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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school



Students pursuing the MSc by Research in Science and Technology Studies receive funding from a wide variety of sources. 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 If you find any contradiction between the information below and the external websites, or any broken link or out-of date detail, please contact the Postgraduate Research Advisor.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:

  • ESRC Scottish Doctoral Training Centre Awards: The University of Edinburgh is a member institution of the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Scottish Doctoral Training Centre. Science, Technology and Innovation Studies is part of a research training pathway (area susceptible to receive funding). 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 those 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.

  • Wellcome Trust: Provides both fees funding and a stipend to students (both EU and overseas) wanting to pursue an MSc programme which has a predominant focus on human and/or animal health. Deadlines are normally in the spring of every year and candidates need to be nominated by the University in advance. If you plan to apply, please contact the Scholarships Office and the Postgraduate Research Advisor as soon as possible.

  • UK / EU Masters scholarships: Provide £10,000 towards tuition fees and living expenses to British or EU nationals who are accepted for a masters degree on a full-time basis.

  • UK Masters Access Awards: Provide £10,000 towards tuition fees and living expenses to British University of Edinburgh undergraduates who are accepted for a masters degree on a full-time basis and fullfil certain conditions.

  • Stewart Russell Memorial Fund: Provides an award of £1000 to the strongest applicant for the MSc by Research in Science and Technology Studies.

  • Greenbank Scholarships: Provide 2,500 pounds to students wanting to pursue a masters degree at Edinburgh's College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (our degrees are eligible for this).
  • The Chevening Scholarships, the Edinburgh Global Masters Scholarships and the Commonwealth Scholarships provide funding for international students at various levels. Deadline: depending on scheme and country. Deadline for the Chevening Scholarships is very early, normally a year before the start of the programme.

  • Scotland's Saltire Scholarships: Provide 4,000 pounds to students from Canada, China, India, Pakistan and the USA wanting to pursue a masters degree.

  • GREAT Scholarships: Provide 5,000 pounds to students from India wanting to pursue a masters degree.
  • Residents of African countries should look at the specific funding opportunities here or contact the Centre of African Studies for further suggestions.

  •  Students from Syria should look at opportunities here.

  • Residents of China should look at the Eric Lidell China Saltire Scholarships.

  • The University's Scholarship Office offers extended information about funding, especially region-specific awards for international students.

  • University of Edinburgh graduates receive a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees. The Graduate Discount scheme applies to both home and overseas students.

Information about other alternative sources of funding can be found here: