Funding for international students
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International students are eligible to apply for the following scholarships
Research Council Studentships
For 2023 entry, 30% of the studentships funded by UKRI (STFC and EPSRC) are available to international students. Research Council studentships are awarded by the School of Physics and Astronomy on receipt of an application for a PhD place through the online system and satisfactory interview, and do not require a separate application. Further information can be found at the individual research council links below. The initial application deadline is 8th January, 2023 for Astronomy applicants, and 20th January, 2023 for Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics and Condensed Matter applicants. Applications reached after the deadline will continue to be considered until all the positions are filled.
China Scholarships Council/University of Edinburgh Scholarships
Scholarships will be available for PhD study to candidates who are citizens and permanent residents of the People's Republic of China at the time of applying for entry for the academic year 2021-2022.
Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships
Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships are open to UK and overseas students applying to start their first year of study for an on-campus research degree in 2023-24. Three Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarships are available for a PhD student starting their PhD research in the School of Physics and Astronomy in the 2023/24 academic year.
The Scholarship covers the University tuition fee as well as a stipend equal to the UKRI minimum rate, for the relevant academic year of study, approximately £17,668 per year. Subject to satisfactory progress, the Scholarship is offered for 4 years. Applicants should indicate on their application to study for a PhD that they wish to be considered for this Scholarship.
Higgs Prize PhD Fellowships in Theoretical Physics
Applications are invited for up to three international Higgs Prize PhD Fellowships across theoretical physics, starting September 2023. We are particularly interested in recruiting students with a strong mathematical background who are passionate to study and explore the fundamental laws of Nature.
The Prize will cover fees and a four-year stipend, matching the level of the UK Research Council Maintenance Allowance rates (£17,668 per annum), as well as research funds of £1.5k per annum to cover books, computing and conference costs.
Applications are open to all students with no conditions on nationality. Furthermore, we value diversity, and strongly encourage female candidates and underrepresented groups to apply.
Before applying, interested candidates should get in touch with a supervisor from the Higgs Centre (a theoretical physicist who is an academic member of staff in the School of Physics and Astronomy) to support their application.
Applicants are advised to include in their application a statement of interest regarding the Higgs Prize PhD Fellowship under the ‘Research Proposal’ category (there is no need to write a detailed research proposal, just a brief description of the general topic agreed upon with the supervisor). The selection panel will take into account supporting statements from the prospective supervisors.
Students who have already applied and wish to submit a statement of interest for this fellowship are welcome to send their statements by email to the Graduate School Administrator Nicola Ferguson at gradschool.physics [at] ed.ac.uk
Note, if you are not able to meet the deadline, please get in touch with us.
Further funding opportunities
The University Scholarships and Student Finance pages may contain information on further funding opportunities.