PGT Newsletter -December 2016

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (December 2016) is now live. You can download it from

The newsletter provides further information about:

  • All workshops available in January 2017pgt-newsletter_4_dec_2016
  • IAD Learning Resources
  • Festival of Creative Learning
  • Erasmus funding available for traineeships – Register your interest!
  • Events and courses information
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy



Workshop:Postgrad Launchpad – Part I: Thinking about a masters? – 12 October 2016

Postgrad Launchpad – Part I: Thinking about a masters?

  • Wednesday 12th October 2016 @ 13:00 – 14:30

This information session will explore the purpose of masters study as well as the practicalities of researching study and funding options, and the application process.

To find out more and to book a place, please follow the following link:

What is Postgrad Launchpad? EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

A series of information events for current Edinburgh students to find out more about postgraduate study, both at the University and beyond.

If you’re interested in postgraduate study, you can find out more at our series of information events throughout the year. Designed to provide impartial advice whatever your intended destination once you graduate, the events draw on the expertise of four student service departments:

  • Careers Service
  • Institute for Academic Development
  • Scholarships and Student Funding Services
  • Student Recruitment & Admissions

There is also plenty of opportunity to chat to current postgraduate students, who will share their particular experiences of postgraduate study.

For More Information:


Applying for a PhD @ Edinburgh – Funding – Frequently Asked Questions

UNIVERSITYOn the 5th and 10th of November 2014 the IAD hosted on-campus and online panel discussions about applying for a PhD. This gave Taught Masters students the opportunity to ask staff questions about the PhD application process at the University of Edinburgh.

Representatives from Admissions, EUSA, International Office and the Scholarship Office were there to answer questions and give advice to students.

Over the next couple of weeks, this blog will cover some of the discussions raised during these panel sessions.

Examples of questions raised included:

  • Which scholarships are available to UK students in order to study in the EU?
  • Should I apply for funding from UK institutions, EU institutions or a combination?
  • Is the research proposal necessary to begin the procedure for funding next year?
  • How competitive is it applying for funding?

There are various PhD funding opportunities available, so it is important to spend time fully investigating these, including any small print.

Below is a list of some of the funding opportunity links with deadlines starting from November 2014 until early April 2015.  These are all prestigious PhD programmes with skills training and work experience features. Some are available to international students too.

General Links

Other funding deadlines

New Fund for Students: Keen to Go Abroad?

Desert IslandApril is a funny month in Edinburgh. There are days when the sun is splitting the stones, when the more foolhardy among us operate a ‘sun’s out, guns out’ policy and barbecue in vests and board shorts on the Meadows, in spite of a bone-chilling wind. There are other, more frequent, days when you have to drag out the woolly jumpers you had prematurely consigned to the winter, because it’s still raining as though it’s December. And so, we fast forward to idyllic summer in our minds. We dream of trips to places where ‘dressing for the weather’ means flip-flops – not light (and not-so-light) layers, waterproof shoes just in case, and a hat in case it’s too windy to keep an umbrella up.

Principal’s Go Abroad Fund for international trips

April is therefore the perfect month to announce a new Principal’s Go Abroad Fund for University of Edinburgh students to Go Abroad this summer. The University has set aside a pot of money to fund educational short-term trips abroad, be that for attendance at an international conference, or a cultural exchange with a peer in an international University with the same research interests – we are open to all ideas!

How much?

You could receive either £350 or £700 (depending on your means – something the Widening Participation office is helping with).

What’s the catch?

  • You must be a fully matriculated student at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Your international experience must have an educational component to it – so tourism doesn’t count!
  • The fund can’t go towards any other Study Abroad scheme for which you are already receiving funding.
  • You have to ‘Go Abroad’ by 1st September 2014 – so you really need to get your skates, and thinking (sun) hats on!
  • Students who are successful in their applications will be required to complete some reflective pieces while they are abroad/ right after they come back.
  • Pre-departure support and sessions will be available, as well as a Welcome Home event in semester 1 next year.

So if you would like the chance to experience a different culture, to open yourself up to new ideas, and broaden your horizons (…and be somewhere exotic and sunny, potentially) then you should apply!

Closing date: 5pm, 1 May 2014.

More details about how to apply and eligibility are available here:

Any questions, email Alison Treacy

What You Need to Know – applying for a PhD @ Edinburgh

Last year the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) held a panel discussion with University of Edinburgh representatives who are involved in the PhD application process.  What students said about the event:

“Got a good idea about applying for a PhD. Since the presenters were members of the selection committee, feedback given by them was more useful.”

“Most Useful Aspect: The panel of experts answered queries from a wide range of perspectives.”

In November this year, the IAD will hold panel discussions for Taught Masters students who are considering applying for a PhD at the University of Edinburgh.  At the event, students will have the opportunity to ask staff questions about the PhD application process at the University of Edinburgh; gain an insight into possible funding routes; and visa requirements. We will have representatives from Registry, Admissions, IAD, EUSA, International Office and the Scholarship Office.

There are three sessions (including an online session) – you can register for any of calendarthe sessions, however, we have tried to target the location with the specific cohort. Please Book by clicking on the booking link

(PGT – CSE/MVM) What You Need to Know – applying for a PhD @ Edinburgh
07th November 2013
Room 7.15, Michael Swann Building (KB)
Booking Link:

(PGT – HSS) What You Need to Know – applying for a PhD @ Edinburgh
14th November 2013
Room G.07 Medical School Meadows Lecture Theatre, Doorway 4 (Central)
Booking Link:

(PGT – Online Distance Learners) What You Need to Know – applying for a PhD @ Edinburgh
06th Nov 2013
Collaborate (Online Session)
Booking Link:

Details of how to access the online session will be sent by email (please ensure you have registered for this event in order to receive further instructions).

Help with References and Funding

There are two recent blog posts that are likely to be of interest.

sign for jobs1) How to Ask for References (from the blog for Moray House students – 12 June 2013)

The blog post includes practical advice on:

  • what do referees need to know?
  • what document might be helpful to your referee
  • who should your referees be
  • when should you approach your referee

The full post can be accessed from the blog Thinking Outside

road2) Funding for Further Study (from the PPLS careers blog – 13 June 2013)

The blog post includes information on:

  • the searchable online database of grant-making trusts
  • online resources from the scholarship and student funding service
  • Vidcasts on finding funding

The full post can be accessed from the PPLS careers blog