How can I get training?

The Digital Scholarship Initiative within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences has a limited number of bursaries to allow members of staff and PhD students to develop their digital and computational skills by attending workshops, summer schools and other scholarly training events.

The University also has a subscription to the online skills development service, offering an extensive library of high quality video courses in digital, technology, creative and business skills. Please ensure you check for relevant training opportunities prior to submitting a bursary application, as you may find suitable alternatives are readily available online.

Please review the Guidance Notes before completing your application.

Guidance Notes

The Digital Scholarship initiative allows members of staff and PhD students within CAHSS to apply to develop their digital and computational skills by attending workshops, summer schools and other scholarly training events.

Bursaries are intended to support the acquisition of skills which are essential for research, teaching and/or academic support, and for which training is not available internally.

Funding is available for training in:

  • technical skills needed to work with large amounts of data, or in working with the technical aspects of digitisation projects;
  • digital and visual methods for conducting research, or new modes of open scholarship (for example setting up social media environments for demonstrating research impacts).

Bursaries are not intended to cover attendance at conferences, other than where training events form part of a conference (in which case the costs of attending the training will be covered, but the conference fee will not). ​

Applicants are responsible for identifying the training opportunity which is best suited to their needs, and for making a case that this training is rigorous, scholarly, relevant to their work, and that suitable alternatives are not available within the University or more locally in Edinburgh.


All members of staff within CAHSS are eligible to apply.

PhD students may also apply for bursaries.  Their application will need a letter from their supervisor explaining why the training sought is essential for completion of the PhD.

Masters students and undergraduate students are not eligible.

Funding levels

Most awards made are expected to be around £500-£1000.

Where training institutes make scholarships/bursaries available, applicants are expected to apply for one of these to minimise their costs.

Dissemination of learning

Successful applicants are required to ensure that the benefits of this specialised digital training are disseminated to the wider university community.

Recipients will be required to write a blog post about the event attended for the Digital Scholarship website.

In addition, applicants will need to specify what other dissemination activities they will undertake.

These might take the form of:

  • offering a seminar or hands-on workshop;
  • assembling a teach-yourself tutorial;
  • contributing to a sharing practice session.

Bursaries will not be awarded without a definite plan for this dissemination, and carrying this out will be a requirement for receiving support from this fund in the future.


Applications can now be submitted at any time, with the Digital Scholarship Training Fund Selection Panel aiming to review and advise if the application is successful or not within two working weeks of receiving the application.

Assessment criteria and selection procedure

Assessment is made by a Selection Panel comprising members of the Digital Scholarship Steering Group taking into consideration the following criteria:​

  • Benefit to the individual
  • Benefit to CAHSS
  • Value for money
  • Commitment of applicant to promote and disseminate learning in Digital Scholarship
  • How strongly the event meets the priorities of the school in relation to Digital Scholarship development

Requirements of awardees

  • Funding must be spent by September 2018, for the purposes stated in the application form, or returned. It is not transferable.
  • Evidence of participation in the event must be submitted within one month via email to
  • A blog post for the Digital Scholarship website and plans for dissemination must also be submitted within a month of the event’s completion.


Applications and pre-application advice

For an informal discussion please contact​​​

Start your application form


Access the Digital Scholarship Fund Application Form through the following link.

Please note: you will be required to log into Office365 using your University of Edinburgh credentials.

Digital Scholarship Fund application form