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Scholarships and funding

The University and Edinburgh Law School offer a range of scholarships for our research degrees. There are also a selection of external funding opportunities that you may be eligible to apply to.

Scholarships for 2019/20 entry

Scholarship Eligible degree Deadline
Arts and Humanities Research Council Studentships PhD Closed
Economic and Social Research Council PhD Closed
University of Edinburgh and Glasgow joint PhD studentships PhD Closed
Carnegie PhD Scholarships PhD Closed
College Research Awards PhD Closed
Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship PhD Closed
Edinburgh Legal Education Trust Scholarship for PhD in Scots Private Law PhD Closed
Edinburgh Legal Education Trust Scholarship for LLM by Research in Scots Private Law LLM by Research Closed

Detailed information about the scholarships listed in the above table can be found below.

Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2019/20 entry. 

The University of Edinburgh is now part of a consortium of 10 Universities which have been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) offer fully-funded studentships covering fees and stipend for September 2019 entry. 

As a member of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, the successful applicants will also have access to a range of exciting training and developing opportunities.

How to apply

  1. Check that you are eligible to apply
    Find out more about the studentships and eligibility criteria 
  2. You must complete the University of Edinburgh online application for the PhD programme by Monday 30th November 2018. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive email confirmation from the system. This will include a User Name (UUN). After completing your application to study a PhD please e-mail law.pgrdirector@ed.ac.uk with your full name and application number (e.g. s18xxxxxx) stating your wish to be included in the competition.
    Apply to study a PhD
  3. You must then complete the AHRC studentship application form (see below) and return it, by email, to the Postgraduate Office (phd.law@ed.ac.uk) by Monday 3rd of December 2018.  Please follow the instructions and use the guidelines provided.

Please note that you must complete steps 2 and 3 for your application to be considered.

Applications to the AHRC are submitted through their online portal. Prior to this, Universities hold an internal round of evaluations to decide which applications can proceed to the AHRC stage, as each university is given a limited number of application opportunities.

Further details of the AHRC award can be found on their website:

Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training

Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2019/20 entry. 

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) offers studentships for PhD study in the 2019/20 academic year.

A generous package is available for an applicant who wishes either to undertake a PhD in Criminology or Socio-legal studies. Suitably-qualified candidates (who already hold or are currently studying for a relevant Masters degree) may apply for a three year studentship; others apply on a '1+3' basis, starting with the one year MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice.

ESRC studentship details

Value: Fees at Home/EU rate and a generous stipend.

Applicants must be students from the UK or EU* countries, and satisfy the eligibility criteria of the ESRC.

Find out more about the eligibility criteria

*EU applicants from outwith the UK and who have not been resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of the studentship are only eligible for a fees-only award. 

These fully-funded studentships can be used to cover fees and a living allowance for:

  • three years of PhD study, if the student already meets ESRC research skills criteria (normally equivalent to 1/3 of an MSc dedicated to research training); or
  • a one year MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice, including research training, plus three years of PhD study. 

For alternative MSc options in research training, consult the pathway representative, Professor Richard Sparks, at r.sparks@ed.ac.uk

Further queries on eligibility should be directed to the local Socio-Legal and Criminology pathway representative, Professor Richard Sparks, at
r.sparks@ed.ac.uk

Application process 

This is a two part application process and both stages must be completed in order to be considered for ESRC funding.

  • Applicants must apply for admission with us by 3rd December 2018.
  • Applicants must also make a funding application to GradHub before noon 11th January 2019. Visit the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science website
  • SGSSS will launch this open studentship application form in November. Students will be asked to register on GradHub, make an application with them, upload existing transcripts, a CV and one reference which is not to be from their proposed supervisor.
  • Any queries about registering or logging into GradHub can be directed to the SGSSS.
  • Please contact the pathway representative Professor Richard Sparks in the first instance. All candidates must have the support of a recognised supervisor before applying

To be considered, please apply to either the MSc programme or PhD programme and e-mail the pathway representative (as above) stating your wish to be included in the competition.

For full details and guidance notes please visit the SGSSS website

Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2019/20 entry. 

The College Research Student Awards scheme is designed to attract high quality students applying for PhD research.

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).

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 2019-20: 1 February 2019 

Eligibility

Candidates for the College Research Award must be seeking to start their first year of full-time or part-time PhD study in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences within the academic year 2019-2020 (September 2019 or January 2020 entry). 

When making our decisions we will:

  • Consider the applicant’s academic achievements, research proposal, research potential, 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 2019-20 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.

Find out more about the College Research Awards

Applying

The application deadline for entry in session 2019-20 is 1 February 2019.

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

Find our more about how to apply

Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2019/20 entry. 

The Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow are delighted to announce the launch of joint four-year PhD studentships, for entry in academic year 2019/20. There are 12 scholarships available covering a stipend, tuition fees at Home/EU rates and travel funds.

We are seeking outstanding PhD candidates for University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow Joint PhD Studentships for research projects in Criminology.

Application deadline for entry in session 2019-20: 5.00pm, Monday 21 January 2019.

