Scholarship award information (01 Apr 2014 onwards)
Scholarship information for applicants with offers made on or after 1 April 2014.
Additional information for all applicants
- Applicants in receipt of a postgraduate research EUCLID offer are given one month to respond to the offer via the ‘Respond to Offer’ link of their MyEd portal.
- This page provides additional advice about studentships, the award of studentships, payment of fees, matriculation etc.
- Where an applicant has been selected for a postgraduate scholarship award, this information will be included as part of the EUCLID offer.
- It is important to note that all new students are required to provide original documentation at the point of matriculation, please ensure you bring this paperwork with you when you arrive in Edinburgh. Further advice is available at: How to register as a student
- Applicants are asked to read the terms and conditions below (for either a self-funded or funded offer) before using MyEd to confirm acceptance of their study place, scholarship award, and these terms and conditions.
Please contact the Informatics Graduate School if you wish to clarify any funding information prior to accepting your EUCLID offer.
Additional information for self-funded applicants
If you have received a self-funded offer please ensure you have read the information and accept the terms below before accepting the offer in EUCLID.
- Self funded offers are made to applicants who are either planning to personally fund themselves throughout their programme, or to applicants who are in receipt of an external scholarship (paid directly to them rather than through the University).
- Allocation of scholarship places within the School is ongoing, therefore a revised offer which includes a funding contribution may be made to replace self-funded offers at a later date.
- Tuition fees are subject to annual revision and are typically increased by approximately 5% per annum. Acceptance of a self-funded offer is a commitment that tuition fees will be paid, irrespective of any future fee increases or adjustments.
- Upon matriculation, the University will directly contact you to arrange payment of these fees. If you have secured a scholarship or sponsorship for your studies you should satisfy yourself that the sums awarded will be sufficient to cover these costs. Further funding information is available at: Informatics postgraduate fees
- If you go beyond the 3 years of your PhD, you will receive (and will be required to personally pay) the fees for each semester in which you are registered beyond the end date of your programme (which includes a matriculation fee for the "write-up year" and continuation fees if you go beyond 4 years). Information related to these additional fees is available under "Other fees and charges" on our 'payment of fees' page.
Additional information for applicants in receipt of a funded offer
If you have received a funded studentship offer please ensure you have read the information and accept the terms below before accepting the offer in EUCLID.
- The Informatics Graduate School report on scholarship awards from a number of internal and external sources. Where possible, full information about the funding source will be provided in the EUCLID offer letter. The School often builds individual scholarship awards from a number of funding sources, meaning combined scholarship awards can be quite common. Sponsors include; University of Edinburgh Principal's Career Development Scholarships, University of Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships, China Scholarship Council / University of Edinburgh Scholarships, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Research Institutes within the School of Informatics and funding secured from the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance.
- School of Informatics CDT studentships are funded by UKRI/EPSRC under their terms and conditions which can be found at the UKRI website By accepting a studentship offer which includes UKRI/EPSRC funding (made via EUCLID), students are confirming they meet the funding eligibility requirements as outlined by UKRI/EPSRC terms and conditions of the grant. Any questions about funding eligibility should be discussed with the Informatics Graduate School or relevant CDT Coordinator prior to acceptance.
- If you have secured a scholarship or sponsorship for your studies you should satisfy yourself that the sums awarded will be sufficient to cover these costs. Further funding information is available at: Informatics postgraduate fee.
- Tuition fees are subject to annual revision and are typically increased by approximately 5% per annum. An offer to fund tuition fees is a commitment that fees will be covered, irrespective of any future fee increases or adjustments.
Duration of award
- All funded applicants should carefully note the funding period of the award. For non-CDT programmes, this is usually 3 or 3.5 years for a full-time PhD student. For CDT programmes, this is usually 4 years for a full time PhD student.
- The scholarship award will commit to a fixed period of funding, although may be shorter than the length of the programme of study.
- School of Informatics funding packages provided to both CDT and non CDT students do not cover the "write up" year matriculation charge nor any continuation charges that may be applicable to students who have exensions approved to their maximum end dates. Please refer here for detailed information on these additional charges.
