Scholarships and Funding for PhD

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship

Please note applications to this award are now closed for entry in the 2018/19 academic year. We are currently in the process of confirming scholarships for the 2019/20 academic year. The details below were for entry in the 2018/19 academic year and are for illustrative purposes only.

The University of Edinburgh will offer 30 Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships for session 2018-19. These awards are designed to attract high quality overseas research students to the University of Edinburgh.

Application deadline: 1 February 2018 


Each scholarship will cover the difference between the tuition fee for a UK/EU postgraduate student and that chargeable to an overseas postgraduate student. The awards do not cover maintenance expenses.

Subject to satisfactory progress, the awards are tenable for up to three years.


The awards are open to overseas students commencing a PhD in any field of study in 2018-2019.

Applicants must be liable to pay tuition fees at the rate applicable to overseas students and must have been offered admission to a full-time PhD research programme of study.

Academic merit

Applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and research potential.

Although candidates with an upper second class honours Bachelor's degree (or the overseas equivalent) can be considered, in order to be competitive you should really have a first class Bachelor's degree supplemented by an excellent Master's degree.

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

Excluding factors

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

Students already on a PhD programme cannot be considered for these awards.

Please also note that if you have applied for consecutive registration where you will start your Masters programme of study in 2018 and your PhD the following year in 2019, that you will not be eligible to apply for an award in 2018.

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships cannot be held concurrently with fully-funded scholarships such as a Commonwealth Scholarship, or a Marshall Scholarship.


Eligible applicants should complete an online scholarship application

The scholarship application deadline is 1st February 2018.

Please note you will not be able to access the online application form unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh.

Find out more about the scholarship and how to apply