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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.

Details of the scholarship and funding opportunities for 2021-22 are listed below.

If you are intending to apply for a scholarship offered by the Law School or University we advise applying to your programme (PhD or LLM by Research) at least two weeks before the scholarship closing date.

Deadline: 10th May 2021

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD position on a project entitled “Reversing the Gaze”. The successful applicant will work with Dr Deval Desai in the Edinburgh Law School.

Reversing the Gaze is a Swiss National Science Foundation-funded four-year project between Edinburgh Law School, the University of Zurich, and the University of Basel. It explores whether and how concepts developed in and of the Global South can fruitfully be used to analyse political phenomena in Europe.

The PhD will be carried out under the supervision of the PI, Dr Deval Desai, and a small research team. In the course of their doctorate, the candidate will develop expertise in the legal and bureaucratic structures of social welfare in both India and the EU.

Funding

This scholarship will pay tuition fees and provide an annual stipend in line with UKRI rates (approximately £15,500 per annum). The stipend will be paid in equal monthly instalments for 3.5 years, subject to satisfactory progress. Additional research costs of £1,000 per year will also be available.

Candidate profile

The successful applicant will have:

  • A minimum of a UK honours degree and a UK Masters degree with at least 60% in the taught section and 65% or more in the dissertation (or their international equivalents) in law.
  • A strong background, or clear demonstrable interest, in administrative, tax, or welfare law in India; a strong interest in EU law; and a desire to pursue interdisciplinary and comparative research.
  • Experience in qualitative field methods.
  • Proficiency in English (both oral and written). For candidate’s whose first language is not English, we require an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each component (or other acceptable English language qualification at the equivalent standard).
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills.

Application Information

Applicants should apply via the University’s admissions portal (EUCLID) and select the PhD Law programme.

Apply here

Applications should be submitted by 10th May 2021. Applications will be reviewed throughout May and interviews will take place in June 2021. The successful applicant will be expected to start the PhD in September 2021.

Applicants must submit:

  • All degree transcripts and certificates (and certified translations if applicable).
  • Evidence of English Language capability (where applicable).
  • A short research proposal (max 2 pages) outlining your approach to the proposed research project.
  • A full CV and cover letter describing your background, suitability for the PhD, and research interests (max 2 pages).
  • Two recent references (note that it the applicant’s responsibility to ensure reference letters are received before the deadline).

Only complete applications (i.e. those that are not missing the above documentation) will progress forward to the academic selectors for further consideration.

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 2021.

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 (Kenneth.reid@ed.ac.uk) or Professor Andrew Steven (Andrew.Steven@ed.ac.uk), the Scholarship Administrators, would be happy to give informal advice. Examples of the type of work that the Trustees are willing to fund may be found in nine PhD theses now published by the Trust as books:

  • Ross Gilbert Anderson, Assignation (2008) 
  • Andrew J M Steven, Pledge and Lien (2008)
  • Craig Anderson, Possession of Corporeal Moveables (2015)
  • Jill Robbie, Private Water Rights (2015)
  • Daniel J Carr, Ideas of Equity (2016)
  • Chathuni Jayathilaka, Sale and the Implied Warranty of Soundness (2019)
  • Alasdair Peterson, Prescriptive Servitudes (2020)
  • Alisdair D J MacPherson, The Floating Charge (2020)
  • John MacLeod, Fraud and Voidable Transfer (2020)

The first six of these are available to download free of charge at the Edinburgh Law Seminars website.

Visit Edinburgh Law Seminars website

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 will be given to those holding a masters degree. A possible route into the PhD is to enrol in the first instance for the one-year degree of LLM by Research (for which the Edinburgh Legal Education Trust also provides a scholarship) and then, if things go well, to switch to the PhD in the course of the year; after switching the student is deemed always to have been registered for the PhD.

Find out more about postgraduate study at Edinburgh Law School

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 will cover tuition fees (at the home level) and provide a stipend with the same value as a studentship awarded by UKRI, approximately £15,590 per year. 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 and 15 June.

Scholars past and present

Three Scholars are currently funded for PhD study by the Edinburgh Legal Education Trust: Shona Warwick (The nature of a lease); Patrick Follan (The beneficiary’s right in a Scottish trust); and Colin Lilburn (The duties of trustees in Scots law). There have been twelve previous such Scholars all of whom have completed their PhDs: Ross Gilbert Anderson (Assignation); Dot Reid (Fraud in Scots private law); Peter Webster (Leasehold conditions); Adelyn Wilson (Viscount Stair’s sources and citations in a humanist and natural law context); Johnnie MacLeod (Voidable title: Scots law in a European context); Jill Robbie (Water law in Scotland); Bonnie Holligan (Protection of ownership in Scots law); Stephen Bogle (The emergence of the will theory in Scots contract law); Alasdair Peterson (Prescriptive acquisition of servitudes); Alisdair MacPherson (The attachment and ranking of the floating charge in Scots law); Lorna MacFarlane (An analysis of the jus quaesitum tertio doctrine); and Andrew Sweeney (Landlord’s Hypothec). Dr Anderson is a practising advocate, Dr Webster is a practising barrister, Dr MacFarlane works for a leading Scottish law firm and Dr Sweeney is completing the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice; all of the others hold lecturing positions at UK universities.

