Scholarships and Student Funding

Postgraduate Research students

As part of a commitment by the Scottish Government to support postgraduate research student, in hardship funding is available to support continuing PhD and MSc by Research of all fee statuses due to Covid-19. The fund is for short term living support. The funds cannot replace loss of income but can provide a contribution towards living costs.

This fund is now closed and we cannot accept any further applications. 

You may be eligible for assistance from one of our other funds- please refer to our Hardship Funding page

 

Who is eligible

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 and from 1st August 2021, students who commenced studies in academic session 2021/22 is not eligible for this fund.   
  • 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 
  • Assistance is available to those who are fully matriculated and making good academic progress 

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.

We cannot assist with:

  • Anticipated future costs
  • Shortfalls in your month to month maintenance
  • Assistance with tuition fees
  • Where we identify excessive spending any potential award will be reduced. Consistent excessive spending across multiple applications may lead to no funds being awarded. This would include a high volume spend on takeaways or recreational spending non-essential living costs of

Fraudulent Applications

If you submit an application or supporting documentation which we then discover to be fraudulent or if we receive any information about fraudulent applications, this will be addressed within regulations 12.4 of the Student Code of Conduct  any funds awarded will need to be paid back in full. 

Application requirements

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: 

  1.  Ensure you complete all parts of the online application form . 
  2.  Upload all relevant information in a PDF format.  Without this information we will be unable to process your form
    1. All Bank Statements will be required and these should cover 3 months up until the date of application, this includes all accounts, including secondary or online savings accounts (This includes PayPal, Monzo, UK, overseas accounts and any cryptocurrencies e.g  Bitcoin, NEO etc)
    2. Bank statements must be provided in PDF format and must show the account holder name, account number, transaction details and running balance. Screenshots cannot be accepted
      1. We cannot accept applications if you do not hold a bank account in your name, including if you use parental accounts/credit cards to pay for living expenses.
      2. If you have multiple bank accounts including those in your original home country, please ensure all accounts are submitted to avoid delays. 
  3. Evidence of rent or mortgage payments eg Loan tenancy agreement or letter from landlord
  4. Evidence of capital/savings available to you
  5. Any amount held within your bank account will be treated as funds that you have access to.
  6. Any other information asked for within the application process. 

Please note, we cannot accept screen shots of information.  To avoid any delay in assessment, where you have multiple bank accounts, including online accounts, please submit the required documentation with your application

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.

Assessment of Application

Assessment normally takes about 30 working days from receipt of a complete application, you will receive an email informing you of the decision.  Please note, due to the current circumstances  applications may take longer dependant on the number of applications we are receiving.  We will keep our webpages up to date with processing times.  

If your application is successful, it can take up to 10 working days for payments to be processed.  

Receiving funds

Awards are paid by BACS (Bankers' Automated Clearing Services).  If you are successful, Finance will process payment to your bank account.  You will be asked to provide these details via a link on the form.   It may take up to 10 working days for funds to reach your bank account.

Overseas Bank accounts

We are unable to make payments to overseas bank accounts. You must set up a UK bank account before applying to the fund.

Learn about your options for opening your first student bank account in the UK and banking safety

Application form

The fund is currently closed and will reopen for application on the 17th of January 2022. 

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"

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 28 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.

Online Resources to assist you

Fraud Awareness Resources

Find advice and guidance on how to prevent and respond to online fraud and phishing attacks, especially while during hybrid working and studying.

Scams

SCAM is a fraudulent scheme performed by a dishonest individual, group, or company in an attempt to obtain money or something else of value.  Anyone can be targeted and everyone is at risk so it is important you learn how to recognise a scam and protect yourself against them.

Scams are now very sophisticated (and can be complex) using impersonation techniques, stolen data or personal details from social media to make you believe what they say is genuine. Scammers may think you are an easy target because you are away from home, family and friends. You may be unfamiliar with local laws or not know where to go for help and advice

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