Postgraduate Scholarships available in Humanities

Postgraduate Scholarships available in Humanities

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Application deadlines:

  • 14 Dec 2017: ESRC studentships
  • 15 Dec 2017: AHRC/College Doctoral Studentships
  • 12 Feb 2018: Carnegie/Caledonian PhD Scholarships
  • 25 May 2018: Duncan and Morag Maclean studentship in Celtic Studies
  • 31 May 2018: Gordon Studentship in American Studies
  • 31 May 2018: Centre for Scottish & Celtic Studies - Ross Fund/Hunter Marshall Bequest
  • June 2018 (exact date tbc): Centre for Scottish & Celtic Studies - major grant/seedcorn funding
  • 13 July 2018: Charlotte Nicholson Postgraduate Bursary in History
  • 24 August 2018: Alexander Ogilvie Postgraduate Scholarship in Scottish History 2017-2018
  • 24 August 2018: Charlotte Nicholson Postdoctoral Fellowship in History

ESRC PhD studentships

There are three separate competitions advertised, all with an internal deadline of 14 December 2017:

Further details


AHRC/College Doctoral Studentships

The School of Humanities (Archaeology, Celtic & Gaelic, Classics, Information Studies, History and Philosophy) at the University of Glasgow is pleased to invite applications for PhD studentships through its involvement in the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland. It is recommended that all applicants contact a member of staff to discuss their application to study and their research proposal. 

Subject Research Postgraduate conveners are happy tro discuss any related matters:

Archaeology Professor S Driscoll
Celtic & Gaelic Dr S Kidd
Classics Professor M Fox
History Dr S Reid
Information Studies Dr F Hopfgartner
Philosophy Professor M Brady

Studentships are available to applicants living in the UK and the European Union. Applications for interdisciplinary projects are also very welcome. Full details here 

Please note that deadlines are very tight:

  • The deadline for all AHRC/College scholarship applications is Friday 15 December 2017. To be considered for an award, candidates must have applied to study at the University of Glasgow and have provided two academic references through the university’s application system.
  • There is a School of Humanities' internal deadline of Monday 4 December 2017 for the application to study. It is important that you work to meet this internal deadline, although late applications to study will be considered up to Friday 15 December 5pm.

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Carnegie/Caledonian PhD Scholarships

Nominations are sought for the Carnegie/Caledonian PhD Scholarships 2018-19.

The Carnegie Trust is funding 16 PhD scholarships across all Universities within Scotland. The University of Glasgow has been allocated 7 nominations (out of 60 allowed in total across all Scottish HEIs).

We were very successful in the last round with 3 out of 7 of our nominees being offered scholarships.

These scholarships provide a stipend payable for 36 months (currently £ £16,200 for 2017-2018), fees at home rate (the difference between international rates must be covered by the University), up to £1000 towards certain research costs and access to Research Incentive Grants.

  1. The candidate must be nominated by the prospective supervisor of the PhD project.  Applications will not be accepted directly from students.
  2. A strong 1st Class Honours undergraduate degree from a Scottish university is a pre-requisite for consideration for the scholarship. For a guide students should be at least achieving A5 and above grades in their Honours years (University of Glasgow 22 point scale = 20-22) and have a strong dissertation performance. Those with borderline 1st class degree results/dissertations are not eligible to apply.
  3. Final year students of a Scottish university who expect to achieve a 1st Class Honours degree are eligible for nomination but will be withdrawn from the competition is they do not achieve a First. In faculties which do not award Honours, e.g. Medicine, the equivalent standard will be expected.
  4. Non-UK/EU domiciled students with a 1st Class Honours undergraduate degree from a Scottish university are eligible to be nominated for a Scholarship, but the Trust will only cover the costs of equivalent home fees. The prospective supervisor of an international student should verify with the relevant Graduate School that they are willing to waive additional fees.
  5. Candidates already completing a PhD/holding a PhD already are not eligible to apply.
  6. Candidates completing a MPhil with the intention of entering directly into year 2 of a PhD are not eligible to apply. If a candidate is currently completing a MPhil it must be a stand alone degree with a new project proposal being submitted for the application for PhD study.

Full terms and conditions and the nomination form can be found on the University’s Carnegie-Caledonian PhD Scholarships web pages.

Application process for internal selection process:

  • The completed nomination form should be combined with undergraduate/postgraduate transcripts in a single PDF document using the file name “Carnegie – Student First name Surname”. Please only submit relevant pages from transcripts which detail courses taken and results.
  • Applicants should also complete the relevant GPA Calculator form based on their results received to date and save this using the file name "GPA Calculator - First name Surname".  Attached is a worked example. Details of which system is used at a particular university please see our webpage.
  • All documentation should be submitted to pgr@glasgow.ac.uk by 9.30am, Monday 12 February 2018

The 7 successful nominations will require an Institutional Statement of Support to be completed by their Head of School/Director of Research Institute where the research will be undertaken. I have attached this for your information only at the stage as it does not need to be completed in advance of the deadline. This form will only require completion for the 7 shortlisted candidates.


