Postgraduate research funding

The following funded projects are currently accepting applications. Please refer to each project's adverts for full details and application processes.

New Scots Refugee Integration Delivery Project (NSRIDP) MPhil Studentship

New Scots Refugee Integration Delivery Project (NSRIDP) MPhil Studentship

Project details

As part of the New Scots Refugee Integration Delivery Project (NSRIDP) University of Glasgow is offering 2 MPhil studentships. The studentship award will cover fees, and a stipend for 1 year of study. As part of the MPhil you will take some selected courses from  the standard College Research Training Programme Postgraduate Researcher Development. The aim of the MPhil is for you to develop your own research dissertation as part of the overall NSRIDP.  

  • You will get access to cutting-edge academic research on migration with an emphasis on social justice and learning from non-academic work in this area.
  • You will be taught research methods by expert staff from a wide range of disciplines, allowing you to benefit from specialist knowledge and methodology.

The two studentships offer research dissertations on areas integral to the overall project. In addition to the dissertation work it is anticipated that the research will contribute to the

  • Critical review on the theory of change within the context of NSRIDP, and the broader New Scots policy
  • Creation of toolkits to support refugee integration in Scotland
  • Curation and documentation of the NSRIDP project using a variety of media

We are looking for candidates with a good understanding of the context oin the UK, and experience working with NGOs and/or Refugee Community Organisations. Demonstratable experience of relevant with research methodologies for this project which include, but are not limited to:

  • Participant observation
  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Arts-based research methods
  • Research Interviews
  • Statistical analysis
  • Survey desgn and analaysis

The stipend will be £15,609 per annum. Due to the funding arrangements the MPhil studentships can only be offered as full time study mode.

Supervision for the project work will be provided by Professor Alison Phipps, UNESCO Chair Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts (RILA).

About the School/Research Group

The ‘New Scots’ refugee integration strategy (2018-2022) sets out an approach to support the vision of a welcoming Scotland where refugees are able to rebuild their lives and integrate into society from the day they arrive. To achieve this, the strategy works to ensure Scotland follows a rights based approach to integration that reflects both the formal international obligations the UK has and the long-standing commitment of successive Scottish Governments to address the needs of refugees and asylum seekers on the basis of principles of decency, humanity and fairness.   

Work to support the integration of refugees by a wide range of partners led to the development of the first ‘New Scots’ refugee integration strategy, led by the Scottish Government, COSLA and Scottish Refugee Council, which ran from 2014-17.   

The projects and tools developed under the strategy to date have enabled refugees in Scotland to understand their rights, responsibilities and entitlements and access well-coordinated services to allow them to pursue full and independent lives. This project will significantly expand and evaluate the impact and reach of the ‘New Scots’ Strategy, further promoting the effective integration of refugees across Scotland, through three workstreams which are described below.  

 As part of the NSRDIP 56 projects have received funding to support refugee integration in Scotland. These projects will run from now until the end of 2022.

Global Objectives:  

  • To increase the scope and impact of refugee integration tools across Scotland  
  • To promote and encourage innovation in refugee integration projects and tools across Scotland  
  • To promote better integration of refugees into Scotland’s communities  
  • To enhance/strengthen community capacity to welcome and integrate refugees  
  • To promote beneficial impact of refugees in Scotland  
  • To develop learning and understanding of the effectiveness of Scottish refugee integration projects and the overall New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy.  
  • To develop and promote the New Scots strategy as an exemplar of international good practice.   
  • To develop requirements of future integration work in Scotland beyond the programme.   
  • To inform public and third sector policy on refugee integration, including internationally.  
  • To support refugees to become leaders and agents in integration with the support of the AMIF funds

University of Glasgow’s Work within NSRIDP:

As part of the NSRIDP the University of Glasgow’s work focuses on evaluating the successes of the funded projects, critically reviewing refugee integration theory and developing requirements of future integration work in Scotland.   

About the group:

UNESCO Chair Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts (RILA)

The UNESCO Chair supports learning from contexts which have long-term refugee and migratory experiences and where resilience has been developed, often in the face of overwhelming linguistic and cultural destruction.  Working with our cross-sectoral partners, we engage in research and advocacy for creative and artistic approaches to integration, which sustain linguistic and cultural diversity, foster creativity and intercultural capabilities and promote peace.

