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 and meet eligibility criteria are advised 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.
The award provides full tuition fees with an annual stipend for three years or part time equivalent. The stipend will be set to the UKRI level for 2024/25. The UKRI level for 2023/24 is currently £18,622 for full-time students, or the pro rata equivalent for part-time students.
Candidates for the College Research Award must be seeking to start their first year of full-time, part-time or distance PhD study in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences within the academic year 2024/25. 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.
The scholarship deadline is 23:59 GMT 1st February 2024 with the exception to the Business School which will be 23:59 GMT 29th February 2024 and the School of Economics which will be 23:59 GMT 5th February 2024.
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 https://www.myed.ed.ac.uk
When logging in to MyEd, you will need your University User Name and password. If you require assistance, please go to http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-systems/support-guidance If you have not applied for admission, please go ahead and do this and you will receive your University User Name and password.
The scholarship deadline is 1st February 2024 with the exception to the Business School which will be the 29th February 2024 and the School of Economics which will be 23:59 GMT 5th February 2024: you are strongly advised to ensure that you have submitted your application for admission at least five working days before this date and within the School admission deadline if earlier.
Please note that some Schools have admission application deadlines which are earlier than this scholarship deadline. Please check the relevant School PhD Scholarship webpage.
Applicants within the Edinburgh College of Art are advised to refer to ECA College Research Awards for additional requirements.
Applicants within Moray House School of Education and Sport are advised to refer to the MHSE College Research Award page for additional statement requirements.
Applicants within the School of Social and Political Science are advised to refer to the SPS Research Award page for additional statement requirements.
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.