Scholarships and Student Funding

School of History, Classics and Archaeology Doctoral Scholarship

The School is delighted to invite applications from outstanding candidates for its Doctoral Scholarship Award for 2021-2022 entry.


This PhD studentship will pay a stipend at the equivalent rate to that offered by the Research Councils (value TBA, but for guidance, in 2020- 2021 this was £15,285).  Tuition fees at the UK rate will also be paid.   Successful Overseas applicants will be liable for the difference between the Home and Overseas fees rates.   Payment will be made in equal monthly instalments for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory performance. Awards will be paid pro-rata for part-time candidates. 

As one of the intentions of these awards is to enhance the skills portfolio of successful candidates, awardees will undertake specified teaching and related duties following appropriate training as an integral part of their scholarship package.


The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is delighted to invite applications from outstanding candidates for this PhD scholarship designed to attract the best and brightest candidates to study in Edinburgh.

We welcome applications across our full range of research areas in History, Classics and Archaeology, both in areas in which we have long-standing strengths and in areas where we are currently expanding.

You can find out more about our research interests and research groups and centres on our webpages - History, Classics & Archaeology

For more information about our PhD programmes, help in identifying a prospective supervisor or eligibility for these scholarships, please contact our Graduate Officers:

History: Dr David Silkenat

Classics: Dr Kimberley Czajkowski

ArchaeologyDr Robert Leighton


The size of Edinburgh’s history department, and the breadth of expertise available from our staff, means that we can offer supervision for research projects in a wide array of fields, spanning two millennia and five continents.

We have particularly strong research concentrations in Scottish history, American history, Irish history, Social and Economic history and Medieval history.

We are also keen to encourage applications from prospective doctoral students in the following research areas:

  • Global and Transnational History
  • Intellectual history of early modern Europe (including Britain and Ireland)


We can offer supervision and welcome applications across most of the major areas of Classical studies: Greek and Latin literature and thought, Greek, Roman, Late Antique and Byzantine history, and Classical Art and Archaeology. 

We are also keen to encourage applications from prospective doctoral students in the following research areas:

  • Ancient Law
  • The Classical Tradition in Byzantium/the Medieval West


Our research interests range from human osteoarchaeology to Roman archaeology, early civilisations and urban societies in Europe, the Byzantine world and late antiquity, late hunter-gatherers and the spread of farming in Europe, megalithic monuments, later European prehistory and the archaeology of Scotland.

We are also keen to encourage applications from prospective doctoral students in the following research areas:

  • Cultural Heritage and Community Engagement
  • Western and Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology


Applicants for these awards must:

  • Hold a UK 2.1 or first class honours undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant field
  • Hold, or successfully achieve before commencing their PhD with us, an equally high standard of postgraduate masters degree in a relevant field

Please note current students are not eligible to apply for the School Doctoral Scholarships.


Applications for the 2021-2022 academic session are no longer being accepted for this scholarship as the 4th of February deadline has now passed. 

Completed PhD admission applications must have been made via the University of Edinburgh online application system by Monday 25th January 2021, 23:59.

This means that all your supporting documentation (research proposal, academic references, copies of qualifications/transcripts) must, where available, also be uploaded. Please liaise closely with your referee to ensure they supply the required reference by this date.  The suggested word limit for the Research Proposal is c.1000 words.

If a degree result or test of English competency is pending we can consider your application and, where appropriate, make you an offer conditional upon supplying these at a later date.

Apply for your programme of study

Eligible applicants must also complete an online scholarship application for these scholarships. The closing date for the scholarship application is Thursday 4th February 2021, 23:59. Please note you will not be able to access the online application form unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh.

As part of your application, you will complete a personal statement. Do not underestimate the importance of your personal statement in which you should set out your academic achievements and goals, and indicate how the award would benefit your studies. This statement should give added value to your application and help you to stand out. It will be read carefully by panel members. Make sure that it reflects you and your accomplishments as well as possible. 

Further information cane be found at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology

 Frequently Asked Questions


All applicants will be notified of the outcome in April 2021.