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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.

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.

Scholarship and funding opportunities listed on this web page are for entry in the 2023-24 academic year.

Scholarship Deadline
The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) Studentship Competition Closed
Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS): Student-led Open Competition Closed
Carnegie PhD Scholarships 24 January 2023
Edinburgh Law School and Ewen Cameron Scholarships 02 February 2023
Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships 02 February 2023
College Research Awards - Law 02 February 2023
Edinburgh Legal Education Trust Scholarship for PhD 08 May 2023
Edinburgh Legal Education Trust Scholarship for LLM by Research 08 May 2023

The Carnegie Trust offers a number of scholarships each year to academically excellent candidates who are intending to study on a PhD programme at any University in Scotland.

The scholarship deadline is 23:59 GMT 24th January 2023.

Full details of the scholarship and how to apply can be found on the University's scholarship website.

Find out more about the Carnegie PhD Scholarships

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 (approximately £17,688 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 2023/24 (i.e. either September 2023 or January 2024 entry). UK 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.

View entry requirements

When making our decisions we will consider the applicant’s academic achievements, research proposal, fit with our research expertise, and the degree of support provided by references. We will not take into account factors such as financial status and nationality.

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.

Applications are welcome across the full range of legal and law-related subjects.

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

Eligible applicants should apply for admission to the PhD Law programme.

Find out how to apply

You should then complete an online scholarship application form which is located in EUCLID and can be accessed via the MyEd portal.

Access online scholarship application via MyEd

Please note that you will not be able to access the online scholarship form until you have applied for admission to the PhD Law programme.

The scholarship deadline is 02 February 2023.

Please note that the application to the PhD Law programme must be submitted at least ten working days prior to the scholarship application deadline.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of April 2023.

Contact Information

Please contact phd.law@ed.ac.uk if you have any questions about this scholarship.

The University of Edinburgh will offer PhD scholarships for students starting their PhD research at the University in the 2023-24 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 an annual stipend in line with UKRI rates (approximately £17,688 per annum). The stipend will be paid for a maximum of 3.5 years, subject to satisfactory progress. Awards will be paid pro-rata for part-time candidates.

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 2023/24 (i.e. September 2023 or January 2024 entry). UK and international students are eligible to apply. 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.

Applications are welcome across the full range of legal and law-related subjects.

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

Eligible applicants should apply for admission to the PhD Law programme.

Find out how to apply

You should then complete an online scholarship application form which is located in EUCLID and can be accessed via the MyEd portal.

Access online scholarship application via MyEd

Please note that you will not be able to access the online scholarship form until you have applied for admission to the PhD Law programme.

The scholarship deadline is 02 February 2023.

Please note that the application to the PhD Law programme must be submitted at least ten working days prior to the scholarship application deadline. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of April 2023.

Contact Information

Please contact phd.law@ed.ac.uk if you have any questions about this scholarship.

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

The Edinburgh Law School is offering one PhD studentship, supported by the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, that will pay tuition fees and an annual stipend in line with UKRI rates (approximately £17,688 per annum). The stipend will be paid for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory progress. Awards will be paid pro-rata for part-time candidates.

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 2023/24 (i.e. September 2023 or January 2024 entry). UK 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, fit with our research expertise, and the degree of support provided by references. We will 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 2023/24 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 their PhD application.
  • Note that if College Research Award candidates are applying to study topics eligible for UK Research Council Awards then you must also apply to the relevant Research Council.

Application Process

Eligible applicants should apply for admission to the PhD Law programme.

Find out how to apply

You should then complete an online scholarship application form which is located in EUCLID and can be accessed via the MyEd portal.

Access online scholarship application via MyEd

Please note that you will not be able to access the online scholarship form until you have applied for admission to the PhD Law programme.

The scholarship deadline is 02 February 2023.

Please note that the application to the PhD Law programme must be submitted at least ten working days prior to the scholarship application deadline.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of April 2023.

