Scholarships and Student Funding

The Derek Britton Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students entering their second year of a single honours degree in Linguistics and/or English Language.


Derek Britton, who died in March 2011, was a Senior Lecturer in English Language at Edinburgh University from 1979 until he retired in 2004. He was an internationally renowned scholar of the history of English and for many years the Director of Edinburgh’s Institute for Historical Dialectology. Funds for this Scholarship were raised in Derek's memory by his family, friends and colleagues.


One scholarship is available in 2016-2017. The scholarship is worth £3,000 and will be awarded in three annual instalments of £1,000.


Eligible applicants must be undertaking a single honours degree in one of the following subjects:

  • MA English Language
  • MA Linguistics
  • MA Linguistics & English Language

Applicants should have successfully completed their first year of study. The successful recipient will receive the first instalment of their scholarship during his/hersecond year.

The successful applicant is selected on grounds of academic merit, as demonstrated in the first year of study, and need (based on the applicant's financial circumstances or on specific plans regarding the use of the scholarship). Applicants are invited to submit a statement of need comprising up to 300 words as part of the application process.

The scholarship may be terminated at any time when an unsatisfactory progress report is received from the School or if the scholarship holder ceases to be registered as a full-time student of the relevant subjects at the University of Edinburgh.


The deadline for this scholarship for 2016-2017 has now passed. 



Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in December 2016.