EPS Scholarships 2023

EPS Scholarships for PhD Research 2023

Heriot-Watt University has now created scholarship opportunities in the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences for 2023-24.  Please note that these advertised projects will update regularly.


All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class MChem, MPhys, MSci, MEng or equivalent degree by Autumn 2023. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or via Microsoft Teams). Most of these scholarships are only open to UK applicants. For some projects, applications may be accepted for exceptional overseas applicants.

Level of award

There are a number of scholarships available. Generally these offer an annual stipend payment of at least £17,668 per year (increasing to £18,622 from October 2023) and cover tuition fees for 3.5 years

How to apply

1. Important information before you apply

When applying through the Heriot-Watt on-line system please ensure you provide the following information:

(a) in 'Study Option'

You will need to select 'Edinburgh' and 'Postgraduate Research'. 'Programme' presents you with a drop-down menu. Choose Chemistry PhD, Physics PhD, Chemical Engineering PhD, Mechanical Engineering PhD, Bio-science & Bio-Engineering PhD or Electrical PhD as appropriate and select September 2023 for study option (this can be updated at a later date if required)

(b) in 'Research Project Information'

You will be provided with a free text box for details of your research project. Enter Title and Reference number of the project for which you are applying and also enter the potential supervisor's name.

This information will greatly assist us in tracking your application.

Please note that once you have submitted your application, it will not be considered until you have uploaded your CV and transcripts.

2. Applications

Applications must be made through the Heriot-Watt online application system

3. Closing date

Closing dates will vary depending on the project.  All successful candidates will usually be expected to commence their studies in September/October 2023, although some projects may require an earlier start.

Scholarship opportunities

EPS scholarship opportunities
Project Closing date Supervisor

Multiplex electrochemical profiling of Extracellular vesicles (UK Applicants only)

11 June 2023

Dr Anitha Devadoss; Prof. Nick Leslie Dr Pablo Lozano Sanchez

Developing smart nano-biosensors for monitoring food safety

18 June 2023 Dr Anitha Devadoss; Dr H Johnston
Zero-index materials for ultra-fast all-optical applications (UK Applicants only)   Dr. Marcello Ferrera
Strongly Correlated Quantum Matter 31 March 2023 Dr Adrian Kantian

Data-driven high throughput synthesis of diamond-like carbon coatings with atmospheric plasma system

  Dr Abdul Wasy Zia & Dr Theo Lim
EngD - Next generation long range laser rangefinders based on single photon detectors and new laser technologies (Thales and Heriot-Watt University) 31 July 2023 Prof Gerald Buller; g.s.buller@hw.ac.uk & Dr Aongus McCarthy a.mccarthy@hw.ac.uk
PhD - Novel approaches for quantum yield determination (Edinburgh Instruments and Heriot-Watt University) 31 July 2023 Dr Jose Marques-Hueso;  j.marques@hw.ac.uk
EngD - Beam steering systems for remote sensing applications (Fraunhofer and Heriot-Watt University) 31 July 2023

Prof Robert Thomson; r.r.thomson@hw.ac.uk