School of Social and Political Science

The John Peterson Memorial Fund Bursaries


Applications are now closed.

The School of Social and Political Science is proud to offer two new bursaries in honour of Professor John Peterson and his long career as Professor of International Politics at the University of Edinburgh.

The John Peterson Memorial Fund will provide two PhD bursaries of £10,000 each, split across 3 years.

These bursaries are available for PhD in Politics students beginning their studies at the School of Social and Political Science in the 2021/22 academic year.

Value of awards

A maximum of two awards will be offered.

Each awardee will receive a:

  • 3 year bursary totalling £10,000, paid quarterly in equal annual instalments

The bursaries will be awarded competitively and are open to students of any nationality applying to start their PhD in Politics programme in 2021/22.

All applicants should hold at least a:

  • UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent
  • a UK Masters degree with an overall mark of 65% or its international equivalent
English Language requirements

All non-UK candidates whose first language is not English must provide a certificate of proficiency in the English language before they are able to matriculate at the University of Edinburgh.

Please note that if applicants cannot demonstrate that English language requirements have been met at the point of application, the English requirement will be part of any admission offer made.

Applicants must pursue their PhD in Politics in one of the areas linked to John Peterson’s research:

  • EU politics and policy
  • US foreign policy
  • US-European relations and transatlantic trade polic
Application deadline and process

The deadline for applications is:

  • 15 February 2021 23:59 GMT

How to apply

Applicants are required to provide the following information saved within one PDF file. Please do not send multiple documents.

You should include:

  • A Personal statement - advising how your research area relates to either EU politics and policy, US foreign policy, US-European relations and transatlantic trade policy and why you should be considered for the John Peterson Memorial Fund
  • Academic CV
  • Two signed referee letters of reference - you are required to submit at least 1 academic reference. The second reference may be academic or professional
  • Degree transcripts - translations should be provided if the originals are not in English

The combined PDF file should be emailed to the following address by the application deadline:

Your email title must read: The John Peterson Memorial Fund Application.

Assessment process

All applications will be assessed after the closing date and shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an online interview.

The successful candidates will be notified that the award is subject to an offer for the PhD in Politics programme. If the candidate has not already applied for the PhD in Politics programme, they will be asked to do so.

Once an offer to the PhD programme is made (either conditional or unconditional), the official bursary award letter will be issued.

A reserve list will be kept in the event that awards may be cascaded, and unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email.

Notifications will be sent by the end of March.

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