SCHOLARSHIPS 2015 – AHRC and College Funding - PhD

SCHOLARSHIPS 2015 – AHRC and College Funding - PhD

Information for Students on Postgraduate Funding for Subjects in the School of Critical Studies, 2015-16

 The School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow is pleased to invite applications for PhD studentships, through its involvement in the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland. We welcome particularly proposals which relate to our research strengths – see Applications for interdisciplinary projects are also very welcome. AHRC Studentships are available to applicants living in the UK and the European Union. In addition, the College of Arts will offer a number of scholarships for PhD study in 2016. These scholarships are open to UK/EU and International applicants.

 Below is further information on the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities AHRC Doctoral competition and how you can go about completing your applications. Students applying for this competition will also be considered for Carnegie and College scholarships by the College Scholarship Committee. Please note that deadlines are very tight. In order to be nominated for these awards, applicants must hold an unconditional or conditional offer of a place on a relevant University of Glasgow PhD degree programme. External students wishing to be considered for AHRC funding can apply up until this date. It is recommended that external applicants contact a member of staff to discuss their applications. There is a School of Critical Studies internal deadline of Monday 23 November 2015 for students to submit their draft AHRC applications and University of Glasgow PhD applications. It is important that you work to meet this deadline, although late applications will also be considered up until the College deadline of 6 January.


Workshops will be held for students on the following days:


  • Theology and Religious Studies: Monday 26 October, 10 am – 12 pm, 4 The Square, Upper Seminar Room.
  • English Literature: Tuesday 3 November, 2.00-4.00, Common Room, 4 University Gardens.
  • School of Critical Studies: Friday 6 November, 11 am-1 pm, 4 The Square, Room 305.


In the meantime, Subject PG Conveners and the SCS Convener will be happy to meet with individual students or to help with queries.


SGSAH AHRC Doctoral Competition and College Scholarships 

  1. The first stage is to identify a member of staff willing to work with you on your application. This doesn’t imply that this person will supervise your PhD, but all students do need to be nominated by a member of staff. If you are unsure about who to contact, email the appropriate Subject PG Convener. Conveners are as follows:

Creative Writing: Elizabeth Reeder ( )

English Language: Jane Stuart-Smith ( )

English Literature: Adrian Streete ( )

Scottish Literature: Alan Riach ( )

Theology and Religious Studies: Scott Spurlock (

2. In order to be nominated for these PhD awards, you must hold an unconditional or conditional offer of a place on a relevant University of Glasgow PhD degree programme. You can find further information here:

3. In addition to the GU application, students need to complete the ‘College of Arts AHRC and College Scholarship Form’ (attached and available here:

This should be filled out by the student in consultation with a member of staff. Institutional guidance notes for completing the form are available via the link above. There is also useful information via the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities here: 

The member of staff you are working with will complete the ‘Institutional Statement of Support’. Guidelines for this form are here:

It is recommended that you work closely with the member of staff nominating you so that both forms speak to each other as closely as possible.

4. Once you have completed your draft ‘College of Arts AHRC and College Scholarship Form’, it should be submitted to the Critical Studies PG Scholarships Inbox by Monday 23 November. Please note that this is an internal School of Critical Studies deadline; if you miss it for any reason your application can still be considered.

5. The College Scholarship Committee makes the final decision on which applications from across the College go forward to the AHRC panel which decides on awards. The College Scholarship Committee also decides who goes forward for Carnegie and College awards. Awards will be announced late April/early May 2016.


Rob Maslen

SCS PG Convener

October 2015



Key Dates

26 October

3 November

6 November

Information session for Theology and Religious Studies

Information session for English Literature and Creative Writing

Information session for School of Critical Studies

23 November

Internal Deadline for PhD Applications to RIO

Internal Deadline for Draft AHRC Applications to PG Admin

6 January

Final deadline for PhD Applications to RIO

Final deadline for AHRC Scholarship forms to

PG Admin

8 February

AHRC DTP Application Portal opens

19 February

AHRC DTP Portal closes at 12 noon

27 April

AHRC DTP decisions announced

Early May

College decisions announced



Scholarships and Prizes

Scholarships and Prizes

There are a number of sources of funding available to support students studying in the School of Critical Studies:

General funding opportunities for Taught Postgraduate Students and Research Students.

AHRC and College Scholarships- Creative Writing, English Language, English Literature, Scottish Literature and Theology & Religious Studies

School Scholarships:
 The Alexander and Dixon Scholarship
 William Lauchlan Mann Memorial Prize
 Historical Thesaurus Scholarships

Postgraduate Taught