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 eligible candidates who have been accepted to a PhD programme in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology commencing in the academic year 2020-2021.


The award will cover Home/EU fees and provide an annual stipend at the standard RCUK rate (rate for 2020-2021 to be announced, but the equivalent for 2019-2020 was £15,009) for three years.  An overseas awardee will be expected to cover the balance of their tuition 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 the award and how to apply, please see the link below.


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.

Only candidates who have been accepted to a PhD programme in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology commencing in the academic year 2020-2021 will be able to apply. 


Applicants for these awards 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.

Informal enquiries about the awards can be made to:

Professor Nuala Zahedieh (Head, Migration, Slavery and Diaspora Studies Hub) or

Dr Stephen McDowall (Director, Edinburgh Centre for Global History)


Applications for this scholarship are no longer being accepted for 2020-2021 as the 20th of March deadline has now passed.

Frequently Asked Questions


Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications as soon as possible after the deadline.  We reserve the right not to make an award in the event that no suitable applications are received.