Scholarships and Student Funding

University of Edinburgh/Copenhagen Scholarship

The University of Edinburgh and the University of Copenhagen are looking for PhD candidates for a Joint Research Initiative in the area of Social Data Science.

The University of Edinburgh is offering one studentship for a PhD applicant to undertake a project in Social Data Science for September 2021 entry. This is a student-led open competition for PhD research proposals for projects combining social science theory and methods with data science techniques and digital methods. We are looking for the most talented candidates that ideally bring knowledge and experience in either one of the content areas, or the methods, or both.

The PhD projects should deal with important problems and phenomena related to social science (such as challenges of digitalization in various sectors, health and care, conflict and discrimination, misinformation, government and urban data, cybercrime and internet infrastructure, information technology markets etc.), using methods from computational/data science, including (but not limited to) netnography, network analysis, computational text analysis, and machine learning.

The project will be undertaken as part of the University of Edinburgh – University of Copenhagen joint research initiative. The candidate will be associated with the Digital Social Science Cluster at the Centre for Data, Culture and Society at the University of Edinburgh, and the Center for Social Data Science at the University of Copenhagen, with joint supervisors from both universities. It is expected that PhD students will spend two years at their home university and one year at the partner university; support will be provided.


One award will be offered by the University of Edinburgh.  The successful applicant will be awarded a 4 year studentship, which includes full tuition fees, a stipend and provision of research costs.


The studentship will be awarded competitively and is open to UK and overseas students applying to start their PhD programme of study in 2021-2022.


All applicants should hold at least a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent, and a UK masters degree with an overall mark of 65% or its international equivalent.

English Language requirements:

All non-UK candidates whose first language is not English must provide a certificate of proficiency in the English Language before they are able to matriculate at the University of Edinburgh.

Please note that if applicants cannot demonstrate that English language requirements have been met at the point of application, the English requirement will be part of any admission offer made.


The deadline for applications is 3rd May 2021.

Applicants are required to provide the following information saved WITHIN ONE PDF FILE.

  1.  Personal statement about their research interests, reasons for applying, and fit to the theme of Social Data Science (maximum 1000 words)
  2.  Research proposal demonstrating the contribution to be made to Social Data Science, including a) Description of the main issue to be examined, b) Research objectives and questions, and c) Proposed methods and data (maximum 1000 words)
  3.  Academic CV
  4.  Two signed referee letters of reference. Candidates are required to submit at least 1 academic reference. The second reference may be academic or professional.
  5.  Degree transcripts (translations should be provided if the originals are not in English)

Where information is missing, the application may not be considered.

The PDF file should be emailed to PGAwards by the application deadline.

Further Information

Queries regarding research proposals should be directed to Ben Williamson.

General enquiries about the studentship can be directed to PGAwards.