Scholarships and Student Funding

Northern Scholars Scheme PhD Scholarship

Applications are invited for scholarship funding to undertake PhD study at the University of Edinburgh for up to three years from September 2019 or January 2020 under the aegis of the University of Edinburgh’s Northern Scholars Scheme.

The scholarship is for the preparation and completion of a PhD under the broad theme of Foundations, Transformations and Representations of Nordic Culture and Society’.

The University has research expertise and can thus offer supervision via individuals and groups of scholars in a number of Schools in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, including, but not necessarily confined to:

Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC): Notably through DELC: Scandinavian Studies, supervision can be offered in fields such as: Modern and medieval Scandinavian literature, culture and society; Mythology and folklore; Viking diaspora studies; Scandinavian place-names; Scandinavian dialects, sociolects and the societal dimension of linguistic change; Interdisciplinary perspectives on cultural and linguistic minorities; Language policy and language planning; Linguistic landscapes and; Critical approaches to language, political ideologies, identity and power. LLC is also home to Celtic & Scottish Studies, so projects with a small-state comparative approach would be very welcome.

Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS): Supervision in all relevant aspects of language/linguistics, including, but not limited to: Multilingualism (in both its cognitive and social dimensions); Language planning (particularly contrasts between the language/dialect situation in Scotland and in the Nordic countries); Language change (including Scandinavian influences on language varieties in the UK) and; Language technology for ‘small’ languages.

Social and Political Science (SPS): Supervision can be offered in relation to: Immigration/integration policies; Citizenship and; Parties and elections in comparative Nordic perspective.

All units have good links with each other, and consequently the committee also welcomes proposals for interdisciplinary projects, involving joint supervision from different units within the same School, or on a cross-School basis. Where appropriate, additional supervisory expertise can be provided by other academic units outwith the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, such as the School of GeoSciences.

The successful candidate will be encouraged to take full advantage of the wide range of available training, knowledge exchange and outreach opportunities. The University and the academic units within it also maintain strong links with numerous partner institutions in the Nordic area, providing further opportunities for research networking and exchange.

Candidates are encouraged to discuss their planned dissertation topics with potential supervisors in any of the Schools mentioned above. They are also welcome to contact any of the following:

Arne Kruse (, Alan Macniven (, Guy Puzey (, and Bjarne Thomsen ( (Scandinavian Studies); and Rob Dunbar ( (Celtic and Scottish Studies) in LLC.

Caroline Heycock ( or Pavel Iosad ( in PPLS.


Pontus Odmalm ( in SPS.


The successful student will be awarded £19,000 in the first year which will cover the full-time UK/EU or international rate of tuition fees. Any remaining funds will go towards a stipend for subsistence.

Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarships will be awarded for a maximum of three years, with the total amount of the award rising in line with annual increases to the standard full-time fees for International PhD students in CAHSS.

Additional Programme Costs are not included in this award and successful applicants will remain liable for this cost.


The awards are open to UK, EU and international students commencing a PhD degree in the academic year 2019-2020, beginning in either September 2019 or January 2020.

Only applications to year one of a PhD programme of study will be considered.

The awards will be made based on academic merit, the strength of the candidates’ research proposals (covering originality, importance, and feasibility), and their relevance to the research profiles of the participating departments. Successful applicants are likely to hold a UK first-class honours undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant field and to have demonstrated a high academic achievement in a master's degree in a relevant field.



The successful candidate will be obliged to give two public lectures for the Northern Scholars Scheme.


Applicants must e-mail a completed application form for the scholarship, which includes a research proposal of not more than 1,000 words and a personal statement of not more than 400 words, by the application deadline of 28th April 2019.  Applicants must also have applied for admission to a full-time PhD programme of study within an appropriate School and have received an offer of admission by the time the selection committee meets in May.

To download the application form click here:

Applications should be emailed to:

The University will inform the successful applicant in May 2019.


All applicants will be notified of the outcome by late May 2019.