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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.

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.

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 £15,700 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 2022/23 (September 2022 or January 2023 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.

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.

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 complete an online scholarship application (after applying for admission to the PhD Law programme). The online scholarship form is located in EUCLID.

Access the application form

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

How to apply for a PhD

The scholarship deadline is 3rd February 2022. You are strongly advised to ensure that you have submitted your application for admission at least five working days before this date.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of April 2022.

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 £15,700 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.

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 2022/23 (September 2022 or January 2023 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, 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 2022/23 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 you must also apply to the relevant Research Council.

Application Process

Eligible applicants should complete an online scholarship application (after applying for admission to the PhD Law programme). The online scholarship form is located in EUCLID.

Access the application form

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

How to apply for a PhD

The scholarship deadline is 3rd February 2022. You are strongly advised to ensure that you have submitted your application for admission at least five working days before this date.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of April 2022.

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 2022.

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.

Find out more about our current PhD students

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 £15,700 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

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

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 09 May 2022.

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 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 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 2022.

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.

Find out more about our current PhD students

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 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 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

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 09 May 2022.

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 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 will offer PhD scholarships for students starting their PhD research at the University in the 2022-2023 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 £15,700 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 2022/23 (September 2022 or January 2023 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 3 February 2022. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of April 2022.

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 is offering a studentship for PhD applicants in the field of European Union Law for September 2022 entry.

Applications are particularly welcome from candidates interested in pursuing projects on EU internal market law but projects addressing principles of EU constitutional law, EU criminal law, Union citizenship, EU immigration and asylum law, or EU non-discrimination law will also be considered. The PhD projects will be co-supervised by expert academics at the University of Edinburgh and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Award

One PhD award is offered and the successful applicant will be receive a 4-year studentship, which includes full tuition fees, a stipend and provision of research costs. 

Eligibility

The studentship will be awarded competitively and is open to UK, EU and overseas students applying to start their PhD programme of study in September 2022.

Criteria

All applicants should hold at least a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent, and a UK master’s degree with an overall average mark of 65% or its international equivalent.

English Language requirements:

All non-UK candidates whose first language is not English must provide a certificate of proficiency in the English Language before they are able to matriculate at the University of Edinburgh. Please note that if applicants cannot demonstrate that English language requirements have been met at the point of application, the English requirement will be part of any admission offer made.

Applying

The deadline for applications is 1st March 2022. The deadline for both references to be received by the College is 4 March 2022.

Application

Applicants are required to provide the following information saved WITHIN ONE PDF FILE.

  1. Research proposal (2-4 pages) that outlines their research interests and their reasons for applying for the specified topic.
  2. Academic CV
  3. Degree transcripts (translations should be provided if the originals are not in English)

The PDF file should be emailed with the subject title ‘European Studies Application’ to the following address by the application deadline of 1st March 2022 - pgawards@ed.ac.uk

References

Two signed referee letters of reference must be emailed to pgawards@ed.ac.uk no later than 4 March 2022. Candidates are required to submit at least 1 academic reference. The second reference may be academic or professional. We may not consider your application complete unless these references are received by the reference deadline.

Further Information

Queries regarding the available projects should be directed to:

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

Award

The scholarships cover tuition fees, a maintenance allowance and a research expenses allowance. The awards are tenable for three years for full-time study and up to six years for part-time study. The tenure period may be extended to a maximum of 42 months (or 84 months for part-time students), but only when a case for such an extension has been made at the time of nomination and approved by the Trust as part of the award.

Any subject area will be considered for Carnegie PhD Scholarships.

Eligibility and how to apply

The scholarship deadline is 23:59 GMT 24th January 2022.

Full details of the eligibility criteria and application procedure are available from the university's scholarship and funding website.

Find out more about this scholarship

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 students

Contact us

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

phd.law@ed.ac.uk