Scholarships and Student Funding

The Scheme

Details of the Scheme including programmes covered and conditions of the award.

The University is committed to the development of its staff to enable them to become more effective in their work and to help develop their careers within the University.

Fee Remission Scheme

The new Staff Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme, which replaces the Remission of Fees Scheme, assists University staff to undertake part-time postgraduate study within the University.

Continuing students whose study is being supported by the Fee Remission Scheme will automatically receive a scholarship so long as they remain employed by the University.


Scholarships are available to support employees who wish to study part-time postgraduate programmes including:

  • Postgraduate Certificates (involving coursework and thesis)
  • Postgraduate Diplomas (involving coursework and thesis)
  • Postgraduate Degrees
  • Degrees by Research

The Scholarship Scheme does not cover the following programmes:

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsychol)
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (DVM&S)
  • Higher Degrees
  • PGCE
  • PhD by Research Publications

Study at another institution

In exceptional circumstances, scholarships may be awarded for a programme of study within another higher educational institution.

Applicants wishing to undertake a programme of study at another higher education institution will need to provide confirmation from their Head of School/Support Department that comparable study is not available at the University of Edinburgh.


The value of each scholarship will vary depending on the priorities of the College or Support Group. Awards will not cover other costs such as:

  • bench fees
  • programme costs
  • research costs
  • examination fees
  • matriculation fees
  • continuation fees


The Staff Scholarships Scheme is both competitive and concessionary.

Applicants who have already commenced their programme of study at the time of submitting their scholarship application are personally liable to the University for the payment of tuition fees should their scholarship application be unsuccessful.

You should apply for a Staff Scholarship as soon as you have been accepted on to a programme. A scholarship cannot be backdated prior to the start of the current academic session.


Scholarships will be tenable for the duration of the staff members' period of employment by the University.

You do not have to apply each year - the award of the scholarship will last for the duration of your part-time programme of study so long as you remain employed by the University of Edinburgh.

Change of employer

In the event that a member of staff leaves before the completion of a programme of study supported under this scheme, the staff member will be required to pay back the value of the scholarship for the period he/she is no longer employed by the University.