Scholarships and Student Funding

Witherspoon Scholarship

The University of Edinburgh will offer a Masters scholarship to a graduate from Princeton University for postgraduate study in any subject offered by the University for the 2018-2019 academic session.


The scholarship will have a value of £20,000 and will be tenable for one academic year, with the award contributing towards the scholar's tuition fees and any remainder being allocated towards living costs.

The John Witherspoon Scholarship was established with help from the University of Edinburgh's USA Development Trust to mark the opening of the University of Edinburgh's North America Office in October 2014. It is named for one of the University's most distinguished graduates; John Witherspoon was a signatory of the American Declaration of Independence and transformative president of Princeton University. In recognition of this historical link, the scholarship is offered to a graduating Princeton senior.


The scholarships will be awarded to a US national, who is resident in the USA, and who is accepted for admission on a full-time basis studying towards a one-year postgraduate Masters programme of study at the University of Edinburgh.

The  scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Princeton University.

Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University of Edinburgh and should have firmly accepted that offer. Preference will be given to candidates who have not already had the opportunity to study in Scotland.


The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, the overseas equivalent of a UK first-class honours degree.


Applications for this scholarship are no longer being accepted for 2018-2019 as the deadline has now passed.


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