The News Scots Refugee Integration Delivery Project 

The New Scots refugee integration strategy 2018-2022is built on partnership and collaboration, led by the Scottish Government, COSLA and the Scottish Refugee Council and sets out a vision for awelcoming Scotland where refugees and people seeking asylum are able to rebuild their lives from the day they arrive. To achieve this vision, the strategy works to ensure that Scotland: 

  • is a place of safety for everyone, where people are able to live free from persecution as valued members of communities
  • enables everyone to pursue their ambitions through education, employment, culture and leisure activities
  • has strong, inclusive and resilient communities, where everyone is able to access the support and services they need and is able to exercise their rights
  • is a country that values diversity, where people are able to use and share their culture, skills and experiences, as they build strong relationships and connections

The purpose of the New Scots strategy is to coordinate the efforts of organisations and community groups across Scotland involved in supporting refugees and people seeking asylum. It provides a clear framework for all those working towards refugee integration and assists the work of all partners to make the best use of resources and expertise that are available across Scotland, by promoting partnership approaches, joined-up working and early intervention. The beneficiaries of the strategy are Scotland’s refugees, the communities they live in, and wider Scottish society. 

To date, projects and tools developed in line with the strategy have enabled refugees in Scotland to: 

  • live in safe, welcoming and cohesive communities where they are able to build diverse relationships and connections
  • understand their rights, responsibilities and entitlements and exercise these to pursue full and independent lives
  • access well-coordinated services, which recognise and meet their rights and needs
  • ensure their rights, needs and aspirations inform the policy, strategic planning and legislation which impacts upon them


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Qualification in a related subject area. Minimum BA, BSc at 2:1 or better, or international equivalent.

  • Enthusiastic self-starting individual, with a diplomatic approach to identifying and solving problems. With a demonstrable background and experience in policy and social sciences research in the areas relevant to refugee integration. A functional understanding of quantitative and qualitative social research methods would be an advantage.

  • Lived experience of the UK asylum system, or voluntary experience with third sector organisations working in areas of asylum determination and refugee integration in the United Kingdom would be an advantage.
  • The studentships are open to all. We encourage applications from those with background in refugee community

Award details

The studentships are available as a +1 (1 year MPhil) only. The programme will commence in January 2021. The full studentship  package includes:

  • An annual maintenance grant (stipend) indexed to the RCUK rate
  • Fee waiver at the standard Home rate

Other information

The independent research projects conducated by the successful MPhil researchers will assist the University of Glasgow's work on NSRIDP by contributing to:

  • A critical review refugee integration literature, including a review of the New Scots theory of change
  • The development of ‘best practice tools’ (possibly in liaison with the other project partners)
  • The curation and documentation of the AMIF project using a variety of media.
  • Research conducted by the successful candidates will likely involve collaboration with successful AMIF projects

Research topics will most likely relate to the themes included in the New Scots policy (needs of asylum seekers, housing, education, langauge, health & wellbeing, employability & welfare rights, arts/culture & sport, communities & social connections, and legal rights & citizenship.

How to apply

All applicants should complete and collate the following documentation, and then attach to a single email and send to with the subject line 'NSRIDP MPhil Studentship'

  • College of Social Sciences Funding application cover sheet
  • NSRIDP MPhil Studentship application
  • Academic transcript(s): for all completed or soon to be completed higher/tertiary education (for currently enrolled degrees, this should show enrolment and any grades obtained to date) and an accredited translation if not in English - scanned copy in colour of the original document/s
  • Degree Certificate(s) for all completed higher/tertiary education and an accredited translation if not in English - scanned copy in colour of the original document/s
  • References: 2 references on letterheaded documents – one must be academic the other can be academic or professional. if required, these can be sent from your referees directly to, with your full name and the scholarship you are applying for as the subject
  • Curiculum Vitae (CV)

Applicants lodge their application via email:

Closing Date: 08 October 2021

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by a selection panel and shortlisted applicants may be asked to attend a remote interview.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to an MPhil programme within the School of education. Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.

Contact details

Dr Dan Fisher (