Research Scholarships - Overseas
An Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship is a grant covering the difference between home and overseas PhD fees. New overseas applicants are eligible, and the award covers the full 3 years of fees.
Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship
The scheme is highly competitive. Candidates are ranked at School level, and selected at College level, on the basis of their scholarship application and the two references submitted with their PhD application.
Candidates apply to the Scholarships Office.
Informatics Overseas Research Scholarship
The School of Informatics will be enhancing the Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship scheme by offering additional internally sponsored awards, covering the difference between home and overseas PhD fees. New overseas applicants are eligible, and the award covers the full 3 years of fees.
Candidates requiring funding for the difference between home and overseas PhD fees should apply for the Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship, and any other applicable scholarships. Strong applicants who are unable to fund their overseas fees will be considered automatically for the Informatics Overseas Research Scholarship, although funding is limited and there are no guarantees of funding.
Principal's Career Development Scholarship
The scheme is highly competitive. Candidates are ranked at School level, and selected at College level, on the basis of their scholarship application and the two references submitted with their PhD application. Candidates apply to the Scholarships Office.
The British Council
The British Council is a good source of information for non-UK student funding opportunities.
Funding from National Governments
National funding competitions are an excellent source of funding for non-UK students, and you are very strongly encouraged to apply to any such schemes for which you are eligible. (Research Council scholarships are the main corresponding scheme for UK students.) Often the success rate is greater than for any source of funding we can provide, and in some cases stipend levels are more generous.
These are full scholarships for Commonwealth citizens. Selection takes place in the candidate's home country, and procedures and deadlines vary. Candidates nominate several host universities when they apply.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Scholarships
Open to US citizens only, this scheme provides opportunities for the most promising postgraduate students to undertake international, collaborative four-year PhD training based in both a UK/Republic of Ireland (RoI) academic institution and a US academic institution.
Alan Turing Institute Scholarships
This scheme provides opportunities for the most promising postgraduate students to undertake collaborative 3.5-year PhD training based in both the Alan Turing Institute, and in one of the UK academic partners in Turing, of which Edinburgh is one. Candidates need to note their interest in this scholarship in their application, and highlight this in conversations with their potential supervisor. More information is available below.
US applicants may apply to the Federal Family Education Loan Program. Canadian applicants may apply to the Canada Student Loans Program.
IBM PhD Fellowships (for 2nd year students)
IBM runs an international competition for these fellowships. Students must already be enrolled for PhD study to be eligible.
Successful candidates receive a stipend plus fees for one year, renewable for up to two further years. They are also encouraged to spend time at an IBM research or development lab as a paid intern.
Candidates are selected on the basis of their potential for research excellence, the degree to which their technical interests align with those of IBM, and their academic progress to-date.
Microsoft Research European PhD scholarships
Microsoft Research runs an international competition for these scholarships. Awards are made to a supervisor for a specific research topic, whereupon the supervisor has up to a year to find a suitable student. Topics are restricted to a specific set of research areas and students cannot apply directly to Microsoft.
Google European Doctoral Fellowships (for 2nd year students)
Applicants for these fellowships are nominated from among students already undertaking a PhD in Informatics in mid-January; students cannot apply directly to Google.
Google Europe Anita Borg Memorial scholarships (female students only)
This scholarship scheme, run by Google, offers a 5000 euro scholarship for a single academic year. Only females are eligible.
Graduate School and Institute funding
Some funding is available directly from the School of Informatics Graduate School and each of the seven institutes. Students need not apply for this funding via a separate application but a complete application for admission must have been received by the end of March.