Usher Institute

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship

Application process for the Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship. Key dates and guidance.

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship (EDCS) 2022/23 



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.

The Usher Institute will offer one studentship to a student starting their PhD research in the 2022-23 academic session. 

The scholarship covers the University tuition fee as well as a full stipend in line with UKRI rate (for indication, this was £15,609 p.a. in 2021/2022). Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarship is offered for four years (or pro-rata for part time).

The scheme is open to UK and overseas students applying to start their first year of study for an on-campus PhD degree in 2022-2023. Candidates applying for a start date before September 2022 and continuing students are not eligible to apply.




STEP 1: Programme application

To apply for the EDCS scholarship please note that you must first apply for admission to the PhD programme that interests you by completing the following steps:

  •  Check that you meet the programme entry requirements shown on each programme page (linked below). In particular, for this scholarship, we require a 1st or 2:1 (or equivalent) in your primary degree, plus a relevant masters’ degree with average marks of at least 60%, which must be completed by the end of August 2022
  • Contact research supervisors, including a research project proposal, CV and mentioning your intention to apply for EDCS.  A list of research supervisors and their area of expertise is available here:
  •  In order to proceed to submitting  a programme application online, the following must be confirmed to you beforehand:
    • Support from your proposed supervisor
    • The proposed  supervisor should have confirmed the full supervisory team for the PhD to you (details should be sent to
    • The proposed supervisory team should have been approved by the Usher Institute Postgraduate Research Degree Committee
  • Once the above conditions are met, submit an online application to the appropriate programme (as agreed with supervisors):

Population Health Sciences

Medical Informatics 

Global Health

NB: in your programme application, please ensure that you give details of the full supervisory team, confirm that you wish to study in Edinburgh rather than remotely for the majority of the PhD and indicate EDCS as the proposed funding.


STEP 2: Scholarship (EDCS) application

After you have formally applied to a PhD programme, the next step is to apply for the EDCS scholarship. Links to do this will become available a week to two weeks after your application to the PhD programme is submitted.

The deadline for EDCS applications is Thursday 28 February 2022.  Therefore, you are advised to complete your  application to the PhD programme well in advance of this date.

Please note that EDCS applications that are not supported by an approved supervisory team will not be considered.

The scholarship application form will be accessible via your EUCLID Applicant Hub. You will find guidance at


Please contact the Usher Postgraduate research administrator at if you have any questions.


Further information

Full details about the EDCS scholarship can be found here:

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed during March 2022. 

Please note that there is an expectation that the successful candidate will contribute to postgraduate research activities in the Usher Institute, including regular internal and external presentations of their work and active participation in the Usher PhD Society.