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Funding and Scholarships

While the process of securing funding for MSc studies is always very competitive, a wide range of potential opportunities exists that are available to applicants to taught programmes offered by the Global Public Health Unit.

Two key resources to assist you are the Funding and Scholarships Page of the Graduate School of Social and Political Science and the University's Scholarships and Student Funding Services. These two resources are the most to-date scholarship sites.

Among the specific schemes that prospective students might find useful in planning for academic year 2018-19 are:

  • The Edinburgh Global Health Academy Master's Scholarship offers partial fee payment for one overseas student undertaking an MSc with a health focus. The scholarship is awarded to students from low- and lower-middle-income countries who are accepted for admission on a full-time basis.
  • The Edinburgh Global Master's Scholarships offers partial fee payment for up to 40 overseas students for postgraduate study. These scholarships will be awarded to overseas students who are accepted for admission on a full-time basis for a Master's programme at the University of Edinburgh. Ten scholarships will have a value of £5,000 each while a further twenty scholarships will have a value of £3,000 which will be tenable for one academic year.
  • The Graduate Discount initiative via which University of Edinburgh graduates receive a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees. This applies to both home and overseas students.
  • The Chevening Scholarship Scheme, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, provides funding for international students to pursue 12 month masters at UK universities
  • US and Canadian Student Loan: the University of Edinburgh is eligible to certify loan applications for the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP).
  • The fully funded DfID Shared Scholarships for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. These cover tuition fees, subsistence and travel to study in the School of Social and Political Science. These scholarships will be awarded to Commonwealth citizens who are accepted for admission on a full-time basis. Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University of Edinburgh and should have firmly accepted that offer or be intending to do so. Please note that past successful candidates for these Scholarships have all held a First Class Honours degree.
  • The University of Edinburgh will offer Master's fee payment for outstanding UK/EU applicants under its UK/EU Master's Scholarship Scheme.
  • The Open Society Foundations/University of Edinburgh Scholarships open to applicants from Georgia and Kyrgyzstan. These aim to provide opportunities for independent postgraduate study at the University for students who have demonstrated both academic excellence and the potential to become leaders, decision makers, and opinion formers in their own country.
  • Fully funded Southern African Scholarships for citizens of southern African countries to study for postgraduate degrees at the University of Edinburgh.
  • The Julius Nyerere Scholarship will fully fund two Tanzanian citizens per annum to study for any MSc at the University of Edinburgh. Please note that the Julius Nyerere Master's Scholarships are extremely competitive and only the best candidates are considered. To date, successful candidates for the Scholarships have all held a First Class Honours degree.
  • The Canon Collins Trust funds Southern African students to undertake one year postgraduate training in the UK.

There are other possibilities on scholarships and available funding that can be explored, please visit the funding section of the Graduate School website.

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