Funding boost for PhD scholarships

The University has been awarded £5.9m to fund doctoral studies in science and engineering.

The funding will support more than 80 PhD scholarships in a range of research areas, including data science and medical engineering.

The award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council was announced by Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science.

Doctoral training

The funding will support scholarships in ten Schools across all three of the University’s Colleges.

It is part of a UK-wide investment in science and engineering research totalling £204m.

We are committed to securing the UK’s position as a world leader in science and innovation, and supporting the vital work of scientists in Edinburgh is key to this. This £5.9m of funding for the University of Edinburgh will enable them to take on more doctoral students to support their most promising research, leading to new discoveries and commercial partnerships. It will also give more students the chance to study at PhD level, boosting high level skills in Edinburgh and supporting jobs and growth.

Jo Johnson MPMinister for Universities and Science

Funding allocation

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has changed how funding is allocated through its Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs).

The DTP funds will support students for the academic years beginning October 2016 and 2017. Until now, funding had been awarded on an annual basis.

The changes have been made to give institutions greater certainty and increased time to plan their DTP programmes.

The University is delighted to be awarded £5.9m by EPSRC to fund doctoral training. The new funding format gives us the welcome flexibility to plan scholarships over two years, complement the EPSRC-funded centres of doctoral training and promote interdisciplinary projects bringing together academics from across the University.

Dr Antony MaciociaDean of Students, College of Science and Engineering