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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Chrystal Macmillan PhD Studentship

First offered in 2012/13, 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 2018/19 entry.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 1 February 2018.

Value of Award

This studentship covers University tuition fees at the Home/EU rate, includes a stipend of £14,000, 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. 

Students liable to pay international fees may combine the Studentship with another Scholarship (such as the Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship), to cover all the fee costs.

One award is available for 2018/19.


This Studentship is available only to students intending to commence PhD study in September 2018 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.

Details on the application process is available here.

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