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 may be 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

Once you have applied for admission to the Programme, complete the Edinburgh Law School Scholarship Application Form and send it to phd.law@ed.ac.uk by the closing date of 03 May 2021.

Download the Edinburgh Law School Postgraduate Scholarship Application Form

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

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; trusts arising by operation of law, especially constructive trusts; history.
  • Succession: e.g. legacies; special destinations; legal rights; executors and administration of the estate.
  • Leases: e.g. constitution, transfer and extinction; rights and duties of the parties; commercial leases.
  • Aspects of the law of rights in security.
  • Good faith.
  • Neighbour law: e.g. 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 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 2021.

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 (Kenneth.reid@ed.ac.uk) or Professor Andrew Steven (Andrew.Steven@ed.ac.uk), the Scholarship Administrators, would be happy to give informal advice. Examples of the type of work that the Trustees are willing to fund may be found in nine PhD theses now published by the Trust as books:

  • Ross Gilbert Anderson, Assignation (2008) 
  • Andrew J M Steven, Pledge and Lien (2008)
  • Craig Anderson, Possession of Corporeal Moveables (2015)
  • Jill Robbie, Private Water Rights (2015)
  • Daniel J Carr, Ideas of Equity (2016)
  • Chathuni Jayathilaka, Sale and the Implied Warranty of Soundness (2019)
  • Alasdair Peterson, Prescriptive Servitudes (2020)
  • Alisdair D J MacPherson, The Floating Charge (2020)
  • John MacLeod, Fraud and Voidable Transfer (2020)

The first six of these are available to download free of charge at the Edinburgh Law Seminars website.

Visit Edinburgh Law Seminars website

Eligibility

The scholarship is open to anyone who, by the start of the LLM 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.

Find out more about postgraduate study

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

Value

The scholarship will cover tuition fees (at the home level) and provide a stipend of £10,700. 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 and 15 June.

Scholars past and present

Three Scholars are currently funded for PhD study by the Edinburgh Legal Education Trust: Shona Warwick (The nature of a lease); Patrick Follan (The beneficiary’s right in a Scottish trust); and Colin Lilburn (The duties of trustees in Scots law). There have been twelve previous such Scholars all of whom have completed their PhDs: Ross Gilbert Anderson (Assignation); Dot Reid (Fraud in Scots private law); Peter Webster (Leasehold conditions); Adelyn Wilson (Viscount Stair’s sources and citations in a humanist and natural law context); Johnnie MacLeod (Voidable title: Scots law in a European context); Jill Robbie (Water law in Scotland); Bonnie Holligan (Protection of ownership in Scots law); Stephen Bogle (The emergence of the will theory in Scots contract law); Alasdair Peterson (Prescriptive acquisition of servitudes); Alisdair MacPherson (The attachment and ranking of the floating charge in Scots law); Lorna MacFarlane (An analysis of the jus quaesitum tertio doctrine); and Andrew Sweeney (Landlord’s Hypothec). Dr Anderson is a practising advocate, Dr Webster is a practising barrister, Dr MacFarlane works for a leading Scottish law firm and Dr Sweeney is completing the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice; all of the others hold lecturing positions at UK universities.

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 may be 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

Once you have applied for admission to the Programme, complete the Edinburgh Law School Scholarship Application Form and send it to phd.law@ed.ac.uk by the closing date of 03 May 2021.

Download the Edinburgh Law School Postgraduate Scholarship Application Form

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

Progression to the PhD

A student who successfully completes the LLM 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. It is often possible to treat the LLM as the first year of study for a PhD by switching to the PhD degree during the year spent on the LLM.

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; executors and administration of the estate.
  • Leases: e.g. 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 scholarship is available for postgraduate research in Family Law at the University of Edinburgh School of Law for a period of either (i) one year leading to the degree of LLM by Research, or (ii) three years leading to the degree of PhD. The scholarship is offered by the University of Edinburgh Development Trust in conjunction with SKO Family Law Specialists. A single scholarship is available for study beginning in September 2021.

Choice of topic

Applicants are free, indeed expected, to choose their own topic but it must be in a family law related subject. Emphasis may be on legal doctrine, legal theory or socio-legal issues. Comparative perspectives are welcome.

Award value and duration

The scholarship provides an annual stipend of £2,000. Please note that it does not cover tuition fees.

The scholarship is awarded for one year in the first instance, and in the case of a PhD scholarship, will be renewed annually for a further two years subject to satisfactory progress.  Where a student is admitted to the LLM by Research programme and successfully converts to the PhD programme (in accordance with the University requirements), the scholarship will be awarded for a further two years subject to satisfactory progress.

