The scholarship application system is now closed.
The Graduate School of Social and Political Science is pleased to offer funded PhD awards for 2021/22 entry.
- Application deadline
The scholarship application system will open by 19 December.
The closing date for this scholarship is Thursday 4 February 2021 at 23:59 GMT.
Applicants must submit two separate applications by this deadline (further information about both is given below):
- Application for admission to a PhD degree
- Graduate School PhD Award application
We cannot accept applications or additional information or supporting statements after the deadline.
- Graduate School PhD Award application process
The scholarship award application process involves two main applications:
- Apply for your chosen PhD degree programme
- Apply for your chosen scholarship
Application for admission to a PhD degree
Please note: you will only be able to apply for a scholarship after you have submitted an application for a PhD programme.
The application to study is made via the University's online applications system EUCLID.
You must submit a full application by the deadline, including:
- research proposal
- all supporting documents
References and research proposal for the application to study are also used for the awards application.
The application to study must be submitted at least five working days prior to the scholarship application deadline. This allows your University Username (UUN eg s1234567) to be activated in time for you to submit your scholarship application before its deadline.
You do not need to wait to receive an offer to study before applying for a Graduate School PhD Award - but you must submit a complete application to study by the deadline or your PhD Award application will not be considered.
Please note that the SPS Scholarships application is extremely competitive, and every year demand far outstrips supply.
For further information on PhD study please see our PhD Programmes webpage.
For further information on the application process, please see our how to apply page.
Application for Graduate School PhD Award
Once you have submitted your application for study, you can then submit your funding application(s). You must submit a separate application for each individual funding scheme you are applying to.
Application to the Graduate School PhD Award is via the University's online 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.
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 scholarships are extremely competitive.
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.
The supporting documents submitted with your application to study (research proposal, academic transcripts and references etc.) will be used to assess your funding application.
Please also note that all material will be reviewed and assessed digitally and, as part of the shortlisting process, an external representative will be reviewing submitted applications.
Personal statements are not required for this scholarship.
If the scholarship system requests a Personal Statement, please note you do not need to provide one for this scholarship. Please write, 'Personal Statement not required for this scholarship' in the appropriate section of the scholarship application.
If you are in receipt of conditional offer (including conditional on English language), you are still eligible to apply for the Graduate School PhD Award.
Should you receive an award, but not meet the conditions of your offer, they would not be able to take up the award.
Help and guidance
Information on the Student Systems website may help you with guidance on the scholarship application system.
You can also view our applying for scholarships frequently asked questions:
- Value of awards
Graduate School Scholarship:
- pays tuition fees (UK, EU or Overseas fee level)
- a stipend of £15,500
This is 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.
Please note these scholarships are only for PhD study, not for MSc by Research study.
These awards are available both to students intending to commence PhD study in September 2021 and to students currently in Year 1 of their PhD in the School (if successful this will be a 2 year award).
These awards are available to all areas of research within the School of Social and Political Science.
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
- the degree of support provided by references
Financial status and nationality are not taken into account.
Please ensure you read the self-assessment section to ensure you meet all the criteria as the application process is very competitive.
- Assessment process and results
Postgraduate Advisors and supporting Subject Area academics assess all scholarship applications for their Subject Areas.
Scholarship applicants are then ranked and the top candidates are put forward to the next stage.
A panel of assessors, comprising the Postgraduate Research Director and two senior School academics, assess all ranked scholarship applicants and rank them individually.
The ranks are then collated and agreement on awards, reserves, and unsuccessful applicants are documented and actioned.
Assessors will use the SGSSS Marking Framework for their ranking process in both stages.
The School selection panel will meet in Spring 2021, 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, for example because they obtain different funding. In this case, the award will be offered to the top candidate on the reserve list.
We are aiming to contact Graduate School PhD Award 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.
- Other funding opportunities
This funding form is also used for several other awards, including:
- Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships
- College Research Award
- Alice Brown Scholarship
- Chrystal Macmillan Studentship
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.
- Current Year 1 SPS PhD Students
Year 1 full-time PhD students already at the School of Social and Political Science would, if successful, receive two years' funding to the end of the prescribed period of Study.
Part-time PhD students would receive the pro-rata amount to the end of their prescribed period of Study.
Application is via your MyEd account. The scholarship application section for current students is via the MyEd 'Student Self-Service' channel.
Details on how to find the scholarship section can be found on the Student Systems website.
The default position is that we will look at the two references and your original research proposal provided on your EUCLID application for PhD study.
However, we would recommend that current Year 1 students request assistance from their supervisors, who can comment on your progress to date, to provide updated references (maximum of 2 new references).
These can be emailed to the Graduate School Office by either yourself or your referee. Guidance for referees can be found in our request for an academic or non-academic reference document.
We also strongly advise that you update your research proposal (3-4 pages). These should be emailed (from your University account) to the Graduate School Office (email@example.com) by the funding application deadline.