Ms Sturgeon says it will be "an enormous privilege" to succeed Alex Salmond as SNP leader and Scottish first minister. Nicola Sturgeon is set to replace Alex Salmond as leader of the SNP and Scotland's first minister, it has been confirmed.
Ms Sturgeon is currently the party's deputy leader, and the country's deputy first minister. She will formally take over the leadership next month, and will also become Scotland's first female first minister.
Mr Salmond announced he was stepping down after the independence referendum.
Ms Sturgeon was the only person to have put her name forward as a candidate ahead of Wednesday's 09:00 deadline.
She pledged to lead a "strong and competent government in a powerhouse parliament" and announced she would hold a series of rallies across Scotland.