Scholarships and Student Funding

School awards

The School offers a number of scholarships which cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a maintenance stipend for a maximum of three years.


There are two different types of award on offer to PhD candidates applying for a programme within Social and Political Science:

  • Graduate School Studentship: pays the Home/EU fee rate and a maintenance stipend of £14,000 per annum, for 3 years.
  • Graduate School Scholarship: pays the Home/EU fee rate and a maintenance stipend of £7,000 per annum, for 3 years.

Awards are made for one year in the first instance and are renewable for up to a further two years (pro-rata for part-time students), subject to satisfactory academic progress.

Students liable to pay international fees may combine the Graduate School PhD Scholarship with other Scholarships (such as the Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship), to cover all the fee costs.


These awards are available both to students intending to commence PhD study in September 2019 and to on-course SPS students currently in the first year of their PhD (if successful this will be a 2-year award). These awards are available to all areas of research within the School of Social and Political Science.

If the proposed research is in the areas of social justice, gender and equality, human rights, peace or conflict resolution; you may also be eligible to apply for the Chrystal Macmillan Studentship.

Chrystal Macmillan Studentship


Applications for this scholarship are no longer being accepted for 2019-2020 as the 5th February deadline has now passed.


All applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of April 2018.

School of Social and Political Science

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Graduate School
1.19 Chrystal Macmillian Building

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