Our ESRC Funded Pathways - Who To Contact About Your Application

Applicants who have established they meet ESRC eligibility requirements* and have definite plans to submit an application should:

a) Read all of the guidance carefully on the SGSSS website on how to apply for an ESRC Student-led Open Competition Studentship.

b)  Identify a potential supervisor. Your are strongly advised to allow sufficient time to do this. Your supervisor must agree to accept you as a potential supervisee and be happy to support your application as they will be required to submit a Statement of Support. This Statement of Support is not required for the Stage 1 application process but our Pathway representative may wish to see this in advance to assess your application.

b) Log your intention to apply using the ESRC Award Eligibility Checker - Full version (this is a University of Glasgow internal process and does not constitute completing an application to the ESRC Open Competition or an application for study at the University of Glasgow).

c) Create an account on GradHub - Register

Registering on GradHub in plenty of time allows your account to be verified by the SGSSS, as this is done during office hours only. When you add your first referee's details (someone other than your supervisor) they will be automatically emailed and requested to return their reference to pgr@glasgow.ac.uk. You should give your referee as much notice as possible to submit their reference. Applicants who complete their application at the last minute are unlikely to receive a favourable response from their referee.

Applications for which we do not have a reference for will be disregarded. Referees have until 12 noon, Monday 13 January 2020 to submit references on the SGSSS template to pgr@glasgow.ac.uk. Please note that the deadline for applicants to upload their documentation is earlier on 12 noon, Friday 10 January 2020.

d) Contact the relevant Pathway Representatives with their application (before Friday 13 December 2019) to allow them to provide feedback. More details about each Pathway can be be found on the SGSSS website.

The following documentation is required for Stage 1 applications (additional documentation may be requested by the Pathway representative):

  • Application form
  • University transcripts (if you are currently undertaking a university degree, you should ask your programme administrator for a letter confirming your grades to date and a statement of your predicted degree result)
  • CV

e) The above documentation should be uploaded to GradHub by 12 noon, 10 January 2020. You are advised to complete your application in advance of the deadline.

* You can do a quick check using our tool - ESRC Award Eligibility Checker - 2020/21 Quick Version


Research Proposal

The Research Proposal must include the following sections:

  • Overview - a general introduction that succinctly sets out exactly what the project seeks to explore. This should also include the research question(s) to be addressed and the overall aim of the project.
  • Context – situate the research within the relevant literature/s. This should include a brief summary of research already taken in the field, addressing key works and scholars. Specific attention should be paid to problems in the existing literature and ways in which your proposed research challenges/addresses these You should also give an account of the theoretical issues relevant to your research, and whether you intend to test existing theories or develop new ones.
  • Methodology – provide a detailed account of the methodology and/or methods that will be Specific attention should be paid, where relevant, to any innovative aspects of the proposed methodology.
  • An indication of ethical issues associated with this proposal and proposed actions to mitigate these.
  • Risk assessment – you could indicate whether there are aspects of your proposal which might prove problematic in practice (for example, in relation to methodology and access to data). If this is the case, please outline proposed actions to mitigate these. If you do not think that there are specific risks associated with your proposal then state that this is the case.
  • Impact – a brief discussion of the implications of the proposed research for the broader discipline, any practical applications, and/or any policy


Pathway Representatives