James Beattie Scholarships

James Beattie Scholarships

James Beattie Scholarships

Application deadline to be confirmed

The James Beattie Scholarship is available for Overseas students only.

This innovative scholarship programme provides an opportunity for postgraduate research students to undertake a package of training and career development, including teaching or research assistance, and to join a research network concentrated in a particular field of study.


This scholarship is open to students subject to the higher (overseas/international) rate of fees. This will include EU applicants subject to the higher rate.

This scholarship will cover, by fee waiver, the difference between home fees and overseas fees. The home fees for 2022/23 are £4,567 and overseas fees are £17,900. Thus, the value of the fee waiver will be £13,333. The successful candidate will be liable for the home portion of fees, £4,567 annually, which will be fixed for the duration of their programme, as well as receive a stipend of £6,000 per academic year. Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarship will be awarded for three years. Details of the cost of study can be found by visiting: Fees - PGResearch 2022-23.pdf (abdn.ac.uk)

Applicants must apply for admission to the PhD research project listed above on a full-time, on-campus basis.

Successful scholars will undertake a package of training and career development opportunities. This will include a set number of hours of teaching or research assistance. The career development package will be phased in year-by-year and supported by relevant training.


Applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and potential for independent research, as evidenced by the candidate’s academic record, prior qualifications, proposal and references. Selection will be based on this evidence and upon the strength of the proposed engagement with the advertised research project.

Applicants must be classified as Overseas students for fees purposes as set by the University of Aberdeen.

Applicants must hold, or expect to hold prior to commencement of studies, an undergraduate degree at UK first class or 2:1 honours level, or the international equivalent. It is preferable but not a requirement that you hold a Masters relevant to your chosen area of study. Other factors such as financial status and nationality are not taken into account.

Before you Apply

Before you apply, please contact the supervisory team by email to discuss your potential fit with the project, how your own research interests will benefit the project, and how you intend to frame your research proposal.

Application process

Application will be via the PhD application portal. Further information on the process may be found at this site.

You must include a detailed research proposal (1000-1500 words) which sets out how you will engage with the advertised PhD project, degree transcripts and certificates, and be supported by two academic references. Further guidance on research proposal may be found here.

You should mark your application “DHPA James Beattie Scholarship” in the Intended Source of Funding field on your online application.