The University will offer a PhD scholarship for students starting their PhD research at the University in the 2024-2025 academic session.

Value: Covers the tuition fee plus stipend equal to UKRI minimum rate for the relevant academic year (approximately £18,622 per year)
Eligibility: OPENING SOON. Open to UK and overseas students applying to start their first year of study for an on campus research degree in 2024-2025.


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.


Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) has one scholarship for academic session 2024-2025. The scholarship covers the University tuition fee as well as a stipend equal to the UKRI minimum rate for the relevant academic year of study, approximately £18,622 per year. Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarship is offered for 3 and a half years (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 2024-2025.

Applicants must have already applied for admission to a full-time or part-time on campus PhD research programme of study at the University.  PhD by Distance applicants are not eligible.

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.


Successful applicants will 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

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships - Terms and Conditions PDF


If you are wishing to commence a new programme of study in September 2024 you must ensure that you have fully completed and submitted your PhD programme application for admission using the University's online system by no later than 18th January 2024.

Applicants must have submitted their fully completed PhD programme application in order to be considered for the scholarship.

Applications for the Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship should be submitted via the University's online scholarship application system by no later than 1st February 2024.  Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.


The deadline for applying for the scholarship is 23.59 GMT 1st February 2024. 

You will not be able to access the online scholarship application form unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh and have your University username and password. Please note that, following the submission of an application for admission, it can take up to 5-10 working days for all system checks to be completed and for access to be granted.

When logging into MyEd, you will need your University username and password.  If you require assistance please go to - Support and Guidance

The online scholarship application form is located in EUCLID and can be accessed via MyEd our web based information portal at

Please note: the Personal Statement for your scholarship application should clearly state why you are applying for this scholarship, why you feel your research proposal best fits with subject area expertise and what benefit the scholarship will have for your research.  We are looking for evidence on how the PhD programme fits with your career aspirations, how you plan to take best advantage of the opportunities on offer and we are also looking for your thoughts on how you might contribute to the research community within ECA.  Please also consider the ECA selection procedure criteria below.

Frequently Asked Questions - Scholarships System FAQs for Applicants (511.17 KB PDF)

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.

ECA will consider the following marking criteria when assessing your application: Qualifications or relevant professional experience; Quality of research proposal, knowledge exchange, public engagement and impact (including academic impact); Preparedness for research; Supervisory expertise and research environment; Training needs, plans and provision.

Read the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) assessment criteria for AHRC PhD studentships (PDF)

Shortlisted candidates may be invited to attend an interview which will take place either in person, on-line or by telephone.  All scholarship applicants will be contacted with the outcome by late April 2024.

Contact us

Please contact the ECA Postgraduate Research Team if you have any questions about the application process. 

If you have an academic enquiry please contact the School Postgraduate Research (PGR) Director for the programme you wish to apply for: