James McCune Smith PhD Scholarships

The James McCune Smith Scholarships fund Black UK domiciled students to undertake PhD research at the University in any research area in which we can offer supervision. They provide an enhanced experience through external mentors, placements, leadership training, community-building activities and networking opportunities.

Applications have now closed for 2024 entry in most areas, but if you are interested in submitting an application for the College of Science & Engineering, the deadline has been extended until 15 March 2024.

  • Your PhD research can be in any discipline
  • The funding covers stipend (estimated at £19,162 for 2024 entry) and fees for up to four years, as well as providing a training grant of £3,000 per year
  • You'll receive:
    • a six-month placement with industry, a government or non-governmental organisation or other employer  
    • mentorship from outside academia to provide a broader perspective and network, in addition to the usual academic supervisors
    • leadership training and community building activities
    • support for conferences and other networking opportunities

Find out more

The Scholarship is designed to encourage Black students from all walks of life to undertake postgraduate study.

Here, Dr Dwayne Spiteri, research associate in the School of Physics & Astronomy, talks about his experience of academia, and how the Scholarship is helping to address under-representation of Black students at research level.

JMS Scholars

'It can be difficult for people such as myself to get that look in, so I think it's nice that Glasgow have projects such as these.' We caught up with two scholars in this video, Amina & Mesh, to hear about their time in Glasgow so far.