Eligibility

The scholarship is open to anyone who, by the start of the degree programme, holds an Honours or Masters Degree in Law (or equivalent) and has already been offered and accepted a place for LLM by Research or PhD by the University of Edinburgh School of Law.

Find out more about postgraduate study at Edinburgh Law School

Application information and closing date

Once you have applied for admission to the LLM by Research or PhD Programme, please complete the Edinburgh Law School Scholarship Application Form and send it to phd.law@ed.ac.uk by the closing date of 03 May 2021.

Download the Edinburgh Law School Postgraduate Scholarship Application Form

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

Applications to this studentships are now closed.

The University of Edinburgh is offering studentships for PhD applicants in the field of European Studies for September 2021 entry.

Find out more about this studentship

Applications to these studentships are now closed.

Edinburgh Law School offers three full PhD studentships, one of which is provided through a generous bequest from alumnus Ewen Cameron in his name.

These scholarships will pay tuition fees and an annual stipend in line with UKRI rates of £15,590 per annum. The stipend will be paid in equal monthly instalments for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory progress. Awards will be paid pro-rata for part-time candidates.

Eligibility

Candidates for these scholarships must be seeking to start their first year of full-time or part-time PhD study in the Edinburgh Law School within the academic year 2021/22 (September 2021 or January 2022 entry). UK, EU and International students are eligible to apply. Please note that international students are not eligible for part-time study.

To be considered for these scholarships, you must meet our standard minimum entry requirements. The successful candidates normally exceed these requirements, having obtained the highest classification in at least one of their degrees, and provide a strong research proposal which has a close fit with research within the School.

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

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.

Please note that one of these scholarships will be ring-fenced under our Athena Swan action plan to support a project that deals with questions of equality, diversity or social justice. This can include projects on families and relationships, gender and sexuality, employment, crime and justice, environment, peace, war and conflict, and human rights.

Application Process

The deadline for applications is 4 February 2021. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of April 2021.

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

Find out more about how to apply

Applications to these studentships are now closed.

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

The Edinburgh Law School is offering two PhD studentships, supported by the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, that will pay tuition fees and an annual stipend in line with UKRI rates of £15,590 per annum. 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.

If the studentship holder is successful in obtaining another award (such as ESRC or AHRC) of greater or equivalent value, they must accept the other award to allow the CRA award to be given to another student. The CRA award also cannot be held alongside another award of greater or equivalent value issued from the School, College or University.

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 2021/22 (September 2021 or January 2022 entry). UK, EU and International students are eligible to apply. Please note that international students are not eligible for part-time study.

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 2021/22 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.

Application process

The deadline for applications is 4 Feb 2021. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of April 2021.

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

Find out how to apply

Applications to this studentship are now closed.

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) offers studentships for PhD study in the 2021/22 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.

The studentship covers tuition fees at Home/EU rate and a generous stipend at UKRI rates (approximately £15,500 per annum).

Find out about the eligibility requirements

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, Dr Andy Aydin-Aitchison, at Andy.Aydin-Aitchison@ed.ac.uk

Further queries on eligibility should be directed to the local Socio-Legal and Criminology pathway representative, Dr Andy Aydin-Aitchison, at Andy.Aydin-Aitchison@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.

  1. Applicants must apply for admission with us by 11th December 2020.
    Find out more about applying for a PhD
    Find out more about applying to the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice (ESRC track)
  2. Applicants must also make a funding application to GradHub before noon 7th January 2021. Students will be asked to register on GradHub, make an application with them, upload existing transcripts, a CV and references.
    Visit the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science website

Any queries about registering or logging into GradHub can be directed to the SGSSS.
Contact SGSS

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 (Andy.Aydin-Aitchison@ed.ac.uk) stating your wish to be included in the competition.

For full details and guidance notes please visit the SGSSS website

Applications to these studentships are now closed.

The University of Edinburgh will offer PhD scholarships for students starting their PhD research at the University in the 2021/22 academic session. One of these scholarships will be offered through the Edinburgh Law School.

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 this exciting scholarship scheme.

Access

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.

Award

Each 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 £15,590 per year. Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarship is offered for 3 and a half years (or pro-rata for part time).

Eligibility

Candidates for this scholarship must be seeking to start their first year of full-time or part-time PhD study, on campus in the Edinburgh Law School, within the academic year 2021/22 (September 2021 or January 2022 entry). UK and international students are eligible to apply.

Applicants must have already applied for admission to a full-time or part-time on campus PhD research programme of study at the University. Please note that international students are not eligible for part-time study.

These awards cannot be held concurrently with other fully-funded scholarships but can be held with partially-funded scholarships and will be reduced pro-rata.

Criteria

Applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and research potential. To be considered for this scholarship, you must meet our standard minimum entry requirements.

Other factors such as financial status and nationality are not taken into account.

Application Process

The deadline for applications is 4 February 2021. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of April 2021.

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

Find out more about how to apply

 

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