Scholarships and Student Funding

Postgraduate Research students

As part of a commitment by the Scottish Government to support postgraduate research student, £250,000 in hardship funding available to support continuing PhD and MSc by Research of all fee statuses due to Covid-19. The funds can contribute to travel, accommodation and subsistence for those most in need. The funds cannot replace loss of income but can provide a contribution towards living costs.

Eligibility

In order to be considered, you must: 

  • Be a matriculate PhD or MSc by Research student who commenced their studies in the 2019/20 academic year or before - students who commenced studies in academic session 2020/21 are not eligible.
  • Have yet to submit your thesis
  • Have been impacted by Covid, please use the personal statement to detail impact 
  • Have not applied for or in receipt of extended stipend 

Welfare Advisors at the EUSA Advice Place are available to answer your questions and provide support for your application. We recommend contacting a Welfare Advisor before completing the form  Advice Place Contacts.

Things to know about the application process

We follow an audit framework for all hardship and discretionary funding. This requires us to assess a student’s access to funding and their living costs to determine financial hardship. We will use the information in the application form and require: 

During the application process, you are required to attach supporting evidence such as: 

  • Bank statements – The statements must be official statements in PDF format that show the account holder name, account number, transaction details and running balance.  These must cover the recent 3 months and up to the current date of submitting your application, (screen shots are not acceptable). If you have multiple bank accounts including those in your original home country, please ensure all accounts are submitted to avoid delays. 
  • A copy of the lease for the property you are renting or mortgage agreement (screen shots are not acceptable). 
  • Any other information asked for within the application process. 

Please ensure all attachments are  in the format of PDF’s.  Without the relevant information, this will cause a delay in assessing your application. All application details and supporting documentation are treated as confidential.  

We would ask all students to be patient as the fund is added to existing hardship and discretionary funding which we expect will be heavily in demand. Once we have all required information, we expect the turnaround time will be 21 days for assessment and payment. We will update the webpages with processing timeframes to avoid additional email traffic.  

How to apply

Application - please click here to use our online form

The fund will be used on a first come first basis until the funds are fully drawn. If a closing date is determined, we will update these webpages. The reasons applications may rejected are: lack of information or evidence of impact, access to a high volume of funds, consistent excessive spending or gambling.

What if I disagree with the assessment of my application?

If you disagree with the decision reached you are entitled to request a review of your application. Reviews should be sent to studentfunding@ed.ac.uk with the subject "Request for  Review - Research Postgraduate Covid-19 Financial Assistance"

Reviews should be requested in writing, clearly stating the grounds for appeal and, where appropriate, supplying additional documentary evidence to support the review process. All requests for review must be received within 14 days of the date of the original decision letter. The review process can take up to two weeks.

After you have received the outcome of your review, if you still disagree with our decision you may appeal in writing to the Scholarships and Student Funding Services Manager, who is responsible for handling the final appeal. You should clearly indicate how you believe an incorrect decision has been made. The applicant will be informed of the final decision in writing within seven working days.

EUSA Advice Place staff will be able to advise you as to whether or not you have sufficient grounds to request a review.