Scholarships and Student Funding

Perfect Storms: Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships

The University of Edinburgh invites applications from exceptional candidates for a fully funded doctoral research project that addresses a ‘Perfect Storm’.

University of Edinburgh will offer five doctoral scholarships funded by the Leverhulme Trust in 2017-2018.

Each scholarship covers full UK/EU/International fees as well as living and research costs for 36 months of study.

The scholarships support interdisciplinary research on ‘perfect storms’ - the most profound problems facing contemporary and future societies, shaped by rapid social and political transformation, brought about by the unique convergence of events, processes, forces and systems.

This year’s Leverhulme Perfect Storm doctoral scholarships will support research that explores the resilience of institutions, spaces and communities in the global south to disruptive events and processes.


The awards are open to students of any nationality commencing a full-time PhD programme in 2017-2018 with one of the following Schools:

Applicants must have already applied for admission to a full-time PhD research programme of study.


Applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and research potential.

Although candidates with an upper second class honours Bachelor's degree (or the overseas equivalent) can be considered, in order to be competitive you should really have a first class Bachelor's degree supplemented by an excellent Master's degree.

Other factors such as financial status, nationality and the proposed field of study are not taken into account.

Excluding factors

The University of Edinburgh will not generally consider candidates who have already obtained a PhD, or formal equivalent, as a result of direct research training.

Please also note that if you have applied for consecutive registration where you will start your Masters programme of study in 2017 and your PhD the following year in 2018, that you will not be eligible to apply for an award in 2017.

Leverhulme Perfect Storm doctoral scholarships cannot be held concurrently with fully-funded scholarships such as a Commonwealth Scholarship, or a Marshall Scholarship.


Eligible applicants should complete an online application

The closing date for applications is 4th August 2017.

Please note you will not be able to access the online application form unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh.

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

When logging in to MyEd, you will need your University User Name and password. If you require assistance, please go to


Notification of award

Applicants who apply in July/August will be notified of the result in August 2017.

Applicants who applied prior to the 28th February 2017 closing date have already been notified and need not reapply.


For more details on this award please contact Scholarships and Student Funding Services.

Scholarships and Financial Support Team

  • Scholarships and Student Funding Services
  • The University of Edinburgh

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Related Links

Leverhulme Trust website

Global Academies on Research Explorer