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 2023-2024 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 £18,622p.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 2024-2025.

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


Please check the table below as each School has an individual deadline date and application process.

In order to gain access to the scholarship application system, applicants must have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh.  Please note that, following the submission of an application for admission, it can take up to five working days for all system checks to be completed and for access to be granted.

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 If you have not applied for admission, please go ahead and do this and you will receive your University User Name and password.


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 1 No Yes Applications are now closed as the 27th November 2023 has passed.
Biomedical Sciences 1 No Yes TBC
Business School  1 Yes No TBC
Chemistry   3 No Yes

4th January 2024

Clinical Sciences 1 Yes No TBC
Divinity  1 Yes No 1st February 2024
Economics  1 No Yes 1st February 2024
Edinburgh College of Art   1 Yes No 1st February 2024
Engineering 1 No Yes 7th March 2024
Geosciences  3 Yes No TBC
Health in Social Sciences 1 Yes No 1st February 2024
History, Classics and Archaeology  1 Yes No 1st February 2024
Informatics  1 No Yes 8th February 2024
Law 1 Yes No 1st February 2024
Literatures, Languages and Cultures  1 Yes No 1st February 2024
Mathematics 1 No Yes TBC
Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences  1 No Yes TBC
Moray House Education  1 Yes No 1st February 2024
Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences  1 Yes No 1st February 2024
Physics and Astronomy  3 No Yes TBC
Royal (Dick) Veterinary Studies 1 No Yes TBC
Social and Political Science  1 Yes No 1st February 2024

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.