University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow Jointly Funded PhD Studentships

University of Glasgow/Edinburgh Split Image 20/11/18

Photo credit: McEwan Hall, University of Edinburgh kaysgeog

Applications for 2020/21 will be launching week beginning Monday 18 November 2019.

The Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow are delighted to announce the launch of joint four-year PhD studentships, for entry in academic year 2020/21. We have 12 studentships available covering a stipend, tuition fees, research costs and travel funds.

Students are invited to apply for projects in three areas - One Health, Criminology, and Future Cities.

Students will be co-supervised by both institutions and will receive their degree from the institution where their lead supervisor is based.

Each student will spend up to 12 months carrying out a minimum of 2 taster projects (usually one at each university) before selecting their main PhD project. Students will participate in a symposium during their first year.

For more information, including a description of available projects and supervisors, follow the links in the theme boxes below.

Applications are invited from outstanding students from any country. 

Application deadline: 12 noon, Monday 13 January 2020. Interviews (if required) will take place in February 2020.‌‌

How to Apply

Prospective students should review the list of potential projects proposals which will be live by Friday 22 November 2019


Queries regarding project specific eligibility should be directed to the relevant project lead supervisor.

General enquiries can be directed to (University of Edinburgh) or the relevant theme email (University of Glasgow):

Applicants should apply via the Scholarships Application Portal. Please note that this is not an application to study at the respective universities.

Unless otherwise stated, applicants may submit applications to up until the application deadline of 12 noon, Monday 13 January 2020.  However, you are advised to give your referees adequate time to prepare and return their references.

Required documentation
  1. Applicant statement
  2. 2 references on headed paper with a signature.

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to ask their referees to supply a reference in a timely manner. The Universities will not pursue your references on your behalf in relation to this studentship application. Candidates are required to submit at least 1 academic reference. The second reference may be academic or professional. Applicants are expected to upload copies of their references directly to the Scholarships Application Portal. Referees will have 1 week from the submission deadline to submit their reference via email, if they do not wish to supply this to the applicant directly. 

    Please refer your referees to the following guidance Reference Writing Guidance for Referees. References can be sent directly by referees to the relevant email address below using the Subject Line <Reference - Applicant’s Surname, First name – Your name>: 
  3. Degree transcripts (translations should be provided if the originals are not in English)
  4. CV
  5. Evidence of English Language Proficiency (if relevant).  Applicants may still submit their application without this evidence but any offer would be conditional.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they can meet the English Language requirements of their preferred institution - 1) University of Edinburgh English Language Requirements; 2) University of Glasgow English Language Requirements.



About our Universities

About our Universities

The Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are research-intensive institutions with a combined population of over 5,000 postgraduate research students.

Our researchers investigate a range of fundamental and applied disciplines, from improving the health of human and animals in the UK and globally to understanding the causes of inequalities, deprivation and marginalisation.

The results of the last UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) showed that >80% of our research activity is in the highest categories (4* and 3*), which are classified as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. In 2016/17 we attracted £440 million in competitive funding for research.

For more information on being a postgraduate student at our Universities visit:


UofG and UofE logos on grey bg

‌University of Edinburgh Privacy Policies:

Privacy statement for applicants

Privacy statement