A limited number of studentships are available, to which students can apply with a research project. The deadline for these internally allocated awards are usually around the middle of January (see deadline below) for a PhD start in October of the same year, but applications can be made throughout the year.
Guidance Notes on the Application Procedure
- Consult with a prospective supervisor about possible research topics, and funding options. There are a number of possible funding options. Most of our students apply for a College of Science and Engineering Scholarship or an ESRC Doctoral Training Pathway (DTP) Studentship, but other schemes are available. Please see Scholarship and support opportunities
- Once you have identified a potential supervisor and decided on a research topic, complete the Glasgow University application form. On the form (section 8, Finance), please make clear which of the funding sources you would like to apply for (your supervisor will be able to help you with this). If you are applying for ESRC funding, please mention whether you want to apply for a 1+3 award (1 year MSc followed by 3 year PhD) or for a +3 award (3 year PhD only). This will depend on whether or not you already have an ESRC-recognized masters degree. Please also note that you can apply with the same form for several studentships at the same time (e.g. College, ESRC) as long as you are eligible.
- Enclose a separate CV, which should include information about undergraduate projects, any publications you have and anything else about your background and experience that might be relevant. If you have published any academic papers then include them.
- Submit two letters of reference (preferably not from your suggested supervisor)
- Include a transcript of your degree results.
- Please provide a research proposal. The research proposal must be a detailed description of the intended research topic. It will form the basis for assessing the application. The proposal should be written in a clear and concise manner. The main body of the research proposal (excluding the bibliography) must not exceed 1500 words / 10,000 characters.
The Research Proposal should include the following sections:
- Overview – a general introduction to your research topic, which should 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 problems. 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 used. Specific attention should be paid, where relevant, to any innovative aspects of the proposed methodology.
- Impact – a brief discussion of the implications of the proposed research for the broader discipline, any practical applications, and/or any policy relevance.
In addition, please include a bibliography and a brief timeline for your research project (not included in the 1500 words).
- If your native language is not English, please include a statement of your score on the TOEFL or IELTS test. Non-native speakers of English should have a score of 250 in TOEFL (Computer-based test) or grade 6.5 in IELTS.
- Complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring 2018
Deadline & Contact
Calls for 2017 College of Science and Engineering Scholarships , Chinese Studentship fee waiver, Carnegie/Caledonian PhD scholarships, and ESRC DTP Scholarships are now open. The deadline for applications for both studentships is 12 January 2018.
Please do not submit an application form without contacting a potential supervisor.
Note that there is an eligibility restriction for research council awards (e.g. ESRC): applicants must be students from the UK or EU countries and satisfy the eligibility criteria of the ESRC. Please see http://www.socsciscotland.ac.uk/studentships/eligibility for eligibility.
If you have any enquiries, please contact
Post Graduate Administrator