Duncan and Morag Maclean studentship in Celtic Studies

1. Background

Roinn na Ceiltis is na Gàidhlig / Celtic and Gaelic at the University of Glasgow is the recipient of a legacy from the late Miss Anne Finlayson MacLean, daughter of one of Glasgow’s graduates, Mrs Marion (Morag) MacLean (nee Fletcher), who graduated MA in 1928. The legacy left by Miss MacLean in memory of her parents is used to fund a postgraduate studentship in Celtic and Gaelic Studies, which has been named ‘The Duncan and Morag MacLean Studentship’.
Anne’s parents were from the Hebrides. Her father, Duncan, was originally from Mull and followed in his father's footsteps pursuing a career at sea; he retired as a dockmaster in Hartlepool in 1962.  Her mother, Morag, the youngest of nine children, was a teacher who originated from Skye.
The Highlands and Islands — their unique people, language, literature, culture, history, art and music —  were dear to the hearts of Anne and her parents Morag and Duncan, and it is through their generosity and hopes for the further education of graduates that this bequest has been made. 

2. Summary of Studentship

A postgraduate studentship has been endowed to benefit postgraduate students, with priority being given to those applicants who are natives of the Highlands and western Islands of Scotland, but not excluding prospective students from elsewhere who demonstrate a passion for Celtic and Gaelic Studies and intend pursuing a career in teaching, education or research (broadly defined). The main details of the Duncan and Morag MacLean Studentship for session 2018-2019 are as follows:

  • The Studentship will be awarded to a suitable student or students accepted for a postgraduate Masters programme in Celtic/Gaelic Studies (PGT and MPhil/MRes) at the University of Glasgow, with career interests in teaching, education or research (broadly defined).
  • The Studentship will be awarded to a student or students in need of financial support in respect of living expenses and / or fees.
  • The award for session 2018-2019 is tenable for one year only to enable the successful candidate(s) to complete a Master’s postgraduate programme.
  • The award will not normally be renewed unless in exceptional circumstances.
  • The total funds available to the Studentship in 2018-19 are approx. £10,000.
  • This may be awarded to one candidate in total as a combination of fees and stipend; or split among deserving candidates into a number of packages of support for payment of fees.In the event of no suitable student being identified, no award will be made.

3. Requirements on Award Holder

The holder of the Duncan and Morag MacLean Studentship will be required to submit a brief report on his / her progress to the Head of Celtic and Gaelic at the end of the academic session in which the Studentship is held, together with a progress or final report (whichever is applicable) from his / her supervisor or programme Convener.

The recipient of the Studentship is requested to acknowledge support from the Duncan and Morag MacLean Studentship in their final thesis and in publications arising from the PG research funded by the Studentship.

4. Method of application

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to Dr Sheila Kidd, sheila.kidd@glasgow.ac.uk not later than 5pm (local time) Friday 25 May 2018.

Each application should consist of the following:

1. A fully collated curriculum vitae.
2. A covering letter explaining why you wish to be considered for this Studentship, detailing any other funding secured and/or applied for in connection with your PG Master's programme.
3. A brief outline of your current research and career interests (approx. one page).
4. Proof of your admission into a Master’s programme in Celtic & Gaelic, or indication that your application is currently awaiting approval.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Sheila Kidd, Head of Celtic and Gaelic.

The selection of the Studentship holder or holders will be on the basis of motivation and proven academic ability. Shortlisted applicants may be interviewed and selected by the Head of Celtic and Gaelic and by a further representative from Celtic and Gaelic or a related discipline.


Gordon Studentship in American Studies

Full or partial fees-only studentships to students wishing to take the MLitt or the PhD degree in American Studies.

Deadline: 31 May

Further details


Centre for Scottish & Celtic Studies - Ross Fund/Hunter Marshall Bequest

Deadline: 31 May

Further details


Centre for Scottish & Celtic Studies - major grant/seedcorn funding

Deadline: June 2018 (exact date tbc)

Further details


Charlotte Nicholson Postgraduate Bursary in History

This bursary is awarded annually to a student who has been awarded a place on a taught postgraduate programme in History, American Studies or War Studies at the University of Glasgow, and who would otherwise not receive funding for Masters study.

The terms and conditions are as follows:

1. The bursary shall be awarded to a student who has already accepted the offer to undertake study for one of the following taught postgraduate degrees at the University of Glasgow:

2. Students already in receipt of an award which covers the full cost of tuition fees will not be eligible to apply.

3. The bursary must be used to cover the cost of tuition fees.

4. The bursary will amount to the equivalent of the tuition fees charged to Home and EU students to undertake one of the above-named degrees named at the University of Glasgow. In 2018-19 the value of the bursary will be approx £7,250.

5. The bursary will be paid in a single instalment at the start of the academic session, at the point when tuition fees become payable.

6. The bursary may be awarded to a Home/EU or International student.

7. The award shall be made primarily on the basis of academic merit and motivation. Weight may also be given to the level of financial need where this is possible to evidence.

