Postgraduate Students

School Doctoral Scholarship

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


The School of History, Classics and Archaeology offers the School Doctoral Scholarship (SDS) across any area of study within the doctoral programme for studies commencing in 2024-25. The award provides an annual stipend at the UKRI rate (for guidance, in 2023/24 this was £18,622 for full-time students or the pro rata equivalent for part-time students) and tuition fees at UK or international rate. Payment will made in equal monthly installments for maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory performance.


The award is open to all UK and international students commencing a PhD degree in the academic year 2024-25. This also includes those applying for a distance learning HCA PhD programme. Current PhD students and MScR applicants are not eligible to apply for the School Doctoral Scholarship.


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 SDS 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 SDS

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).

To apply for the SDS in the MyEd portal, please select the 'HCA Doctoral Scholarship' option.

As part of your scholarship application, you will complete a personal statement in which you should set out your academic achievements and goals (maximum 3,500 characters, including spaces).


Do I need a study offer before applying for the SDS award?

You may apply for the SDS award 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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