A limited number of studentships are available, to which students can apply with a research project. The deadline for these internally allocated awards are usually around the middle of January (see deadline below) for a PhD start in October of the same year, but applications can be made throughout the year.
Guidance Notes on the Application Procedure
- Consult with a prospective supervisor about possible research topics, and funding options. There are a number of possible funding options. Most of our students apply for a College of Science and Engineering Scholarship or an ESRC Doctoral Training Pathway (DTP) Studentship, but other schemes are available. Please see Scholarship and support opportunities
- Once you have identified a potential supervisor and decided on a research topic, complete the Glasgow University application form. On the form (section 8, Finance), please make clear which of the funding sources you would like to apply for (your supervisor will be able to help you with this). If you are applying for ESRC funding, please mention whether you want to apply for a 1+3 award (1 year MSc followed by 3 year PhD) or for a +3 award (3 year PhD only). This will depend on whether or not you already have an ESRC-recognized masters degree. Please also note that you can apply with the same form for several studentships at the same time (e.g. College, ESRC) as long as you are eligible.
- Enclose a separate CV, which should include information about undergraduate projects, any publications you have and anything else about your background and experience that might be relevant. If you have published any academic papers then include them.
- Submit two letters of reference (preferably not from your suggested supervisor)
- Include a transcript of your degree results.
- Please also provide a sample research plan describing what you would like to do (your application cannot be processed without this). The size of your proposal should be 1200 words maximal, independent of the scholarship you apply to (College of Science and Engineering Scholarship, Chinese fee waivers or ESRC Doctoral Training Pathway (DTP) Studentship).
Use the plan to show us that you are original and creative. You will not be required to stick rigidly to the plan once here, but it gives us something with which we can judge your research skills. The plan should:
- Describe the research area in which you are interested;
- Outline any extensions to this that you believe will make good research topics;
- Include a plan for the research showing the stages you would go through;
- Include a paragraph that describes how your research will be both new and useful;
- Please also include any other relevant ideas you might have, e.g., any work you have done in your area of interest.
- If your native language is not English, please include a statement of your score on the TOEFL or IELTS test. Non-native speakers of English should have a score of 250 in TOEFL (Computer-based test) or grade 6.5 in IELTS.
Deadline & Contact
Calls for 2017 College of Science and Engineering Scholarships and ESRC DTP Scholarships are now open. The deadline for applications for both studentships is 13 January 2017.
Please do not submit an application form without contacting a potential supervisor
Note that there is an eligibility restriction for research council awards (e.g. ESRC): applicants must be students from the UK or EU countries and satisfy the eligibility criteria of the ESRC. Please complete the eligibility checker and submit the PDF with your application.
If you have any enquiries, please contact
Post Graduate Administrator