8. Selection shall be undertaken by the Head of Subject in History and/or her/his nominated staff members.

Applicants should submit the following:

  • the full application they made for postgraduate study at the University of Glasgow, including current CV and two academic references
  • evidence of acceptance of the offer to undertake postgraduate study at the University of Glasgow
  • a personal statement of no more than 500 words setting out the applicant’s research interests

Applications should be sent via e-mail to the Convenor of Taught Postgraduate Programmes in History, Dr Martin MacGregor (Martin.MacGregor@glasgow.ac.uk). The deadline for submission is Friday 13 July 2018.  Decisions will be made and applicants notified by Monday 6 August 2018.


Alexander Ogilvie Postgraduate Scholarship in Scottish History

This scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has already accepted a place to study Scottish History within the School of Humanities at the University of Glasgow at postgraduate level in academic session 2018-19, and who is not otherwise in receipt of funding. 

The terms and conditions are as follows:

  1. The scholarship shall be awarded to a student who has already accepted the offer to undertake study for EITHER the taught postgraduate degree of MLitt in Scottish History, OR the research degree of PhD or MPhil or MRes in Scottish History, within the School of Humanities at the University of Glasgow.
  2. Students already in receipt of an award which covers the full cost of the fees for the degree concerned will not be eligible to apply.
  3. The scholarship will be used in the first instance towards fees. If the student uses personal finances to cover the cost of fees, then the scholarship can be used as a stipend.
  4. The scholarship shall consist of a sum of approximately £2,000, to be paid in a single instalment at the commencement of the academic year for which the award is made.
  5. The scholarship may be awarded to a Home, EU or International student.
  6. The scholarship shall be made primarily on the basis of academic merit and motivation. Weight may also being given to the level of financial need where this is possible to evidence.
  7. The award of the scholarship shall be made by the Chair in Scottish History and/or the Chair’s nominees.

Candidates wishing to apply should submit the following:

  • the full applications they made for postgraduate study in Scottish History within the School of Humanities at the University of Glasgow, including current CV and two academic references 
  • evidence of acceptance of the offer to undertake postgraduate study in Scottish History within the School of Humanities at the University of Glasgow
  • a personal statement of no more than 500 words setting out the applicant’s research interests in Scottish History

Applications should be sent via e-mail to the Head of the Scottish History Area, Dr Catriona Macdonald.

The deadline for submission for the award to be made for academic session 2018-19 is FRIDAY 24 AUGUST 2018.

Decisions will be made and applicants notified by the following week.


Charlotte Nicholson Postdoctoral Fellowship in History

A postdoctoral fellowship has been endowed by a gift from the late Charlotte Nicholson, a former History librarian in GUL.  The fellowship will be awarded to the best proposal for a research-related project (as defined below) by a recent doctoral graduate in History (within the School of Humanities) from the University of Glasgow. In the current year, the award will be worth £6,000, to be used by the fellow in undertaking his/her project whilst attached to the History Subject in the School for a minimum of 6 months, and a maximum of 12 months, from 1 October 2018.

Applications must be submitted by 4pm on Friday 24 August 2018.
The winner will be announced by Wednesday 28 September 2018.

Eligibility and Conditions

  1. The Fellowship is open to any University of Glasgow doctoral graduate of the History Subject (School of Humanities) who has either (a) received their College letter of award between 1st September 2017 and 1st September 2018, or (b) has submitted their thesis between 1st September 2017 and 1st September 2018.
  2. The application must be made electronically on the Charlotte Nicholson Postdoctoral Fellowship application form.
  3. Each applicant must identity a project to work on during the Fellowship whilst attached to the Subject; this may be:
    (a) to prepare and submit an article for publication in a leading History journal;
    (b) to adapt a doctoral thesis for publication as a monograph;
    (c) to prepare a postdoctoral research grant application in conjunction with a member of staff in the Subject. 
  4. Each applicant must obtain the backing of a sponsor (i.e. a member of academic staff) in the History subject.
  5. A committee to judge applications will be appointed by the Head of Subject and will meet in early September 2017. The criteria applied will be:
    (i) the intellectual and academic merit of the project, and its likelihood of success in the time;
    (ii) the calibre of the candidate; and
    (iii) the case for benefits to the History Subject at the University.
  6. The Committee will reserve the right to adjudge that no suitable application has been made, and no award will be made for this year.
  7. The successful applicant will be awarded the Fellowship sum in one tranche on or shortly after 1 October 2018. With it, the candidate will be accorded full Library and associated privileges, and work accommodation.  No further remuneration is automatically given. The Fellow is expected to spend from 6 to 12 months associated with the History Subject, contributing to the intellectual, seminar and related life of the subject. They will be free to seek assistance and advice on the project,
  8. The Fellow will be expected to give at least one lecture/seminar to the History Subject on the project.
  9. The Fellow must undertake to acknowledge the Fellowship in any publication or Project undertaking that arises.
  10. Any inquiries should be directed to Dr Steven Reid (Steven.Reid@glasgow.ac.uk).
  11. Applications should be submitted by email to Christelle.LeRiguer@glasgow.ac.uk by 4pm on Friday 24 August 2018.