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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 2022/23 entry are listed below. Please note that we are in the process of confirming scholarships so this list will be added to over the months of October and November 2021.

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: 5th November 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.

This opportunity is open to candidates in law, political science, sociology, anthropology, public administration, or a cognate discipline.


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).
  • A background, or clear demonstrable interest, in administrative, tax, or welfare law in India; an 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 7.0 in the writing component and 6.5 in each other module (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.

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Applications should be submitted by 5th November 2021. Applications will be reviewed throughout November and December. Interviews will take place in January 2022. The successful applicant will be expected to start the PhD in September 2022.

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 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) offers studentships for PhD study in the 2022/23 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 and a generous stipend at UKRI rates (approximately £15,700 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 Milena Tripkovic, at

Further queries on eligibility should be directed to the local Socio-Legal and Criminology pathway representative, Dr Milena Tripkovic, at

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 9th December 2021.
    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 SGSSS Apply before 5pm 9th December 2021. Students will be asked to register on Apply, make an application with them, upload existing transcripts, a CV and referee details. 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.
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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 ( stating your wish to be included in the competition.

For full details and guidance notes please visit the SGSSS website

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

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