Scholarships and Funding for PhD

College Research Awards

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.

In Edinburgh Law School, we are offering one PhD studentship, supported by the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, that will pay UK/EU or overseas/international tuition fees and a monthly stipend (value to be confirmed, but for guidance, in 2017-2018 this was in the region of £1, 150 per month).

The stipend will be paid in equal monthly instalments for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory performance. Awards will be paid pro-rata for part-time candidates.

Application deadline for entry in session 2018/19: 1 February 2018 


To be considered for a School Award, you must meet our standard minimum entry requirements. The successful candidates normally exceed these significantly, having obtained the highest classification in at least one of their degrees, and provide a very strong research proposal with a high degree of fit with supervisors and the School.

When making our decisions we will:

  • Consider the applicant’s academic achievements, research proposal, research potential, any publications made, and the degree of support provided by references.
  • Not take into account factors such as financial status and nationality.

When applying for these awards candidates must:

  • Be seeking to start their first year of full-time or part-time PhD study in the 2018-19 academic year.
  • Be of outstanding academic merit and research potential.
  • Include in their personal statements reference to achievements made and their own assessment of their future potential.
  • Be strongly supported by the references given in support of their PhD application.
  • Send us their completed award applications no later than the deadline date. Any part-completed applications received will be discounted and become ineligible at that time. We cannot accept any additional supporting information after the deadline date.
  • Note that if College Award candidates are applying to study topics eligible for UK Research Council Awards then they must also apply to the relevant Research Council.


The application deadline for entry in session 2018-19 is 1 February 2018

Applications are made through our EUCLID system, subsequent to submitting an application to the PhD programme.

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Student profile - Dawoon

Dawoon - PhD candidatePrior to commencing the PhD at Edinburgh Law School, Dawoon obtained a Masters degree in International Law from Korea University in the Republic of Korea, where she also completed a Bachelors in Law. She had been working as a research assistant to Professor Ki-Gab Park, a current member of the UN International Law Commission and served as an intern at International Law Commission in Geneva, Switzerland (the Sixty-Six session in 2014).

Her current research focuses on the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention and Offshore Renewable Energy Activities. Her research will contribute to the development of the detailed regulations concerning offshore renewable energy activities within the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention framework.

"The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science Research Studentship has given me the special opportunity to fully focus on my research without financial worries. It also helps me to build confidence as an international student."

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