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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Chrystal Macmillan PhD Studentship

The scholarship application system is now closed.

Please note: you will only be able to apply for a scholarship after you have submitted an application to study. The application to study must be submitted at least five working days prior to the scholarship application deadline. This allows your University Username (UUN eg s1234567) to be activated in time for you to submit your scholarship application before its deadline.

Guidance on the scholarships application system is here.

Before applying, please read the Self-Assessment page, which provides helpful information about the factors that help make a successful application.  Please note that applications for the Chrystal Macmillan Studentship are extremely competitive, and every year demand far outstrips supply. 

The Chrystal Macmillan PhD Studentship is offered by the School of Social and Political Science to a new PhD student studying a field relevant to Chrystal Macmillan.

Chrystal Macmillan was a pioneering campaigner for social justice. In 1896, she was the first woman to graduate from the University of Edinburgh in science, later converting to law, and becoming one of the first group of women to be called to the English bar in 1924. She was a leading suffragist, campaigning for votes for women and equality of opportunity in other spheres. She was a prominent figure in the international women's movement, campaigning for peace and conflict resolution during the First World War, and was a delegate to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.

We have recognised these achievements by naming our School's building the Chrystal Macmillan Building and by establishing a PhD studentship in her name open to applicants working in the fields of social justice, gender and equality, human rights, and peace and conflict resolution.

The award is open to new PhD students for 2021/22entry.

Value of Award

This studentship covers University tuition fees (UK, EU or Overseas level) and includes a stipend of £15,500 for a maximum of three years (pro-rata for part-time students).

Awards are made for one year in the first instance and are renewable for up to a further two years (pro-rata for part-time students), subject to satisfactory academic progress. 

One award is available for 2021/22.


This Studentship is available only to students intending to commence PhD study in September 2021 and who are pursuing a PhD topic in one of the following fields: social justice, gender and equality, human rights, peace and conflict resolution.

Please note this award is only for PhD study, not for MSc by Research.

When making decisions, the Selection Committee will consider the applicant's academic achievements, research proposal, research potential, any publications made, any relevant non-academic experience, and the degree of support provided by references.  Financial status and nationality are not taken into account.

Application Process and Deadline

The scholarship application system will open by 19th December. The closing date for this scholarship is Thursday 4th February 2021 at 23:59 GMT.

Applicants must submit two separate applications by this deadline (further information about both is given below):

  • Application for admission to a PhD degree
  • Chrystal Macmillan Studentship application

Chrystal Macmillan Studentship application

Application to the Chrystal Macmillan Studentship is via the University's on-line scholarships application form located within the EUCLID applicant hub. After submitting your application for your programme of study, you will receive a University Username (UUN) and access to MyEd where you can reach the scholarship application system. Instructions on the online awards/scholarship application system can be found here. If you require assistance, please go to

Please also view the following: Frequently asked questions - applying for scholarships in the MyEd portal.

Please note the following:

  1. Once you have submitted your application for study (via the How to Apply page below) you can then submit your funding application(s), you must submit a separate application for each individual funding scheme you are applying to.
  2. This form is also used for several other awards, including Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships, College Research Award, Graduate School PhD Award, Macqueen Scholarship, and the Alice Brown Scholarship.  Important - please ensure you check each scholarship deadline as they may differ. You must enter a separate funding application for each award you wish to be considered for.
  3. You do not need to wait to receive an offer to study before applying for a Chrystal Macmillan Studentship - but you must submit a complete application to study by the deadline or your Chrystal Macmillan application will not be considered.
  4. The supporting documents submitted with your application to study (research proposal, academic transcripts and references etc.) will be used to assess your funding application. If the scholarship system requests a Personal Statement, please note you do not need to provide one for this scholarship. Please write, 'Personal Statement not required for this scholarship' in the appropriate section of the scholarship application.
  5. We cannot accept applications or additional information or supporting statements after the deadline.
  6. Note that applicants in receipt of conditional offers (including conditional on English language) are still eligible to apply for the Chrystal Macmillan Studentship.  Should they receive an award, but not meet the conditions of their offer, they would not be able to take up the award.

 Application for admission to a PhD research degree

You must submit a complete application for admission to a PhD research degree by the awards deadline.  Please note the following:

  1. The application to study is made via the University's on-line applications system EUCLID - you are encouraged to make this application at least five working days prior to making your scholarship application.
  2. For further information on PhD study please see our PhD Programmes webpage.
  3. For further information on the application process, please see our How to Apply page.
  4. You must submit a full application by this deadline, including references, research proposal and all supporting documents. 
  5. References and research proposal for the application to study are also used for the awards application.

Assessment Process and Results

Stage One – Postgraduate Advisors and supporting Subject Area academics assess all scholarship applications for their Subject Areas. Scholarship applicants are then ranked and the top candidates are put forward to the next stage.

Stage Two – a panel of assessors, comprising the Postgraduate Research Director and two senior School academics, assess all ranked scholarship applicants and rank them individually. The ranks are then collated and agreement on awards, reserves, and unsuccessful applicants are documented and actioned.

Assessors will use the SGSSS Marking Framework for their ranking process in both stages.

The School selection panel will meet in Spring 2021, and results will be communicated to candidates by email shortly thereafter.  Note that we also hold a reserve list; in the event that a successful candidate later declines their award (e.g. because they obtain different funding) the award will be offered to the top candidate on the reserve list. 

We are aiming to contact Chrystal Macmillan Studentship candidates to let them know the outcome of their application in early April. Due to the volume of applications we receive and the lengthy assessment and ranking process, we are unable to answer individual responses until then.

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