Scholarships and Student Funding

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships

The University will offer PhD scholarships for students starting their PhD research at the University in the 2022-2023 academic session.


In order to attract the best and brightest PhD students, the University seeks to offer not only unparalleled research facilities and superb supervision, but also to provide development opportunities which will support our research students as they progress beyond their PhD, through an exciting scholarship scheme.


The University of Edinburgh has been working for some time to embed equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in its activities and to widen participation (WP) for students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds. The Doctoral College is committed to embedding EDI in all of its policies and processes, and by widening access to postgraduate study to traditionally underrepresented groups, including BAME students and those from the most deprived communities in Scotland and the rest of the world. The Doctoral College wishes to attract the greatest diversity of applications to this scheme and will ensure that recruitment processes are robust and unbiased.


Each scholarship covers the University tuition fee as well as a stipend of £16,062p.a. Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarships are awarded for between three and four years as agreed by the School/Deanery (or pro-rata for part time)


The awards are open to UK and overseas students applying to start their first year of study for an on-campus research degree in 2022-2023.

Applicants must have already applied for admission to a full-time or part-time on campus PhD research programme of study at the University. We encourage applicants who wish to apply for this scholarship to make contact with their academic school regarding any admission deadlines.

Please check the Entry Requirements for your proposed programme of study for details of other acceptable English language qualifications. 

You may apply for the scholarship prior to obtaining the necessary English language test results but the results should be uploaded as soon as possible.

These awards cannot be held concurrently with fully-funded scholarships but can be held with partially-funded scholarships and will be reduced pro-rata.


Applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and research potential. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a UK first class or 2:1 honours degree at undergraduate level or the international equivalent.

Other factors such as financial status, nationality and the proposed field of study are not taken into account.

The University will not generally consider candidates who have already obtained a PhD, or formal equivalent, as a result of direct research training.


Undertake a package of training and development which will help them to develop the necessary skills required to meet their career choices and offer them a breadth of development opportunities in areas such as teaching, public engagement, entrepreneurship, data science, and research.

Terms and Conditions


Applications for the 2022-2023 academic session are no longer being accepted for this scholarship as all deadline dates have now passed.

Frequently Asked Questions


Applications deadlines will vary by School/Deanery and will be linked to the application deadline for programmes.

Participating Schools - please select the school, to which you wish to apply to.  By clicking on the name of the school it will take you to their web page.  We are still awaiting links from a number of schools, this will be updated in due course.
School Number of Scholarships Available 3 1/2  Year Tenure 4 Year Tenure Closing Date
Biological Sciences 1 No Yes 16th December 2021
Biomedical Sciences  1 No Yes 3rd March 2022
Business School  1 Yes No 3rd February 2022
Chemistry   2 No Yes 25th November 2021
Clinical Sciences 1 Yes No 10th February 2022
Divinity  1 Yes No 3rd February 2022
Economics  1 No Yes 3rd February 2022
Edinburgh College of Art   1 Yes No 3rd February 2022
Engineering 1 No Yes 3rd March 2022
Geosciences  3 Yes No 10th February 2022
Health in Social Sciences 1 Yes No 3rd February 2022
History, Classics and Archeaeology  1 Yes No 3rd February 2022
Informatics  1 No Yes 10th February 2022
Law 1 Yes No 3rd February 2022
Literatures, Languages and Cultures  1 Yes No 3rd February 2022
Mathematics 1 No Yes 31st January 2022
Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences  1 No Yes 28th February 2022
Moray House Education  1 Yes No 3rd February 2022
Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences  1 Yes No 3rd February 2022
Physics and Astronomy  3 No Yes 23rd January 2022
Royal (Dick) Veterinary Studies 1 No Yes 10th February 2022
Social and Political Science - 1 Yes No 3rd February 2022

Selection Procedure

The University will use the information you provide on your scholarship application form together with the information contained in the supporting documentation (reference and academic transcript) which you submitted as part of your application for admission to administer and assess your scholarship application and to select successful applicants.

Shortlisted candidates should expect to be invited to attend an interview which will take place either in person or by telephone.


All applicants will be notified of the outcome by the relevant school.   For further information, please contact the school directly.