PhD candidates in Science and Technology Studies (STS) can receive funding from a wide variety of sources, but need to apply for it separately, i.e. independently from the programme application. Please note that the information below may have changed and you should always refer to the external links. If you find any contradiction between the information below and the external websites, or any broken link or out-of date detail, please contact the Postgraduate Research Advisor. Potential applicants should contact the Postgraduate Research Advisor as soon as possible, given that internal deadlines at the University are considerably earlier than those stated by the funders:
The University of Edinburgh is a member institution of the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Scottish Doctoral Training Partnership. Science, Technology and Innovation Studies is part of a research training pathway. There are a number of funded places for students pursuing either a PhD (+3) or a MSC by Research and a PhD programme (1+3, totalling 4 years funding). UK students and EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for some years will receive both fees funding and a stipend, while candidates from the EU will only get their fees paid. These studentships are not suitable for overseas students. Full details, guidance notes and application forms can be found on the website of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. Regardless of the scheme’s deadline, applicants need to contact the Pathway Convenor and register with the University of Edinburgh as soon as possible and no later than early January. Full details on internal deadlines (and the application process) for ESRC studentships within the School of Social and Political Science is available here.
School-wide funding scheme open to both EU and overseas students, including those within their first year of PhD. It provides a stipend and covers fees at the UK/EU level only. Overseas students can top-up their fee funding by applying separately to the Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships (see below). The Chrystal Macmillan PhD Studentship provides both fees funding and a stipend to those working in the areas of social justice, gender and equality, human rights and peace and conflict resolution.
University-wide scheme open to both EU and overseas students that offers to candidates a training and development programme on top of their PhD. It provides a stipend and covers fees at the UK/EU level only. Overseas students can top-up their fee funding by applying separately to the Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships (see below).
For overseas students, to get their fees at the level of UK-EU candidates.
Supports PhD research in the humanities and the social sciences that addresses any aspect of human or animal health. Both EU and overseas students are eligible and the studentships provide fees funding, a stipend and a budget for research expenses. Deadlines are normally in the spring of every year.
Darwin Trust of Edinburgh
For PhD projects in history or philosophy of science or medicine, covers tuition fees and provides a stipend to students from any nationality. Students wanting to apply should express their interest to Dr Lawrence Dritsas early in the new year (deadlines are normally in the spring).
Provides both fees funding and a stipend for PhD projects in any area. Candidates need to have a first class honours undergraduate from a Scottish University and be nominated by the University of Edinburgh. An application form must be completed and submitted to the University of Edinburgh by the deadline specified on the link above.
Supports PhD studies of candidates from from Commonwealth countries, more information on the funding schemes available can be found via the link above.
Information about other alternative sources of funding can be found here:
- Graduate School of Social and Political Science – Information within the area of social and political science
- University funding – An A-Z list of all funding opportunities at the University
- The British Council - Look at the section relating to your home country
- The University's Scholarship Office offers extended information about funding, especially region-specific awards for international students.