Internal Studentships

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

  1. 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 an ESRC/SGSSS Doctoral Training Pathway (DTP) Studentship, but other schemes are available.  You can find detailed information on these scholarships here: Please note that if you are applying for these studentships, you need to complete a separate application through the SGSSS portal, also by January 11, 2019, 12 noon.  Thus, you must submit applications in two places to be eligible for these studentships:  to the University application portal and to the SGSSS portal.

  2. Once you have identified a potential supervisor and decided on a research topic, complete the 2019 Application Form. Please complete the application for an ESRC scholarship only if you have agreed on a research topic with your supervisor, and your supervisor is willing to support your application.  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.

  3. 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.

  4. You will need one academic reference from a person other than your proposed supervisor to support your application.  Please ask your referee to write a reference for you using this ESRC Reference Form form.  Please ask them to forward it to by January 10th 2019 (who will upload it on the SGSSS portal), and to yourself, so that you can upload it on the University portal.

  5. Include a transcript of your degree results.

  6. 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.

    Please use Research Proposal form to write your proposal

  7. 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.

  8. Please upload your complete application here and if you are applying for an ESRC scholarship, also here

Deadline & Contact

Calls for Chinese Studentship fee waiver, Carnegie/Caledonian PhD scholarships are now open. The deadline for applications for both studentships is 11th January 2019.

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 for eligibility.

If you have any enquiries, please contact
Jenna Shields
Post Graduate Administrator