Funding for UK students

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UK students are eligible to apply for the following scholarships

Research Councils studentships

Research Council studentships funded by STFC and EPSRC are available to UK students (30% of these studentships will also be available to international students for 2021 entry).  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. Research Council studentships cover home fees and provide tax free stipends for living costs for 42 months (this is 48 months for CDT students). The stipend rates can be seen at the individual research council links below. The initial application deadline is 4th January, 2021 for Astronomy applicants and 22nd January, 2021 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.

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 2021-22.  One Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship is available for a PhD student starting their PhD research in the School of Physics and Astronomy in the 2021/22 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 £15,560 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.

Doctoral Training Scheme 

There are two doctoral training schemes open to UK/EU students: the Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces Centre for Doctoral Training and the Mathematical Modelling, Analysis and Computation (MAC-MIGS) Centre for Doctoral Training

Higgs Prize PhD Fellowships in Theoretical Physics

The School of Physics and Astronomy offers two Higgs Prize PhD Fellowships in any area of theoretical physics, starting September 2021. 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 (£15,560 per annum for 2021 entry), 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 we would like to strongly encourage female and international candidates 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). Please note on your application that you wish to be considered for this Prize Fellowship.  The selection panel will take into account supporting statements from the prospective supervisors.

If you have already submitted a PhD application and now wish to send your statement of interest please email this to gradschool.physics [at] ed.ac.uk.

Further funding opportunities

The University Scholarships and Student Finance pages may contain information on further funding opportunities.