Scholarships and Student Funding

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Awards

The College Research Student Awards scheme is designed to attract high quality students applying for PhD research.

As a student with us you will work with some of the most influential academics in your chosen field and learn about the very latest developments in your subject. Those chosen exemplify the high standards the University of Edinburgh sets for its research students and the investment that we make in their potential.

Who can apply

The College Research Awards have a high number of applicants, and as a result are highly competitive. Applicants with an outstanding track record of academic achievements and research potential are encouraged to apply. Those candidates with research areas that fall under UK Research Council Awards are required to apply to the relevant Research Council as well.

Tips for writing a successful proposal

Your proposal should provide insight into what you plan to research, how you will conduct your research, and the contribution(s) it will make. At this stage your proposal provides evidence of your ability to write, think, create, and argue. It also helps indicate how your research will fit into the institution and its goals. A strong proposal contains a clear proposition and/or question, sets up outcomes that can be delivered, contains several propositions which are then connected to for the structure, is intelligible to non-experts, has a relevant audience, and shows critical thinking.


Award levels vary depending on your School. To get additional information on award amounts candidates should visit their School’s website or contact the School postgraduate office for additional information.

Business school

School of Divinity

School of Economics

Edinburgh College of Art

Moray House School of Education and Sport

School of History, Classics and Archaeology 

School of Health in Social Science

School of Law

School of Literature, Languages and Cultures

School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

School of Social and Political Science 


Candidates for the College Research Award must be seeking to start their first year of an on campus 3 year full-time or 6 year part-time PhD study in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences within the academic year 2020-2021, normally solely supervised by the University of Edinburgh.  In addition the following programmes are eligible:  PhD with Integrated Study in Economics  - 4 Years(Full-time), Distance in the School of Health in Social Science (PhD) - 3 Years (Full-time)  or 6 Years (Part-time).


Applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and research potential.


Applications for this scholarship are no longer being accepted for 2020-2021 as the 3rd of February deadline has now passed.

 Frequently Asked Questions


Applicants will be notified of their standing by their intended School of study.  Please contact your School's postgraduate office for information on your status.

Further Information

Postgraduate Research Student Office