Thinking About Studying for a PhD?

Apply for an Elphinstone Scholarship and have your fees waived each year if successful.

The University of Aberdeen has provided excellence in learning and teaching for five hundred years, exporting outstanding graduates and world-shaping ideas from North-east Scotland to the far reaches of the globe. To commemorate the anniversary of our founder, Bishop William Elphinstone, we offer a PhD scholarship programme in memory of his commitment to excellence and "the pursuit of truth in the service of others".

This opportunity is offered to high-achieving students looking to begin a PhD programme. Students from anywhere in the world can apply.

What you get

If successful you will have your fees waived for each year of your PhD. Find out more information about the wide range of subjects, and projects you can apply for.


  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Business and Management

For Business subjects if you have any questions please contact us

Physical Sciences
  • Archaeology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
    • Geography
    • Geology / Petroleum Geology
  • Natural and Computing Science
    • Computing Science
    • Maths
    • Physics

For these subjects If you have any questions – contact us

Life Sciences and Medicine
  • Biological Sciences
    • Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • Medicine Medical Sciences and Nutrition
    • Applied Health Sciences
    • Medical Sciences
    • Nutrition and Health
  • Psychology

For these subjects if you have any questions contact us

Arts and Social Sciences
  • Divinity, History and Philosophy
    • History
    • History of Art
    • Philosophy
  • Education
  • Language Literature and Visual Culture
    • Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies
    • Hispanic Studies
    • Music
  • Law

For these subjects if you have any questions – contact us


How to Apply

Applications for Elphinstone scholarships have closed for 2017. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by early May 2017.

Research Areas
Research Life at Aberdeen