Further information about the studentships and applications procedure is available on the University's website.

Find out more about the join PhD studentships

Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2019/20 entry. 

Edinburgh Law School offers one complete PhD studentship covering UK/EU fees and a stipend for living costs of £14,000 per year.

Through a generous bequest from alumnus Ewan Cameron, the School is able to offer one further studentship on the same basis and in his name.

Eligibility

The scholarship is open to anyone who has already submitted an application for PhD study (September 2019 or January 2020).

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.

Successful applicants will be expected to firmly accept the offer at the time when the results of the application process are announced. Candidates who already have an offer of financial sponsorship from elsewhere will not be eligible.

Applications are welcome across the full range of legal and law-related subjects. However, we would particularly welcome strong applications in the fields of Constitutional Law; Criminal Law; Criminology (including Criminal Justice Politics and Policy; Police and Policing; Security and Surveillance); EU Law; Financial Regulation; Law, Gender and Sexuality Studies; International Private Law; Intellectual Property Law; Medical Ethics and the Law; Legal History; Legal Theory; Private Law, Public International Law; and Law and Technology.

Application Process

Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2019/20 entry.

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

Find out more about how to apply

Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2019/20 entry. 

The University of Edinburgh will offer 30 Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships for session 2019-20. 

Award

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.

Eligibility

The awards are open to overseas nationals commencing a PhD in any field of study in 2019-2020.

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 2019 and your PhD the following year in 2020, that you will not be eligible to apply for an award in 2019.

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

Applying

Eligible applicants should complete an online scholarship application

The scholarship application deadline is 1st February 2019.

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

Applications to this scholarship are now closed for 2019/20. 

The scholarship is available for postgraduate research in Scots private law at the University of Edinburgh leading to the degree of PhD.The scholarship is offered by the Edinburgh Legal Education Trust, which was formed in 1996 for the advancement of legal education. The Trustees wish to award a scholarship for study beginning in September 2019.

Choice of topic

Applicants are free, indeed expected, to choose their own topic. The emphasis, however, should be on legal doctrine rather than on, for example, legal theory or socio-legal issues. Historical or comparative perspectives are welcome. A list of possible topics is given in the Appendix but there are many others. Professor Kenneth Reid, the Scholarship Administrator, would be happy to give informal advice. Examples of the type of work that the Trustees are willing to fund may be found in five PhD theses now published as books: Ross Gilbert Anderson, Assignation; Andrew J M Steven, Pledge and Lien; Craig Anderson, Possession of Corporeal Moveables; Jill Robbie, Private Water Rights; and Daniel J Carr, Ideas of Equity.

Eligibility

The scholarship is open to anyone who, by the start of the PhD programme, holds an honours or a masters degree in law (or equivalent), and who is accepted by the University of Edinburgh for postgraduate study. Preference may be given to those holding a masters degree.  An application to the Trust may be made in advance of being accepted by the University of Edinburgh.

Duration

The scholarship is awarded for one year in the first instance, but will be renewed annually for a further two years, subject to satisfactory progress.

Value 

The scholarship has the same value as a Studentship awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). This means that the scholarship comprises (i) fees at home students’ rate and (ii) a maintenance award (currently £14,553). In addition, a limited amount of assistance may be given by the Trust in respect of research expenses, but this will not normally exceed £400 in a year. Fees will be paid by the Trust directly to the University of Edinburgh.  The maintenance allowance will be paid in four equal instalments on

  • 15 September
  • 15 December
  • 15 March  
  • 15 June.

Part-time employment

Scholars are expected to devote their whole time to the study of their subject. Part-time teaching and other work relevant to the Scholar’s research maybe undertaken but must not exceed three hours per week.  For any other paid employment, the permission of the Trustees is required.

Scholars must inform the Scholarship Administrator of any other awards which they receive during the year.  The Trustees reserve the right to review the level of the scholarship in the light of the availability of other funding.

Application information and closing date

The application deadline is 6 May 2019. The Trustees reserve full discretion to offer, or not to offer, a scholarship.

Once you have applied for admission, complete the Edinburgh Law School Scholarship Application Form and send it to phd.law@ed.ac.uk

Download the Edinburgh Law School Postgraduate Scholarship Application Form

APPENDIX: Possible subjects for PhD study in private law

The following are merely suggestions. Obviously, there are many other subjects which could be fruitfully pursued. 

  • Delict: e.g. public authority liability; defamation; intentional delicts; privacy; causation 
  • Trusts: e.g. constitution and nature; administration; powers and liabilities of trustees; trusts arising by operation of law, especially constructive trusts; history 
  • Succession: e.g. legacies; special destinations; legal rights; executry 
  • Leases: eg, constitution, transfer and extinction; rights and duties of the parties; commercial leases 
  • Aspects of the law of rights in security 
  • Good faith 
  • Neighbour law: eg trespass; encroachment; nuisance; aemulatio vicini 
  • Public rights over water 
  • Negative prescription 
  • Law of persons and personality 
  • Unincorporated associations 
  • Liferents 
  • The influence of Roman law or English law on Scots private law 
  • One or more institutional writers 
  • Minerals (perhaps extending to look at separate tenements generally) 
  • Sale 
  • Unjustified enrichment 
  • Negotiorum gestio 
  • Contract: eg formation; defects of consent; implied terms; jus quaesitum tertio; breach  
  • Set-off 
  • Remedies 

Applications to this scholarship are now closed for 2019/20. 

