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World-Leading Doctoral Scholarships

World-Leading St Andrews Scholarships banner image; image of the Earth seen from space.The scholarships are funded by St Leonard's Postgraduate College, the home of the postgraduate community at St Andrews.

The World-Leading Scholarships are for students of exceptional ability looking to complete a doctoral degree in an area of research aligned with the University's research strategy.

Scholarships are tenable for up to 3.5 years and cover full tuition fees for the award term as well as an annual stipend payable at the standard UK Research Council rate (the 2022-2023 annual rate is £17,668). The scholarships are open to suitably qualified applicants from the UK or international.

Award holders will be expected to have completed the doctorate degree by the end of the award term. The award term excludes the continuation period and any extension periods. 

World-Leading Scholarship Projects (2023-24 TBA)

Doctoral Research at St Andrews

As a doctoral student at the University of St Andrews you will be part of a growing, vibrant, and intellectually stimulating postgraduate community. St Andrews is one of the leading research-intensive universities in the world and offers a postgraduate experience of remarkable richness.

St Leonard’s Postgraduate College is at the heart of the postgraduate community of St Andrews. The College supports all postgraduates and aims to provide opportunities for postgraduates to come together, socially and intellectually, and make new connections.

St Leonard’s Postgraduate College works closely with the Postgraduate Society which is one of the most active societies within the Students’ Association. All doctoral students are automatically welcomed into the Postgraduate Society when they join the University.

In addition to the research training that doctoral students complete in their home School, doctoral students at St Andrews have access to GRADskills, a free, comprehensive training programme to support their academic, professional, and personal development.