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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Chrystal Macmillan PhD Studentship

Applications are now closed and results will be advised in Spring 2020.

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 in advance of the scholarship application deadline. It is recommended that the application to study is submitted at least two weeks prior to the scholarship application 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 College Research Award 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 2020/21 entry.

Value of Award

This studentship covers University tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and  includes a stipend of £15,000 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 2020/21.


This Studentship is available only to students intending to commence PhD study in September 2020 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 closing date for this scholarship is Monday 3rd February 2020 at 23:59 GMT.

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

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

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 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. Each funding application will ask you to provide a personal statement. In your scholarship application, please tailor your personal statement to include why you wish to study at this School and why you are a desirable candidate for this particular scholarship.
  3. This form is also used for several other awards, including Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships, Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships, College Research Award, Alice Brown PhD Scholarship, Macqueen Scholarship, and the Graduate School PhD Award. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The supporting documents submitted with your application to study (research proposal, academic transcripts and references etc.) will be used to assess your funding application.
  6. We cannot accept applications or additional information or supporting statements after the deadline.
  7. 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 two weeks prior to making your scholarship application but no later than 48 before the scholarship deadline to allow time for any technical difficulties.
  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.


The School selection panel will meet in Spring 2020, 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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