Postgraduate Students

School Doctoral Scholarship

Information on the School Doctoral Scholarship application process for 2023-24 entry

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


The School of History, Classics and Archaeology offers the School Doctoral Scholarship across any area of study within the doctoral programme, for studies commencing in 2023-24. The award provides an annual stipend at the UKRI rate (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) and tuition fees at UK or international rate. 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 2023-24. 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 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 1,000-2,000 words, academic references, copies of qualifications/transcripts) must, where available, also be uploaded by the deadline. 

You will need 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.


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. If referees cannot upload their references into the application portal by this date, they can send them directly to the PGR Office at 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.

Scholarship application

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

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