How to apply

There are 10 James McCune Smith PhD Scholarships available to begin research in October 2022.  Eight of these are funded by the University of Glasgow and support research in any discipline.  Two are funded by GSK and support research in areas of interest to GSK Medicinal Chemistry.

How to apply

  1. Look at the research interests of staff at the University of Glasgow so that you can suggest a research area and a supervisor. If you can’t find a supervisor we are happy to help you.
  2. Submit a completed JMcS Scholarship Expression of Interest form so that we can assist you in your application. 
  3. Follow the application process, beginning with contacting potential supervisors. When contacting a potential supervisor, be sure to state that you wish to apply for a James McCune Smith Scholarship as one of the options for funding. The topic of research for a James McCune Smith Scholarship is decided by the applicant in conjunction with their potential supervisor.
  4. Complete the online application. Please include a personal statement of up to 500 words on your research interest and why you wish to be a James McCune Smith Scholar. Please name the James McCune Smith Scholarship as one of the funding options under Finance in the online full application. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2022, but earlier submission is encouraged.

We are keen to support you through the application process and to help you navigate this. If you need any assistance at all then please email: JMSPhD@glasgow.ac.uk

GSK-funded studentships

GSK Medicinal Chemistry is funding two James McCune Smith Scholarships in areas of interest to them. Their interests include areas of organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry. The placement will be a minimum of six months, but may be as long as 12 months at GSK’s discretion. A GSK-representative will be on the panel that considers these applications. 

Applicants should identify whether they wish to be considered for the GSK-funded scholarships. The topic of research for any James McCune Smith Scholarship is decided by the applicant in conjunction with their potential supervisor. However, if a topic is not in an area of interest to GSK Medicinal Chemistry, then the application will only be considered for a James McCune Smith Scholarship funded by the University of Glasgow. Potential supervisors may wish to contact JMSPhD@glasgow.ac.uk to confirm eligibility of the topic for GSK-funding before the full online application is submitted.