Graduate School

School Doctoral Scholarship

Information on the SDS application process for 2022-23 entry


The School of History, Classics and Archaeology offers School Doctoral Scholarship across any area of study within the doctoral programme, for studies commencing in 2022-23. The award provides an annual stipend at the UKRI rate (for guidance, in 2021-2022 this was £15,609, pro-rata for part-time students) and tuition fees at UK rate. Successful applicants paying international fees will be liable for the difference between the UK and International fees rates. Payment will be made in equal monthly instalments for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory performance.


The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is delighted to invite applications from outstanding candidates for this PhD scholarship designed to attract the best and brightest candidates to study in Edinburgh. 

The award is open to UK, EU and overseas students commencing a PhD degree in the academic year 2022-23. Current PhD students and MScR applicants are not eligible to apply for the School Doctoral Scholarship.

To be considered for a School Doctoral Scholarship, 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 identifying a prospective supervisor or your eligibility, please contact our Graduate Officers:


The application process consist of two steps:

  1. Academic (PhD) application
  2. Scholarship application

Academic (PhD) application

Completed PhD admission applications must have been made via the University of Edinburgh online application system by Wednesday 19th January, 23:59

This means that all your supporting documentation (research proposal of around 1,000 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.

Scholarship application

Applicants must also complete an online scholarship application form by Wednesday 2nd February 2022 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 'HCA Doctoral 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.


All applicants will be notified of the outcome by May 2022.

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