College of Social Sciences PhD Scholarship

There will again be up to 21 full (3 year) PhD scholarships available to begin in session in 2020/21. These are open to full-time and part-time, Overseas and Home/EU PhD applicants or current College of Social Sciences PhD students with a start date after 01 October 2019. Distance PhD researchers will be ineligible

The Scholarship competition will be focused on supervisor-led proposals. Interested potential PhD researchers should first make contact with an appropriate supervisor. Current 1st year PhD researchers should speak with their supervisor/s.  

The following approach will apply:

The main purpose of the Scholarship scheme is to attract the very best PhD researchers to Glasgow to work on deliverable projects in a high quality environment characterised by a supportive and active research community.

The College scholarship competition will be supervisor-led.  It is supervisors who apply for these, not students.  This, however, does not mean that individual supervisors cannot or should not work with, or respond to interest from, a talented student to develop the proposal.  Such co-creation may be essential, but the critical element is that supervisors must be fully engaged in the development of the project, and they must understand that they have ownership over the proposal.  Scholarships will be awarded to the project, not to the student.

Supervisors can submit only one application. The single application requirement applies to any position within a supervisory team - that is, an applicant cannot apply as first supervisor on one application and second or subsequent supervisor on another application.


Applications should be made by via the Application Portal ( Submitted applications will be checked for completeness by the Graduate School and an acknowledgement email sent (along with a PDF of the Proposal) to the supervisory team.

Deadline for applications will be 1200, 31 January 2020

All complete applications will be sent by the Graduate School to the PGR Director of the School of the Lead Supervisor.

Schools will arrange School Assessment Panels to assess and rank all applications for their School based on the criteria outlined below, but also allowing for the shortlisting of a spread of applications across Schools and/or Research areas. School Assessment Panels must be chaired by the PGR Director of that School. Schools will shortlist the following number of applications to the Graduate School:

School Number of shortlisted projects
Adam Smith Business School 15
School of Social and Political Sciences 15
School of Education 10
School of Law 8
School of Interdisciplinary Studies 5

The Graduate School will then circulate the shortlisted projects and their rankings to the College Assessment Panel.

The College Assessment Panel will be chaired by the Dean of Graduate Studies and consist of the PGR Directors of each School as well as the Dean of Research and Deputy Head of College. The task of the College Assessment Panel is to rank all shortlisted applications while adhering to the School Assessment Panel rankings. While we will seek to spread the awards across the College, fixed quotas will not apply: quality and ranking will be the determining factors.

Criteria for Assessment

  • Excellence of the Project (including clear deliverability in 3 years)
  • Fit with College Research & Knowledge Exchange Strategy (any questions relating to the College Research & Knowledge Exchange Strategy should be directed to the College Research Office:
  • Supervisory team (excellence, record and balance across grades)
  • Research environment and support for PhD researcher
  • Impact of the research project


Process Date
Supervisors submit application to Graduate School 1200, 31 January 2020
School Assessment Panels provide shortlists to Graduate School 1700, 20 February 2020
College Assessment Panel meets and considers awards 09 March 2020
Successful supervisory teams informed 13 March 2020

Successful projects will then be invited to work with the Graduate School to rectruit high-quality PhD researchers to their projects. 

Applications to individual projects 08 May 2020

If projects are unable to recruit a PhD researcher by 05 June 2020, they will lose the scholarship, and we will move to the reserve list.