The Burdett Fellows Studentship

The Burdett Trust for Nursing is providing funding for a 1 year, full-time, Scholarship for the MSc by Research (Nursing) for a Home (UK student) and an International student for a September 2024 start.


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Applications are now closed

We are no longer accepting applications for 2024/25 intake

Summary of this Masters by Research Fellowship 

The Burdett Trust for Nursing was established in 2002 with the aim of making charitable grants to support the nursing contribution to healthcare. The scholarships have a particular focus on developing research capacity and leadership within the nursing profession. It is hoped that these scholarships will form the research capacity building required for a future nursing research career for those successful in securing a scholarship, who will be known as The Burdett Fellows OR Nursing Studies Burdett Fellows.

The MSc by Research (Nursing) programme in Nursing Studies offers the highest quality of education and development for those nurses interested in developing world class research skills that would ideally position them to progress to PhD study. It aims to provide students with an advanced understanding of research design, data collection and data analysis issues in nursing and the wider health and social care context. The programme enables students to develop their understanding of debates about research, evidence and practice from a nursing lens. The programme is designed for qualified nurse practitioners and for graduates (or equivalent) interested in pursuing a future career as a research leader in the field to drive real-world positive change for global population health.

Supervision and Collaboration 

You will be supervised by academic colleagues within Nursing Studies in the School of Health in Social Science and will be part of the thriving PGR community within the School.  You will also be aligned to the work of the Edinburgh Global Nursing Initiative (EGNI) and existing established research teams within Nursing Studies and the Global Health Academy. This will provide access to successful world leading research teams.

We will be collaborating with the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery & Palliative Care, Kings College London and their Burdett Fellows, also funded through The Burdett Trust for Nursing. This collaboration will have a particular focus on building a research leadership network for Burdett Fellows. This will provide peer support and an opportunity for growth and sustainability building both nationally and globally.

Within The University of Edinburgh, you will have access to the wide range of research methods courses available to postgraduate students to meet your learning needs. The University is one of the leading Universities in the world, and the School offers a research-rich environment that specialises in research capacity development through doctoral and post-doctoral education and opportunities.

Funding Arrangements 

The Studentship is for 1 year full time. For UK (Home) students this will cover a stipend of £10,250 per annum and University fees. For International students this will cover a stipend of £17,425 per annum and University fees.

Funding will cease at the end of Year 1.

The MSc by Research (Nursing) programme will start September 2024.

Application Details 

Application to this Studentship is a two stage process – you must have carried out both stages by the deadline to be considered for the funding. If you are having any difficulty with your submission, have queries about the application process, or wish to check that your application has been received please contact our Research Admissions Administrator.;  0131 651 5144 before 11.59pm (GMT) Monday 22nd April 2024.

Applicant Attributes 


  • A registered nurse
  • A degree in Nursing (First-Class Honours or Upper Second-Class Honours or International equivalent)
  • Applicants must have applied or plan on applying to the MSc by Research (Nursing).


  • Experience of undertaking empirical research
  • Working as part of a research team
  • Publication(s)

Interviews and additional task 

Interviews will be held on consecutive weeks - w/c 13th and 20th May 2024

Interviews will be approximately 30 minutes and you will be required to give a 10-minute presentation to demonstrate your research idea and how you plan to execute it.

Applicants should also note that as part of the Burdett Fellows Scholarship successful candidates will be required to submit a personal statement at the end of their studies demonstrating the impact of the scholarship, their experience and the benefits of their selected area of continued professional development.

Burdett Fellows will also be invited to, but not required to attend, suitable Burdett Trust for Nursing events.


Academic Contact 

Professor Aisha Holloway Professor of Nursing Studies and Dr Larry Doi PGR Director