School of Informatics

Informatics Global PhD Scholarships

Applications are invited from exceptional students of all nationalities who want to pursue a full-time PhD in the School of Informatics from September 2019.

Applicants should have a strong academic track record at undergraduate or Masters level and be highly motivated to pursue a PhD.


Informatics Global PhD Scholars will receive full financial support for the duration of their PhD studies, for up to 3.5 years. This will include:

  • Full funding of all tuition fees, including overseas fees if applicable
  • A stipend of £15,000 per year
  • An additional research support fund of £2,000 per year for the first three years. This can be used for a variety of purposes approved by your supervisor including, but not restricted to, purchase of a laptop, attending conferences where you present a paper, specialist software or equipment.


Applications will be accepted from all candidates; there are no restrictions based on nationality or domicile.

Candidates should be in receipt of, or expected to obtain a high academic award from their most recent degree. In practice, this means a 1st class UK degree or a distinction at UK Masters level in a relevant discipline. Students with non-UK qualifications should check the equivalence of their degrees. Candidates must also meet certain minimum requirements for English language competency.

Degree equivalence

English language requirements

How to apply

Before applying you should ideally contact an academic supervisor in the School of Informatics, discuss your research interest, and obtain their agreement to supervise you. When you have found a supervisor, you must first complete an application for PhD admission in the research institute of your chosen supervisor.

Contact an academic supervisor

You can select your chosen institute from the table below to access the relevant PhD application form. You must then apply separately for an Informatics Global PhD scholarship using the online form.

Institute Primary Research Areas
ANC Machine Learning, Computational Neuroscience, Computational Biology
CISA Automated Reasoning, Agents, Data Intensive Research, Knowledge Management
ICSA Computer Architecture, Compilation & System Software, Networks & Communication
ILCC Language Processing, Speech Technology, Information Retrieval, Cognition
IPAB Robotics, Computer Vision, Computer Graphics & Animation
LFCS Foundations of Computer Science, Databases, Software & Systems Modelling

Online scholarship application

Applicants must first have applied for admission to an eligible programme before completing the online scholarship application. 

Eligible applicants should complete an online scholarship application

The first round deadline is 7th December 2018.

The second round deadline is 1st February 2019.

Please note you will not be able to access the online application form unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh.

The online scholarship application form is located in EUCLID and can be accessed via MyEd our web based information portal.


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

Support and guidance

Selection procedure

Candidates who meet or are expected to meet the eligibility requirements will be reviewed by their selected research institute. This will normally involve an interview, which may take place in person or via video conference.

Successful candidate will receive notification of their scholarship, which may be conditional on candidates achieving the predicted qualifications.

Notification of decisions

Applicants who apply before 7 December 2018 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by 18 February 2019.

Applicants who apply before 1 February 2019 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by 25 March 2019.

Find out more

You can access further information about the PhD application process from our FAQor contact the Informatics Graduate School.


Contact the Informatics Graduate School