School of Mathematics

What funding is available for your PhD study?

Funding Opportunities

School of Mathematics

The School of Mathematics offers over 20 fully funded PhD studentships each year. Students receiving School funding are awarded a stipend equivalent to UKRI stipend rates plus fees.  All applicants will automatically be considered for these studentships, and they do not require a separate application.


These awards are primarily available to UK students for whom they provide full support (fees and stipend). The stipend is set by UKRI on an annual basis (stipend payment levels for 2020-21 have not yet been announced).   The School will also consider applicants from the European Union who can be supported through a combination of funding from EPSRC and the School of Mathematics. Eligible applicants will automatically be considered for this studentship on application, this does not require a separate studentship application.


Mathematical Modelling, Analysis and Computation (MAC-MIGS)

This programme is associated to the MAC-MIGS Centre for Doctoral Training, which is funded by a grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). UK-based students enrolled in MAC-MIGS will receive their stipends from EPSRC.

There are also supplementary financial resources which can fund the participation of students from other countries. See the programme website for more details.

Students interested in Applied and Computational Mathematics are advised to apply for the MAC-MIGS CDT programme.

Principal's Career Development Scholarships (PCDS)


This scholarship scheme provides an opportunity for postgraduate research students to undertake a package of training and development which will help them to develop the necessary skills required to meet their career choices and offer them a breadth of development opportunities in areas such as teaching, public engagement, entrepreneurship, research and data science. Each scholarship covers the UK/EU rate of tuition fee as well as a stipend which is reviewed annually. Overseas students applying for this scholarship must also apply for the Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship. Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarships are awarded for three years, however the School will provide an additional 6 months funding to successful applicants.

Applications for this scholarship have now closed.

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship (EGRS)

Each award covers the difference between the tuition fee for a UK/EU graduate student and that chargeable to an overseas graduate student. This award does not provide a stipend. Subject to satisfactory progress, the awards are for up to three years. 

Applications for this scholarship have now closed.


China Scholarship Council/University of Edinburgh Scholarships

A Scholarship 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 2020-21. Candidates should not be working outside China at the time of application and successful candidates must agree to return to China upon completion of their degree. 

Applications for this scholarship have now closed.


Carnegie/Caledonian Scholarships

Applicants must be graduates of a Scottish University with a First Class Honours degree. Students in their final year of an undergraduate degree who are expected to obtain a First-Class Honours degree may apply, withdrawing if they fail to do so. Applicants who are in receipt of a Government-funded Research Studentship, Research Council award or comparable scholarship will not be considered.

Applications for this scholarship have now closed.

Other Studentships