Contact Information

Please contact phd.law@ed.ac.uk if you have any questions about this scholarship.

This 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 2023.

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 below 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)
  • Andrew Sweeney, The Landlord’s Hypothec (2021)

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

Visit Edinburgh Law Seminars website

Details of current PhD students at Edinburgh, and their topics, can be found on our website.

View current research students' PhD topics

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 enroll 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.

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 £17,688 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.

Application Process

Candidates must first apply for admission to the Law PhD Programme.

Find out how to apply

Once you have applied for admission to the Programme, please complete the Edinburgh Legal Education Trust Scholarship Application Form and send it to phd.law@ed.ac.uk by the closing date of 8 May 2023.

Download the Edinburgh Law School Postgraduate Scholarship Application Form [Word doc]

Applicants will be notified of the decision in June 2023. The Trustees reserve full discretion to offer, or not to offer, a scholarship.

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.

Residence requirement

It is a condition of the scholarship that Scholars are in residence in Edinburgh, or sufficiently near Edinburgh to come in regularly to the Edinburgh Law School.

Scholars past and present

Two Scholars are currently funded for PhD study by the Edinburgh Legal Education Trust: Colin Lilburn (The duties of trustees in Scots law) and Susanna Macdonald-Mulvihill (The law of donation). There have been fourteen 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); Andrew Sweeney (The Landlord’s Hypothec); Shona Warwick (The nature of a lease); and Patrick Follan (The beneficiary’s right in a Scottish trust). Today Dr Anderson is a practising advocate, Dr Webster is a practising barrister, Dr MacFarlane works for a leading Scottish law firm, Drs Sweeney and Follan are trainee solicitors, and Dr Warwick is completing the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice; all of the others hold lecturing positions at UK universities.

APPENDIX: Possible subjects for LLM and PhD study in private law

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

  • Delict: eg public authority liability; defamation; intentional delicts; privacy; causation
  • Trusts: eg constitution and nature; administration; trusts arising by operation of law, especially constructive trusts; history
  • Succession: eg legacies; special destinations; legal rights; executors and administration of the estate.
  • 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 • Public rights of way
  • Negative prescription
  • Law of persons and personality
  • Family law
  • 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

This 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 (i.e. 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 scholarship for study beginning in September 2023.

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 below 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)
  • Andrew Sweeney, The Landlord’s Hypothec (2021)

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

Visit Edinburgh Law Seminars website

Details of current PhD students at Edinburgh, and their topics, can be found on our website.

View current research students' PhD topics

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. The scholarship is not available for the LLM in Legal Research or the LLM in History and Philosophy of Law.

Value

The scholarship will cover tuition fees (at the home level) and provide a stipend of £10,926. 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

Two Scholars are currently funded for PhD study by the Edinburgh Legal Education Trust: Colin Lilburn (The duties of trustees in Scots law) and Susanna Macdonald-Mulvihill (The law of donation). There have been fourteen 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); Andrew Sweeney (The Landlord’s Hypothec); Shona Warwick (The nature of a lease); and Patrick Follan (The beneficiary’s right in a Scottish trust). Today Dr Anderson is a practising advocate, Dr Webster is a practising barrister, Dr MacFarlane works for a leading Scottish law firm, Drs Sweeney and Follan are trainee solicitors, and Dr Warwick 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.

Residence requirement

It is a condition of the scholarship that Scholars are in residence in Edinburgh, or sufficiently near Edinburgh to come in regularly to the Edinburgh Law School.

Application Process

Candidates must first apply for admission to the Law LLM by Research Programme.

Find out how to apply

Once you have applied for admission to the Programme, please complete the Edinburgh Legal Education Trust Scholarship Application Form and send it to phd.law@ed.ac.uk by the closing date of 8 May 2023.

