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.

Schools within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Candidates for the College Research Award must be seeking to start their first year of full-time or part-time PhD study in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences within the academic year 2018-2019.  MSc by Research programmes are not eligible.


Applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and research potential.


Eligible applicants should complete an online scholarship application

Please note you will not be able to access the online application form unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh.

The scholarship deadline is 1st February 2018: you are strongly advised to ensure that you have submitted your application for admission at least five working days before this date.

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

Applicants within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology are advised to refer to HCA College Research Awards

Applicants within Edinburgh College of Art should note the following:  the Personal Statement for your scholarship application should clearly state why you are applying for this scholarship, why you feel your research proposal best fits with subject area expertise and what benefit the scholarship will have for your research.  We are looking for evidence on how the PhD programme fits with your career aspirations, how you plan to take best advantage of the opportunities on offer and we are also looking for your thoughts on how you might contribute to the research community within ECA.  Please also consider the following areas: relevant professional experience; preparedness for research; quality of research proposal; knowledge exchange, public engagement and impact; supervisory fit and nature and level of supervisory support.


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.

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Postgraduate Office

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