School of Social and Political Sciences PhD Scholarships

School of Social and Political Sciences PhD Scholarships

The University of Glasgow, founded in 1451, is one of Scotland’s ancient universities and the 4th oldest university in the English-speaking world. Today, the University’s School of Social and Political Sciences (SPS) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan centre for world-leading social scientific scholarship, recognized by the 2021 Research Excellence Framework as having 90% or more of its research as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in terms of its originality, significance and rigour. The School is a leading centre of interdisciplinary social science, bringing together research, innovation and student education to tackle the key social and political challenges of our time.

Further information can be found here

The scholarships are open to anyone who, by September 2024, will hold an honours degree in the social sciences. A Master’s degree (or overseas equivalent) may be an advantage but not essential. 

Applicants must have a minimum of an upper second-class honours undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent), which should include evidence of at least some performance at first-class level (or overseas equivalent). Applicants without a Master’s degree (completed or in progress) must either have achieved (or be predicted to achieve) a first-class honours (or ‘distinction’) degree classification in their undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent). 

Please note that all applicants must also meet the eligibility criteria of the Research Opportunity they intend to undertake. Research Opportunity eligibility information can be found here: 

Number of Scholarships

3 (1 International and 2 Home Scholarships)

Eligible countries/regions

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Congo Democratic Republic of
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • England
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Micronesia
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Northern Ireland
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Scotland
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Wales
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe


The scholarships will provide funding for 3.5 years of research towards a PhD at the School of Social and Political Sciences. The programme will commence in October 2024. The full scholarship package includes: 

  • An annual stipend at the UKRI rate 
  • Fees at the standard home rate 
  • Students can also draw on a Research Training Support Grant, usually up to a maximum of £940 per year 
  • Commencement Bursary (single payment at the start of the PhD) 

How to apply

All materials required for the applications process are outlined here

For more information contact: Professor Naomi Head (