The Alice Brown Scholarship is a six-year part-time PhD scholarship offering a programme of advanced study, ongoing research, professional training and development. In combination with their research methods training, subject-specific training and doctoral studies, successful candidates will also work with supervisors, the School’s Student Development Office, and the Alice Brown Scholarship Programme Coordinator to participate in a comprehensive ongoing programme of professional development.
We would expect successful candidates, within their programme of training, to contribute to the School’s strategic aims. This could be through participating in digital skills development, contributing to efforts to widen participation and access to higher education for students from non-traditional backgrounds or other development activities.
In combination with their time commitment on studies, training and participation, scholarship holders will be expected to take up paid work opportunities in teaching and research assistance, to gain experience and consolidate their training.
Applications are welcome for PhD projects in the following broad areas:
- African Studies
- International Development
- International Relations
- Science, Technology and Innovation Studies
- Social Anthropology
- Social Policy
- Social Work
- South Asian Studies
- Sustainable Development
Prospective candidates are encouraged to explore the range of expertise and research and teaching strengths across the School.
A first-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a subject relevant to the studentship OR a taught MSc degree at distinction level in a subject relevant to the studentship. Conditional offers can be made to applicants currently enrolled on a degree programme on the basis of anticipated results. As comprehensive research training is integrated in the programme of this PhD, there will be no automatic preference given to those holding MSc qualifications covering research training. Applications are encouraged from those nearing the end of an undergraduate degree in a subject relevant to the scholarship.
Due to constraints on part-time study for international students on visas, this award is only open to nationals of the UK, countries of the European Economic Area, or Switzerland, or those whose visa allows for part-time study.
The scholarship covers full payment of PhD tuition fees and provides an annual stipend of £10,000 each year.
All PhD students in the School of Social and Political Science can apply to the PhD Research Support
Fund for help with fieldwork and other research-related costs throughout their period of study.
Application and Selection
How to apply
The closing date for this scholarship is Thursday 4 February 2021 at 23:59 GMT
Application Process and Deadline
Applicants must submit two separate applications by this deadline (further information about both is given below):
- Application for admission to a PhD degree
- Alice Brown PhD Scholarship application
Application to the Alice Brown Scholarship 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. Instructions on the online awards/scholarship application system can be found here. If you require assistance, please go to http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-systems/support-guidance. Application for admission to a PhD research degree You must submit a complete application for admission to a PhD research degree. The application to study is made via the University’s on-line applications system EUCLID – you are encouraged to make this application at least five working days prior to making your scholarship application. For further information on the application process, please see our How to Apply page.
The School selection panel will meet in Spring 2021, and results will be communicated to candidates by email shortly thereafter.