Matriculation and visiting the University fees team
- All students are required to matriculate with the University on or shortly after the start date prescribed in the EUCLID offer letter. Any proposed change of start date should be discussed with the intended supervisor and the Informatics Graduate School, which may require and amendment in funding provision and the creation of a revised EUCLID offer letter. See matriculation advice at Arrival & Induction.
- Upon matriculation, all PGR students must visit the University Fees Department and provide them with a copy of their offer letter. In the case of funded PGR students, this is to ensure the University issues the tuition fee invoice to the School of Informatics.
- If any student is issued with an invoice for tuition fees which they believe the School of Informatics is responsible for paying, the student must immediately react and respond by informing the Informatics Graduate School or CDT Finance Admininstrator.
- If a student who is incorrectly invoiced fails to act promptly and / or fails to respond to contact attempts made by the Income Section, the Income Section will issue a late payment fee, which the student will be personally liable to pay.
Progression and continuation of funding
- PGR students funded by UKRI/EPSRC CDTs hosted by the SoI should note the progression requirments that must be met in order for funding to continue year on year.
- If a student is in receipt of a four year CDT scholarship for a 1+3 programme, then upon satisfactory completion of the MSc degree and approval by the MSc Board of Examiners and CDT Executive Committees, you will be registered for the PhD degree consecutively following successful completion of your MSc. Students should refer to their programme handbooks for detailed information on progression decision making.
- If a student is in receipt of a four year CDT award for a PhD with integrated studies, annual progression and continuation of funding is contingent upon sucessful completion of of the year's taught credits and progrtession approval of the CDT Executive Committee. Students should refer to their programme handbooks for detailed information on progression decision making.
- If a funded student does not make satisfactory progress with their studies at any point, the University reserves the right to either transfer the student to a lower degree or to discontinue their studies. In either event the studentship would be terminated or reduced in duration.
- The University reserves the right to either transfer or discontinue the study of PGR scholarship funded students who fail to make satisfactory study progress. In either event the funding award will be either terminated or reduced in duration.
- Scholarship funded PGR students are required to immediately inform the School in the event of any withdrawal from their studies, irrespective of whether this withdrawal is of a permanent or temporary nature. In such an event the School reserves the right to suspend or terminate scholarship payments. See the 'Withdrawal from PGR Study' page.
Tier 4 sponsored students
- International PGR students in receipt of a scholarship are reminded that the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) requires the University to report on any unauthorised absence of Tier 4 visa students, in order to maintain our UKV&I Highly Trusted Sponsor status. Failure to respond to any attendance monitoring notification may result in the suspension or termination of scholarship payments. See our attendance monitoring advice page.
- In general, scholarship income is exempt from UK income taxes, subject to standard income limits, individual circumstances or additional income. Students in receipt of a scholarship award are encouraged to consult HM Revenue & Customs for additional information.
Arranging and receiving stipend payments
- Where PGR students have been awarded a funding package from the University, the Graduate School arrange all stipend payments and into UK banks accounts only.
- In order to receive stipend payments, students must be successfully and fully matriculated and had their attendance confirmed.
- Once matriculated, students should visit the Informatics Graduate School to complete the necessary payment payment paperwork and provide the IGS with UK bank account details. This should be done as soon as students arrive on campus e.g. during September Welcome week (or the week of arrival if arriving outside of the September welcome week).
- As soon as IGS have received the necessary paperwork and bank details, the IGS Finance Administrator will submit a payment request for the initial block payment. From the date of the IGS request, it can take up to 20 working days for the initial payment to be paid into a student's UK bank account, so please manage expectations and finances accordingly.
- The first payment made to a funded student is normally a block payment of the equivalent of 3 months of stipend payments, subsequent payments will be paid monthly (in advance, not arrears) into the same bank account.
- Where a scholarship award has been made up of non-School funding sources, the external sponsor may, from time to time, require details from the University as to the current student status and study progress. In accepting these terms, scholarship funded students are giving prior permission for the School to provide such information where necessary. Note that this agreement does not affect your statutory rights under the UK Government Data Protection Legislation.
- Scholarship funded students may be asked to provide a paper version of their EUCLID offer letter at matriculation with Registry.