A number of fully funded scholarships are available for any area of study within the doctoral programme, these will become available to apply for from late-November.

Key Information
Deadline The deadline for this scholarship has now passed
Full tuition fees (UK or Overseas level) with £15,500 annual stipend for up to 4 years (pro-rata for part-time students)
All Countries
Contact Email Email Scholarship Support Team


The University of Edinburgh Business School looks for the best and brightest to join our global student and alumni community. However, we understand that joining a PhD programme can be financially difficult. To ensure that highly achieving individuals from all nationalities have the opportunity to study with us, our School is offering six fully funded scholarships. Each scholarship will be awarded to a candidate looking to push forward research in one of our academic research areas.

Depending on your proposed area of study you may be eligible to apply for one of the following scholarship opportunities. The majority of academic subject areas have highlighted key themes where they are developing research. While each group will consider applications from any topic which falls within their research area, applicants whose proposal falls within a highlighted theme will be given preference.

Research Area Themes

  • Banking
  • Behavioural finance and capital market anomalies
  • Carbon accounting and carbon pricing
  • Climate change and business
  • Climate finance, green finance, sustainable finance, financing the circular economy
  • Corporate finance
  • Critical and interdisciplinary accounting
  • Data, digital, and valuation infrastructures
  • Diversification of local economies
  • Financial technology (FinTech)
  • Governance, responsibility, accountability, and sustainability
  • Markets and investments (including asset pricing)
  • Management accounting and data visualisation for decision making
  • Regulation and regulatory processes

Accounting & Finance Research

  • Challenges, barriers, and opportunities that shape the establishment and scaling up of SMEs and entrepreneurial firms
  • Digital transformation, digital innovation, and digital entrepreneurship/enterprise
  • Improving our understanding of the factors affecting productivity, to inform the development of new local, regional, and national industrial and innovation policies

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Research

  • Credit risk
  • Data driven innovation
  • Decision analytics
  • Market design and analytics
  • Optimal design of business and market processes
  • Predictive analytics
  • Uncertainty, risk, and resilience

MSBE Research

  • Consumption practices, families, and life-course transitions
  • Marketing and consumption of creative industries, digital technology, financial services, food, and healthcare
  • Societal and policy implications of marketing

Marketing Research

This group will accept all applications from candidates whose proposal falls within the theme of 'Organisational Studies'. The research remit is wide but can be categorised according to three key areas:

  • Corporate governance, responsibility, and sustainability
  • Diversity and wellbeing at work
  • Managing performance at work

Organisation Studies Research

  • Cultural and creative industries
  • Global and international strategies
  • Globalisation, sustainability, and society
  • Service management
  • Strategic change and leadership

Strategy Research


Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Programme: All candidates must hold a conditional or unconditional offer onto one of our Doctoral programmes (PhD in Accounting, PhD in Finance or PhD in Management, including the Professional Pathway) and expect to join in September 2021. While you can be awaiting an application outcome when applying for this scholarship only those with an offer can be considered. Therefore, please ensure all necessary documents have been uploaded to your programme application before the scholarship deadline.
  2. Academic Standing: This normally requires a minimum qualification (or expected qualification if you are a current Master's student) of above-average academic achievement, typically 65% or above overall at the Master's level, with a distinction-level dissertation.
  3. English Competency: You must meet the English requirements for the PhD in Management, PhD in Accounting, or PhD in Finance. The most commonly approved certificate is an IELTS, for which the minimum accepted score is 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each section.

How to Apply

To be considered, candidates must submit both a programme application and a scholarship application using the University online application system. To access the scholarship application you must first complete your programme application.

When submitting your scholarship application, you will be applying directly to one of the academic research groups. Please apply to one (or more) of the following scholarship opportunities:

  • Accounting & Finance Group Doctoral Scholarship
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group Doctoral Scholarship
  • Management Science & Business Economics Group Doctoral Scholarships
  • Marketing Group Doctoral Scholarship
  • Organisation Studies Group Doctoral Scholarship
  • Strategy Group Doctoral Scholarship

Selection Process

Eligible applicants will be ranked by a selection panel from each of the Business School research areas. Applications are ranked considering a number of criteria, most importantly:

  • The academic background of the candidates, including their achievements so far
  • The potential of the candidates' doctoral research proposal

Scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission and joining the PhD in Management in September 2021.

Award Announcement Date

Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application in April 2021.

Please be aware that we also hold a reserve list. In the event that a successful candidate later declines their award, the award will be offered to the top candidate on the reserve list. Candidates will be notified if they are listed as a reserve candidate.


Lindsey Singleton
Postgraduate Research Support and Development Officer

University of Edinburgh Business School
29 Buccleuch Place