Scholarships and Student Funding

The William R McFarlane Scholarship

The Edinburgh Centre for Global History (ECGH) invites applications for the William R. McFarlane Scholarship from candidates who meet the relevant criteria and have been accepted to a PhD programme in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, commencing in the academic year 2024-25.


The award will cover Home (UK) fees and provide an annual stipend at the standard UKRI rate (rate for 2023-2024 to be announced, but the equivalent for 2022-2023 was £17,688) for three years. An overseas awardee will be expected to cover the balance of their fees for three years.

The successful applicant will become a member of the ‘Migration, Slavery and Diaspora Studies’ Hub within the ECGH, which boasts a lively and supportive postgraduate community. The successful applicant will be expected to participate in the ECGH’s activities, including the Graduate Workshop.

For more information on how to apply, please see the link below.


Applicants for this award must:

Hold a UK 2.1 or first-class Honours undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant field;

Demonstrate an equally high standard of academic performance in a postgraduate Master’s degree in a relevant field, or be on course to do so.

All high quality proposals relating to migration and/or diaspora studies from any period, and from any geographical region, will be considered. Although Scottish history is a core concern, the Migration, Slavery and Diaspora Studies Hub has broad transnational interests, and welcomes projects relating to other nations or regions that put the Scottish example in a comparative perspective. Current/recent projects have focused on issues surrounding memory and identity (including military Scottishness, Irish diasporas in Melbourne and Chicago, and mapping memories of slavery), Scottish, Dutch, Jewish, and enslaved African diasporas in the early modern Atlantic World, and the impact of Scottish involvement with the slave economy on material culture at home. Prospective applicants are welcome to propose topics in related areas, but should not feel obliged to do so. 


Applications for this scholarship are no longer being accepted as the deadline date of the 21st of March 2023 has now passed. 

Frequently Asked Questions


Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by May 2023.  We reserve the right not to make an award in the event that no suitable applications are received. 


If you have a question which has not been answered above, please email the HCA Postgraduate Research Office (