School of Social and Political Science

Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship - School of Social and Political Science


The scholarship application system is now closed.

Information on scholarship availability and application opening and closing dates will be advised.

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 postgraduate research scholarships are extremely competitive, and every year demand far outstrips supply. 

Value of award

This scholarship covers:

  • the University tuition fee
  • a stipend of approximately £15,500 per year - equal to the UKRI minimum rate for the relevant academic year of study, (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 and a half years (pro-rata for part-time students), subject to satisfactory academic progress. 


As an awardee, you will undertake a package of training and development which will help develop the necessary skills required to meet your career choices.

Training will also offer you a breadth of development opportunities in areas such as teaching, public engagement, entrepreneurship, data science, and research.


The 'Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship - SPS' is available to a student intending to commence PhD study in any research area within the School of Social and Political Science in the next academic year.

This award is open to student from all nationalities.

Please note this scholarship is only for PhD study, not for MSc by Research.

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
  • 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.

Application deadline

Information on scholarship availability and application opening and closing dates will be advised.

Applicants must submit two separate applications by this deadline (further information about both is given below):

  • Application for admission to a PhD degree
  • Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship - School of Social and Political Science application

We cannot accept applications or additional information or documents after the deadline.

Application for admission to a PhD research degree

Please note: you will only be able to apply for a scholarship after you have submitted an application to study.

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 must submit a complete application for admission to a PhD research degree by the awards deadline.

The application to study is made via the University's on-line applications system EUCLID - you are encouraged to make this application at least five working days prior to making your scholarship..

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.

You must submit a full application by this deadline, including references, research proposal and all supporting documents. 

References and research proposal for the application to study are also used for the awards application.

Application for 'Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship - SPS'

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. Ensure you visit the Important Information and Recommendations section before you apply.

You do not need to wait to receive an offer to study before applying for the 'Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship - SPS' - but you must submit a complete application to study by the deadline or your scholarship application will not be considered.

Application to the 'Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship - SPS' 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.

Please note that applications for the 'Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship - SPS' are extremely competitive, and every year demand far outstrips supply.

Supporting documents

The supporting documents submitted with your application to study (research proposal, academic transcripts and references etc.) will be used to assess your funding application.

You will be asked to write (3500 character limit):

  • why you think you are particularly suited to this scholarship
  • your intended area of career development
  • your aims for contributing to the School in this area

Conditional offers

Note that applicants in receipt of conditional offers (including conditional on English language) are still eligible to apply for the 'Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship - SPS'. Should they receive an award, but not meet the conditions of their offer, they would not be able to take up the award.

Help and support

Information on the Student Systems website may help you with guidance on the scholarship application system.

Applying for a postgraduate scholarship

Technical support and guidance

You can also view our applying for scholarships frequently asked questions: 

Frequently asked questions - applying for scholarships in the MyEd portal

Other funding opportunities

This form is also used for several other awards, including:

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.

Assessment process and results

Stage one

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.

Stage two

A panel of assessors, comprising the Postgraduate Research Programmes 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, 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 'Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship - SPS' candidates to let them know the outcome of their application in 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.

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