Download the Edinburgh Law School Postgraduate Scholarship Application Form [Word doc]

Applicants will be notified of the decision in June 2023. 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 and PhD study in private law

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

  • Delict: eg public authority liability; defamation; intentional delicts; privacy; causation
  • Trusts: eg constitution and nature; administration; trusts arising by operation of law, especially constructive trusts; history
  • Succession: eg legacies; special destinations; legal rights; executors and administration of the estate.
  • 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 • Public rights of way
  • Negative prescription
  • Law of persons and personality
  • Family law
  • 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

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

Applications to this studentship are closed.

The University of Edinburgh is a partner university of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS). The SGSSS awards a number of studentships across Scotland each year through the student-led 'Open' competition. These studentships can be offered as MSc plus PhD (1+3) or PhD (+3) awards depending on the experience of the applicant.

Socio-legal Studies and Criminology is one of the training pathways that form part of the SGSSS.

Eligibility

Candidates will normally hold a First Class Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject, e.g. BA or LLB.

For the PhD award, applicants should hold (or be currently studying for) a relevant Masters degree. Applicants who are not eligible for the PhD award can apply on a '1+3' basis which starts with a one-year MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice and is then followed by a three-year PhD.

Awards are available to applicants with UK fee status and a limited number of awards are available for international applicants.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact our Socio-legal Studies and Criminology Pathway Representative, Dr Anna Souhami (anna.souhami@ed.ac.uk), to check eligibility for the competition before applying.

Value

The studentship covers the cost of UK or international tuition fees and provides a stipend at UKRI rates (approximately £17,668 per year).

How to apply

To be considered for this competition, applicants should:

  1. Apply for admission through the University’s online application system by 17.00 (GMT) on 8th December 2022. (Please note you do not need to have received an offer by this date, you must simply have submitted your application). All applicants must have the support of an academic supervisor before applying.

    Find out more about applying for a PhD in the Law School

    Find out more about applying to the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice (ESRC track)
     
  2. Register on the SGSSS online application system Apply. Complete and upload the SGSSS Open Competition application form by 17.00 (GMT) on 8th December 2022. Copies of transcripts, a CV and two references will also need to be uploaded by this date.

    Queries about registering or logging into Apply

    Visit the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Open Competition website

Applicants must have submitted an application to study AND the SGSSS online application by 17.00 on 8th December 2022. Late applications will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by a Law School panel. Shortlisted candidates will then have the opportunity to work with supervisors to develop the full application for submission in late January/early February 2023.

Applications to this studentship are closed

The University of Edinburgh is a partner university of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH). The SGSAH awards a number of studentships across Scotland each year through an open competition.

Eligibility

Candidates will normally hold a First Class Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject, e.g. BA or LLB and a similar calibre of Master’s degree.

Awards are available to applicants with UK fee status and a limited number of awards are available for international applicants.

In accordance with UKRI policy, permissible positive action is being applied to this competition. For this year’s competition, SGSAH is making available at least three ring-fenced studentships for applicants from UK Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. These three ring-fenced studentships represent a minimum recruitment, with no maximum.

Value

The studentship covers the cost of UK or international tuition fees and provides a stipend at UKRI rates (approximately £17,668 per year). Application process To be considered for this competition, applicants should:

  1. Apply for PhD study
    Apply for admission through the University’s online application system by Monday 28th November 2022. Please note you do not need to have received an offer by this date, you must simply have submitted your application.

    Find out how to apply for a PhD
     
  2. Apply for SGSAH Scholarship
    Apply for the AHRC scholarship completing the SGSAH nomination application form and submitting this by email to phd.law@ed.ac.uk by Monday 5th December 2022.

    SGSAH nomination application form

    SGSAH full guidance​​

Please note that you must complete both of the above steps by the relevant deadlines. Late applications will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by a Law School panel. Shortlisted candidates will then have the opportunity to work with supervisors to develop the full application for submission to the SGSAH in late January/early February 2023.

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 students

Contact us

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

phd.law@ed.ac.uk