School of Informatics

Research scholarships - UK students

Scholarship information for UK postgraduate research students.

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships (EDCS)

The scheme is highly competitive and applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and research potential. Candidates are selected and ranked at School level, based on the strength and quality of their PhD application, research proposal, references and scholarship application.

Candidates apply to the Scholarships Office, via the online scholarship application form which is located in EUCLID and can be accessed via the MyEd portal. The opening date for the online scholarship application form will be announced by the Scholarships Office.

Deadline for EDCS applications for entry in the academic sessions 2023/4: TBC

In order to gain access to the scholarship application system, applicants must first apply for admission to the University of Edinburgh via EUCLID. Once you have submitted your EUCLID PhD application, you will receive an email confirming your Universal User Name (UUN). You will need your UUN number to then submit a scholarship application via the online scholarship application form. Please note that this number is generated automatically by the EUCLID application system and may take up to ten days to receive. It is advisable, therefore, to submit your application in advance of the formal deadline.

For more information please check the link below:

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships - UK Students

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Awards

Each year, the School receives a number of EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scholarships which can be used to support PhD students enrolling on a full time Informatics PhD programme.

Home/UK fee status students may be eligible for this funding under certain fee status and residency conditions.   Full funding, consisting of fees plus the national minimum stipend to cover living expenses.

Allocation of these scholarships are under the control of the Graduate School and decisions are usually made between January and March each year, for entry in September. A separate application is not required but a complete application for admission must have been received by the second round application deadline (usually end of January).  

EPSRC

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.

ATI Scholarships

CASE studentships/ Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

EPSRC's Industrial CASE scheme provides funding for PhD students doing industrially-relevant research.

These awards are made to companies who then choose an academic partner to host the student. The company provides a co-supervisor and makes a financial contribution, and the student needs to spend at least 3 months over the PhD period working in the company.

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.

The Carnegie Scholarship

Updates regarding the academic year 2023/4 will be provided when details are confirmed.

You are eligible to be nominated for this PhD award by a Scottish university if:

  • you already hold, or are on track to graduate with a First Class Honours degree from one of the eligible host organisations in Scotland;
  • your undergraduate degree is in a subject related to the academic field of your proposed doctoral research;
  • you have been accepted on a doctoral programme at one of the eligible host organisations;
  • your doctoral programme will start in the coming academic year (2022-23).

This scheme is open to students of any nationality who meet the above criteria.

Candidates are first selected and ranked at School level, based on the strength and quality of their PhD application, research proposal, references and scholarship application.  The School then makes up to 3 nominations to the College Office, who then select the final four candidates to be put forward to The Carnegie Trust selection panel.

In order to gain access to the scholarship application system, applicants must first apply for admission to an Informatics PhD programme via the EUCLID admissions portal. The deadline for submitting an Informatics PhD programme application (for entry in 2022/23) via the EUCLID admissions portal is Fri 7 January 2022.

Once you have submitted your EUCLID PhD application, you will receive an email confirming your Universal User Name (UUN). You will need your UUN number to then submit a scholarship application via the online scholarship application form. Please note that this number is generated automatically by the EUCLID application system and may take up to ten days to receive it.

Once you have your UUN, you must specifically apply for the Carnegie Scholarship via the Scholarships Office. Applications are submitted online through the EUCLID scholarship application form and can be accessed via the MyEd portal. The scholarship application must be submitted by Mon 24 January 2022.

School nominations to College are required by Fri 31 January 2022.

For more information please check the links below:

Carnegie Trust

Carnegie PhD Scholarships