Scholarships and Student Funding

The Burdett Fellows Studentship

The Burdett Trust for Nursing was established in 2002 with the aim of making charitable grants to support the nursing contribution to healthcare. The scholarships have a particular focus on developing research capacity and leadership within the nursing profession. It is hoped that these scholarships will form the research capacity building required for a future nursing research career for those successful in securing a scholarship, who will be known as The Burdett Fellows OR Nursing Studies Burdett Fellows.

The MSc by Research (Nursing) programme in Nursing Studies offers the highest quality of education and development for those nurses interested in developing world class research skills that would ideally position them to progress to PhD study. It aims to provide students with an advanced understanding of research design, data collection and data analysis issues in nursing and the wider health and social care context. The programme enables students to develop their understanding of debates about research, evidence and practice from a nursing lens. The programme is designed for qualified nurse practitioners and for graduates (or equivalent) interested in pursuing a future career as a research leader in the field to drive real-world positive change for global population health.


The Studentship is for 1 year full time. For UK (Home) students this will cover a stipend of £10,000 per annum and University fees. For International students this will cover a stipend of £17,000 per annum and University fees.

Funding will cease at the end of Year 1.


The Studentships will be awarded to new applicants who have applied for admission to the MSc by Research (Nursing) programme commencing in September 2023.


Applicants are expected meet the following criteria:


  • A registered nurse
  • A degree in Nursing (First-Class Honours or Upper Second-Class Honours or International equivalent)
  • Applicants must have applied or plan on applying to the MSc by Research (Nursing).
  • A research proposal that matches the subject area’s research interests, submitted on the School template.
  • If English language is not your first language, then an IELTS (or equivalent) of. 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module) is required.


  • Experience of undertaking empirical research
  • Working as part of a research team
  • Publication(s)


The scholarship deadline is Monday 24th April 11:59pm BST 2023.

In order to gain access to the scholarship application system, applicants must have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh.  Please note that, following the submission of an application for admission, it can take up to five working days for all system checks to be completed and for access to be granted.

The online scholarship application form is located in EUCLID and can be accessed via MyEd our web based information portal at

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The selection panel will meet after the deadline, shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and the successful candidates will be informed in June 2023.

Contact Details

Academic Contacts: Professor Aisha Holloway (Professor of Nursing Studies) and Dr Larry Doi (Programme Director)

Admissions Contact: