Scholarships and Student Funding

The William R McFarlane Scholarship

The Migration and Diaspora Hub at the Edinburgh Centre for Global History (ECGH) invites applications for the William R. McFarlane Scholarship from candidates who meet the relevant criteria and are accepted onto a PhD programme in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology commencing in the academic year 2019-2020.


The award will cover Home/EU fees and provide an annual stipend at the standard RCUK rate (rate for 2019-2020 to be announced but the equivalent for 2018-2019 was £14,777) for three years. Overseas awardees will be expected to cover the balance of their fees for three years.

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


Applications for the scholarship are invited from candidates engaged in the history of Scottish migration or related diaspora themes. Although Scottish history is a core concern, the ECGH’s Migration and Diaspora Hub, which has developed out of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies, has broad transnational interests and welcomes projects relating to other nations which put the Scottish example in a comparative perspective.


Applicants for these awards must:

  • hold a UK 2.i 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

Applications for the scholarship must also demonstrate the relevance of their topic to the history of Scottish migration or any related diaspora theme but are not bound by geography or chronology. The Migration and Diaspora Hub has broad transnational interests and current/recent projects are focused on issues surrounding Memory and Identities (including military Scottishness; a comparison between the Irish diasporas in Melbourne and Chicago; and mapping memories of slavery); Diasporas in the Early Modern Atlantic World (including Scots, Dutch, Jews, and enslaved Africans); The Matter of Slavery in Scotland (how Scottish involvement with the slave economy affected material culture at home).  However, applicants are not confined to these topics. All high quality proposals relating to migration or diaspora studies in any period from medieval to recent times will be considered.

Successful applicants will become members of the Migration and Diaspora Hub within the Edinburgh Centre for Global History which has a lively and supportive postgraduate community. They will be expected to participate in the Centre’s activities including the graduate workshop.

Informal enquiries about the awards can be made to Dr Nuala Zahedieh


Applications for this scholarship are no longer being accepted for 2019-2020 as the 15th February deadline has now passed.


Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application as soon as possible after the deadline.

Graduate School of History and Classics web pages