if not in English), and two academic references. For instructions on uploading additional documents after submitting your application, please follow the support guidance available here

The scholarship panel will not consider incomplete applications. Please see the below guidance on what to do if any of your documents are missing or pending:

  • Academic references

Please liaise closely with your referees to ensure they supply the required reference within ten working days of your submission and no later than 1 February 2024, 23:59 UK time.

  • Postgraduate degree result

Please note that you must submit your undergraduate and postgraduate degree certificates and transcripts to be considered for PhD admission. If you are still studying towards your postgraduate qualification, we will require you to submit an interim transcript or a certificate of matriculation so we can consider your application and, where appropriate, make you a conditional offer on the condition of successful completion of your current master's degree.

  • Proof of English competency

If a degree result or test of English competency is pending, we can consider your application and, where appropriate, make you a conditional offer on the condition of supplying these at a later date.


IMPORTANT: If you are unsure about the eligibility of any of your documents, please email the Postgraduate Research Office well ahead of the submission deadline.

Email the Postgraduate Research Office


Step Two: Application for EDCS

Eligible candidates must submit a separate scholarship application in the MyEd portal by Thursday, 1 February 2024, 23:59 GMT.  Please note you cannot access the online funding application form in the MyEd portal unless you have first applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh (see Step 1) and received your login details (University username and password).

Full details about submitting the scholarship application can be found on the University Scholarships and Funding page: Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships | The University of Edinburgh


Do I need a study offer before applying for the EDCS scholarship?

You may apply for the EDCS scholarship before receiving a decision on your application for a PhD place, but if you do not receive a study offer, your application cannot proceed.


Applications which do not meet the deadlines stated above won't be considered.


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