The Dr Brian R. Phillips Scholarship for Chemistry Research

The trustee of the estate of Dr Brian R. Phillips has made a generous donation to the University of Edinburgh to provide funding for an annual PhD scholarship in the name of Dr Brian Ross Phillips.

Dr Brian R Phillips was born in 1935 in England to Percy R. Phillips (pigment chemist) and Muriel Arnold.  His early years were spent in Manchester, England.  Then the family moved to Edinburgh, Scotland.  Dr Phillips was a 1958 and 1961 graduate in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh. 


The Scholarship covers all tuition fees and an annual stipend for 42 months.  Stipend payments are matched to UKRI minimum stipend rates for the relevant academic year ((£18,622 per year for 2024 - 2025)

Eligibility: This Scholarship is open to UK students applying to start their first year of study for an on campus research degree in 2024 - 2025.


Applicants who wish to apply for admission and this scholarship are first required to secure the support of a prospective supervisor whose research aligns with the applicant’s own interests.

Please note: the Personal Statement for your scholarship application should clearly state why you are applying for this scholarship, why you are interested in the research topic of your choice, and what benefit the scholarship will have for your research and career plans.

Application Timeline

  • 17th November 2023 – Applications Open for the Brian R Phillips Scholarship via the Application form to
  • 15th December 2023 – Deadline for academic applications for admission to the programme to be submitted to EUCLID.  Online Application Form
  • 4th January 2024 – Deadline for applications for the BRPS Scholarship
  • 22nd – 26th January 2024 – Invitations to interview will be sent out to candidates
  • 5th – 9th February 2024 – Interviews to be held

Supporting Documentation

When making your academic application via EUCLID please upload the following documentation to support your application for the Scholarship

  • Research proposal (1 page)
  • Degree transcripts
  • Personal statement

Two reference letters are also required and they should be uploaded to EUCLID by the referees as part of the admission application process.  These references will be taken from EUCLID and used for your BRPS application.


Applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and research potential. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a UK first class or 2:1 honours degree at undergraduate level.

The University will not generally consider candidates who have already obtained a PhD, or formal equivalent, as a result of direct research training.