Scholarships and Student Funding

Informatics Global PhD Scholarships

If you have a strong academic track record at undergraduate or Masters level, and are highly motivated to pursue a PhD programme in the School of Informatics at The University of Edinburgh, you could be selected to receive a full PhD scholarship. Applications for Informatics Global PhD Scholarships are open now to students of all nationalities who are planning to start a PhD in the School of Informatics from September 2021.


Informatics Global PhD Scholars will receive full financial support for the duration of their PhD studies, for up to 3 years. This will include:

• Full funding of all tuition fees, including overseas fees if applicable

• A stipend of £15,585 per year

• An additional research support fund of £2,000 per year for the first three years. This can be used for a variety of purposes approved by your supervisor including, but not restricted to, purchase of a laptop, attending conferences where you present a paper, specialist software or equipment.


Applications will be accepted from all candidates; there are no restrictions based on nationality or domicile.  Applicants must have applied to study full-time on one of the following eligible programmes within the School of Informatics:

  • PhD Informatics: AIAI: Automated Reasoning, Agents, Data Intensive Research, Knowledge Management
  • PhD Informatics: ANC: Machine Learning, Computational Neuroscience, Computational Biology 
  • PhD Informatics: LFCS: Foundations of Computer Science, Databases, Software & Systems Modelling
  • PhD Informatics: ICSA: Comp. Architecture, Compilation & System Software, Networks & Communication 
  • PhD Informatics: IPAB: Robotics, Computer Vision, Computer Graphics and Animation
  • PhD Informatics: ILCC: Language Processing, Speech Technology, Information Retrieval, Cognition 

Candidates must also meet certain minimum requirements for English language competency.


The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit with candidates expecting to obtain a high academic award from their most recent degree. In practice, this means a 1st class UK degree or a distinction at UK Masters level in a relevant discipline. Students with non-UK qualifications should check the equivalence of their degrees.

We are keen to increase our PGR community of under-represented minorities at the Informatics Graduate School and particularly welcome applications from female and black applicants and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.  


Applications for the 2021-2022 academic session are no longer being accepted for this scholarship as the 12th of February deadline has now passed. 

The application is a two stage process; if you wish to be considered for a scholarship to support your PhD studies then you must submit both a EUCLID programme application and submit an application form by the stated deadlines.

The first round deadline for submission of a EUCLID admission application is Friday 27th November 2020.  The deadline for submitting an IGPS application is Friday 18th December 2020.

The second round deadline for submission of a EUCLID admission application is  Friday 29 January 2021.  The deadline for submitting an IGPS application is Friday 12 February 2021.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Selection Procedure

Candidates who meet or are expected to meet the eligibility requirements will be reviewed by their selected research institute. This will normally involve an interview, which may take place in person or via video conference. Successful candidate will receive notification of their scholarship, which may be conditional on candidates achieving the predicted qualifications.

Notification of decisions

Applicants who apply before the first and second round deadlines, and who are selected to receive an IGPS scholarship (or been placed on a reserve list), will be notified by Friday 26th February 2021 and Friday 26th March respectively.  Applicants will be notified via the EUCLID scholarships portal.


You can access further information about the PhD application process from our FAQ, or contact the Informatics Graduate School.