Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships: 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 will offer PhD scholarships for students starting their PhD research at the University in the 2022-2023 academic session.


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 of the Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships covers the University tuition fee as well as a stipend of £15,609 per annum, 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)

Eligibility – Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships

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 program 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 program 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 honors 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.

Training – Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships

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.


I have applied for Admission to the University – When can I apply for a scholarship in the MyEd portal?

When you receive your UUN and EASE password, you can apply for scholarships. Do not wait to receive an offer before applying for a scholarship but the eligibility criteria for the relevant scholarship may ask that you have received an offer of admission by the closing date of the scholarship.

I am a current student – When can I apply for a scholarship in the MyEd portal?

Current students who wish to apply for scholarships in relation to a new program of study, must first submit their application for the new program of study.

I cannot access the Scholarships Portal?

It can take up to five working days for all system checks to be completed to allow access to the Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships application portal. If you have applied for admission to your program very recently, your access may not yet be live.

How do I apply for a scholarship in the MyEd portal?

For full information on how to apply for a scholarship through the MyEd portal please refer to the guidelines based on your level of study:

Postgraduate Scholarships           Undergraduate Scholarships

I believe I am eligible for a scholarship but I am unable to apply within MyEd?

There are many reasons why the system may indicate that you are ineligible to apply. Here are a few of the most common:

  • The Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships is only available to applicants and you have already started your degree program.
  • Incorrect start date – generally the academic year for scholarships runs from August to July. If you have applied to begin your program of study earlier than August, then you would not be eligible to apply. For example an applicant due to commence their studies in April 2020 is not eligible for a 2020-2021 scholarship, and would have to change their start date to a date within the period 1st August 2020 to 31st July 2021.
  • Ineligible program of study: please check the eligibility criteria carefully as some
    programs are excluded from particular scholarships.
  • Your chosen School or College is not participating in the scheme.

Can I change the start date for my program to become eligible to apply for a scholarship?

If you have not already commenced your studies you can put through a change request via the applicant hub. More information is available from here.

I have experienced a system problem that has been resolved but I am still unable to access the applicant hub. What should I do?

  • Log out of the MyEd portal.
  • Clear your browser cache, and log back into the portal.
  • Try using an alternative web browser.

If you continue to encounter problems and have established that you definitely meet the eligibility criteria for your chosen scholarship, you may contact online support, providing screenshots of the issue. Can I amend the personal statement that I have submitted?

No – You are unable to amend or edit a personal statement once submitted. If the deadline date for the scholarship has not passed you may send a revised personal statement that we will upload for you.

Both the original and revised personal statement will be made available to the selection panel, together with all documents submitted as part of the application for admission.

The deadline has passed for a particular scholarship, can I still submit an application?

No – We are unable to accept late applications once a deadline has closed. This ensures clarity and fairness for all applicants. We therefore advise that you apply for admission to the University and prepare your scholarship application well in advance of the advertised deadline.

Deadlines – Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships

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

Selection Procedure

The University will use the information you provide on your Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships 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.

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