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PhD Scholarship Opportunities Available - Study Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh

PhD Scholarship Opportunities Available - Study Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh - School of Social and Political Science

PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Support your PhD studies with one of our doctoral scholarships, including full tuition fees and a stipend.

The application deadline is Thursday 1 February 2024.

  • Alice Brown PhD Scholarship Follow in the footsteps of one of Scotland’s most influential modern figures in social and political science with this six-year part-time PhD scholarship. It offers a programme of advanced study, ongoing research, professional training and development.
  • Chrystal Macmillan PhD Scholarship This scholarship supports students who aspire to influence social change. We offer it as a three-year full-time or six-year part-time scholarship to a student researching social justice; gender and equality; human rights; or peace and conflict resolution.
  • School of Social and Political Science PhD Scholarship This award will support you to be part of the next generation of social science thought leaders. It is available to students researching any area within the School of Social and Political Science.

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Our School

As one of more than 200 postgraduate research students within the School of Social and Political Science, you’ll be part of a dynamic and diverse academic community.

Our interdisciplinary research cuts across traditional social science boundaries to bring together experts from across the School and wider University.

With an SPS research degree, you will gain advanced training across the social sciences. We will equip you with the skills needed to make a significant contribution to the world of social science, and to tackle some of society’s most pressing challenges.

The University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked one of the best 50 universities in the world. We’re 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

Our Programmes

The PhD is an advanced research degree, a three-year (full-time) or six-year (part-time) programme, leading to a dissertation of 80-100,000 words on an original topic, researched and written under the expert supervision of academic staff.

We offer PhDs in:

Prospective candidates are encouraged to explore the range of research and teaching expertise across the School.


PhD students participate in our lively research culture through research groups and centres, and through staff and student-led workshops and seminars.

The School provides training in research and professional skills. PhD students also benefit from training and professional development offered by the Institute of Academic Development at the University of Edinburgh, the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science.

How to apply

For further details and to apply please visit our website.

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