The scholarship is available for postgraduate research in Scots private law at the University of Edinburgh for a period of one year leading to the degree of LLM by Research (ie by a thesis of up to 30,000 words). The scholarship is offered by the Edinburgh Legal Education Trust, which was formed in 1996 for the advancement of legal education. The Trustees wish to award a single scholarship for study beginning in September 2019.

Choice of topic

Applicants are free, indeed expected, to choose their own topic. The emphasis, however, should be on legal doctrine rather than on, for example, legal theory or socio-legal issues. Historical or comparative perspectives are welcome. A list of possible topics is given in the Appendix but there are many others. Professor Kenneth Reid, the Scholarship Administrator, would be happy to give informal advice. Examples of the type of work that the Trustees are willing to fund may be found in five PhD theses now published as books: Ross Gilbert Anderson, Assignation; Andrew J M Steven, Pledge and Lien; Craig Anderson, Possession of Corporeal Moveables; Jill Robbie, PrivateWater Rights; and Daniel J Carr, Ideas of Equity.

Eligibility

The scholarship is open to anyone who, by the start of the LLM by Research programme, holds an honours degree in law, or an ordinary degree in law plus an honours degree in a different discipline, and who is accepted by the University of Edinburgh for the degree of LLM by Research.

The scholarship is not available for the LLM in Legal Research. Further details about postgraduate study at Edinburgh may be obtained from the Postgraduate Office.

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An application to the Trust may be made in advance of being accepted by the University of Edinburgh.

Value

The scholarship has the same value as a Studentship awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).  This means that the scholarship comprises fees at home students’ rate and a maintenance award (currently £10,163).  In addition, a limited amount of assistance may be given by the Trust in respect of research expenses, but this will not normally exceed £400 in a year.

Fees will be paid by the Trust directly to the University of Edinburgh.  The maintenance allowance will be paid in four equal instalments on:

  • 15 September
  • 15 December
  • 15 March
  • 15 June

Part-time employment

Scholars are expected to devote their whole time to the study of their subject. Part-time teaching and other work relevant to the Scholar’s research maybe undertaken but must not exceed three hours per week.  For any other paid employment, the permission of the Trustees is required.

Scholars must inform the Scholarship Administrator of any other awards which they receive during the year.  The Trustees reserve the right to review the level of the scholarship in the light of the availability of other funding.

Applications and closing date

Once you have applied for admission, complete the Edinburgh Law School Scholarship Application Form and send it to phd.law@ed.ac.uk

Download the Edinburgh Law School Postgraduate Scholarship Application Form

The scholarship application deadline is 6 May 2019.

The Trustees reserve full discretion to offer, or not to offer, a scholarship.

Progression to the PhD

A student who successfully completes the LLM by Research may wish to consider further study for the degree of PhD. The Edinburgh Legal Trust also offers a scholarship for PhD study in Scots private law. In some cases it may be possible to treat the LLM by Research as the first year of study for a PhD.

APPENDIX: Possible subjects for LLM by Research in private law

The following are merely suggestions. Obviously, there are many other subjects which could be fruitfully pursued. 

  • Delict: e.g. public authority liability; defamation; intentional delicts; privacy; causation 
  • Trusts: e.g. constitution and nature; administration; powers and liabilities of trustees; trusts arising by operation of law, especially constructive trusts; history 
  • Succession: e.g. legacies; special destinations; legal rights; executry 
  • Leases: eg, constitution, transfer and extinction; rights and duties of the parties; commercial leases 
  • Aspects of the law of rights in security 
  • Good faith 
  • Neighbour law: eg trespass; encroachment; nuisance; aemulatio vicini 
  • Public rights over water 
  • Negative prescription 
  • Law of persons and personality 
  • Unincorporated associations 
  • Liferents 
  • The influence of Roman law or English law on Scots private law 
  • One or more institutional writers 
  • Minerals (perhaps extending to look at separate tenements generally) 
  • Sale 
  • Unjustified enrichment 
  • Negotiorum gestio
  • Contract: e.g. formation; defects of consent; implied terms; jus quaesitum tertio; breach
  • Set-off
  • Remedies

The University of Edinburgh offers many scholarships for postgraduate study. You should consult the University Scholarship pages for further information on these and other sources of funding that may be available.

Find out more about the range of scholarships offered by the University of Edinburgh

There are a range of additional sources of financial support that you may be eligible to apply to.

Find out more about additional sources of funding for UK and EU students

Contact us

If you have any questions about our scholarships please don't hesitate to contact us.

phd.law@ed.ac.uk