Thursday, 20 January 2011

Scottish Overseas Research Students Award Scheme 2011-2012

This award is designed to attract high quality overseas research students to Scottish universities.Each award covers the difference between the tuition fee for a UK/EU graduate student and that chargeable to an overseas graduate student. The awards do not cover maintenance expenses.Subject to satisfactory progress, the awards are tenable for up to three years.

All candidates who apply for a Scottish Overseas Research Students Award Scheme (SORSAS) award and are unsuccessful, will automatically be considered for an Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship.

The University of Edinburgh will award 30 Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships in session 2011-2012 which like the SORSAS Awards will cover the difference between the overseas rate of fee and the home rate of fee.


The awards are open to overseas students undertaking a research degree and may be held in any field of study.

Applicants must be liable to pay tuition fees at the rate applicable to overseas students and must have already applied for admission to a full-time PhD research programme of study or currently be pursuing such a programme.

Academic merit

Applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and research potential.

Although candidates with an upper second class honours Bachelor's degree (or the overseas equivalent) can be considered, in order to be competitive you should really have a first class Bachelor's degree supplemented by an excellent Master's degree.

Other factors such as financial status, nationality and the proposed field of study are not taken into account.

Excluding factors

The University of Edinburgh will not generally consider candidates who have already obtained a PhD, or formal equivalent, as a result of direct research training; or who are due to enter the third year of their PhD programme of study.

Please also note that if you have applied for consecutive registration where you will start your Master's programme of study in 2011 and your PhD the following year in 2012, that you will not be eligible to apply for an SORSAS award in 2011.

SORSAS awards cannot be held concurrently with fully-funded scholarships such as a Commonwealth Scholarship, or a Marshall Scholarship.

Students who have previously held an SORSAS award will not be considered eligible for a second one.


Completed application forms must be received by Scholarships and Student Funding Services no later than 1 February 2011.

Eligible applicants should complete an online application form.

Please note that you will not be able to access the online application form unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh and have full EASE authentication.

*Postgraduate Research Scholarship Online Application

Notification of award

The deadline for the receipt of College nominations and associated SORSAS applications to Scholarships and Student Funding Services is 1 April 2011.

Successful applications will receive their SORSAS result letter in April 2011.


For more details on this award please contact Scholarships and Student Funding Services.
Scholarships and Student Funding Services

The University of Edinburgh
Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
Work: +44 (0)131 651 4070
Fax: +44 (0)131 651 4066

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