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School of Social and Political Science PhD Awards

The University of Edinburgh

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Edinburgh
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,700 - please see advert
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 10th December 2021
Closes: 3rd February 2022
 

The School of Social and Political Science’s Graduate School is pleased to offer a number of funded PhD awards for 2022/23 entry. 

Eligibility

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 the next academic year and to students currently in Year 1 (full-time equivalent) of their PhD in the School (if successful this will be a 2 year award, full-time equivalent).

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.

Award details

'SPS PhD Scholarship':

  • pays tuition fees (UK, EU or Overseas fee level)
  • a stipend of £15,700 (pro-rata for part-time students)

Awards for new students 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. 

Application process for 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 current 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.

Applying for a scholarship through MyEd Student Self-Service channel

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

Academic references

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 (full-time equivalent) 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 PGR Support team (pgresearch.sps@ed.ac.uk) by either yourself or your referee. Guidance for referees can be found in our request for an academic or non-academic reference document.

Please ensure you name the scholarship you are applying for and provide your UUN in the email.

Research proposal

We also strongly advise that you update your research proposal (3-4 pages).  These must be emailed (from your University account) to the PGR Support team (pgresearch.sps@ed.ac.uk) by the funding application deadline.

Please ensure you name the scholarship you are applying for and provide your UUN in the email.

Application and Selection

How to apply (future PhD students)

The closing date for this scholarship is Thursday 3 February 2022 at 23:59 GMT.

Application Process

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

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:

  • references
  • 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 10 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 the 'SPS PhD Scholarship' - but you must submit a complete application to study by the deadline or your 'SPS PhD Scholarship' application will not be considered.

Please note that the 'SPS PhD Scholarship' 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 'SPS PhD Scholarship'

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 'SPS PhD Scholarship' for future students 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 the 'SPS PhD Scholarship' are extremely competitive, and every year demand far outstrips supply. 

Selection process

The School selection panel will meet in Spring 2022, 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.

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