Scholarships and Student Funding

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships

The University will offer PhD scholarships for students starting their PhD research at the University in the 2021-2022 academic session.


In order to attract the best and brightest PhD students, the University seeks to offer not only unparalleled research facilities and superb supervision, but also to provide development opportunities which will support our research students as they progress beyond their PhD, through an exciting scholarship scheme.


The University of Edinburgh has been working for some time to embed equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in its activities and to widen participation (WP) for students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds. The Doctoral College is committed to embedding EDI in all of its policies and processes, and by widening access to postgraduate study to traditionally underrepresented groups, including BAME students and those from the most deprived communities in Scotland and the rest of the world. The Doctoral College wishes to attract the greatest diversity of applications to this scheme and will ensure that recruitment processes are robust and unbiased.


Each scholarship covers the University tuition fee as well as a stipend of £15,609p.a. Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarships are awarded for between three and four years as agreed by the School/Deanery (or pro-rata for part time)


The awards are open to UK and overseas students applying to start their first year of study for an on-campus research degree in 2021-2022.

Applicants must have already applied for admission to a full-time or part-time on campus PhD research programme of study at the University. We encourage applicants who wish to apply for this scholarship to make contact with their academic school regarding any admission deadlines.

Please check the Entry Requirements for your proposed programme of study for details of other acceptable English language qualifications. 

You may apply for the scholarship prior to obtaining the necessary English language test results but the results should be uploaded as soon as possible.

These awards cannot be held concurrently with fully-funded scholarships but can be held with partially-funded scholarships and will be reduced pro-rata.


Applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and research potential. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a UK first class or 2:1 honours degree at undergraduate level or the international equivalent.

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

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


Undertake a package of training and development which will help them to develop the necessary skills required to meet their career choices and offer them a breadth of development opportunities in areas such as teaching, public engagement, entrepreneurship, data science, and research.

Terms and Conditions


Applications for the 2021-2022 academic session are no longer being accepted for this scholarship as all deadlines have now passed. 

Frequently Asked Questions


Applications deadlines will vary by School/Deanery and will be linked to the application deadline for programmes.

Participating Schools - please select the school, to which you wish to apply to.  By clicking on the name of the school it will take you to their web page.  We are still awaiting links from a number of schools, this will be updated in due course.
School Number of Scholarships Available 3 1/2  Year Tenure 4 Year Tenure Closing Date
Biological Sciences - closed for applications  1 No Yes 6th January 2021
Biomedical Sciences - closed for applications  1 Yes No 18th March 2021
Business School - closed for applications  1 Yes No 24th February 2021
Chemistry - closed for applications  2 No Yes 15th February 2021
Clinical Sciences - closed for applications  1 Yes No 8th March 2021
Divinity - closed for applications  1 Yes No 10th February 2021
Economics - closed for applications  1 No Yes 4th February 2021
Edinburgh College of Art - closed for applications  1 Yes No 4th February 2021
Engineering - closed for applications 1 No Yes 1st March 2021
Geosciences - closed for applications  1 Yes No 8th February 2021
Health in Social Sciences - closed for applications  1 TBC TBC 4th February 2021
History, Classics and Archeaeology - closed for applications  1 Yes No 4th February 2021
Informatics - closed for applications  1 No Yes 26th February 2021
Law - closed for applications  1 Yes No 4th February 2021
Literatures, Languages and Cultures - closed for applications  1 Yes No 15th February 2021
Mathematics - closed for applications 1 No Yes 1st February 2021
Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences - closed for applications 1 No yes 16th June 2021
Moray House Education - closed for applications  1 Yes No 25th February 2021
Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences -closed for applications  1 Yes No 4th February 2021
Physics and Astronomy - closed for applications  1 No Yes 28th February 2021
Royal (Dick) Veterinary Studies - closed for applications 1 No Yes 1st March 2021
Social and Political Science - closed for applications  1 Yes No 4th February 2021

Selection Procedure

The University will use the information you provide on your scholarship application form together with the information contained in the supporting documentation (reference and academic transcript) which you submitted as part of your application for admission to administer and assess your scholarship application and to select successful applicants.

Shortlisted candidates should expect to be invited to attend an interview which will take place either in person or by telephone.


All applicants will be notified of the outcome by the relevant school.   For further information, please contact the school directly.