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The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) is the UK's largest facilitator of funding, training and support for doctoral students in social science. By combining the expertise of sixteen universities across Scotland, including the University of Strathclyde, the SGSSS facilitates world-class PhD research. The SGSSS is funded jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Scottish Funding Council.

Candidates for ESRC funded studentships, which can be of either three years (PhD funding for students with Masters research training already) or four years (Masters training plus PhD) and should contact the University Pathway Representative (see contact details below) for their chosen discipline.


Application Process

  • Applicant contacts a Pathway Representative
  • Register on GradHub :
  • Applicant/supervisor develop a proposal
  • Applicant/ supervisor submit proposal, supporting statement and cv to the Pathway Lead
  • Applicant will upload stage one of the application onto GradHub by 12 noon, 6 January 2021
  • Faculty decision of nominated candidates to go forward to next stage by 24th January
  • Successful applicants will submit final versions of their applications to SGSSS by 12 noon on 12th February 2021
  • When SGSSS announce awards the applicant will apply to University of Strathclyde via the Pegasus portal


UKRI Studentship Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for UKRI funding has changed for studentships commencing in the 2021/22 academic year. Now, all home and international students are eligible to apply for UKRI funding which will cover the full stipend and tuition fees at the home rate (not the international rate). Under the new criteria, UKRI have stipulated a maximum percentage of international students that can be recruited each year against individual training grants. This will be managed at the institutional level for all EPSRC DTP and ICASE grants. For EPSRC CDT grants, this will be managed by the individual CDT administrative/management team. For ESRC and AHRC studentships the final funding decision will be made by the respective grant holder.

 To be classed as a home student, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK national (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter.

 The residency requirements are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments. Normally to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education).

If a student does not meet the criteria above, they will be classed as an international student. The international portion of the tuition fee cannot be funded by the UKRI grant but will be covered by the University of Strathclyde.

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Visit the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) website for further details and information on how to apply


Shona Cameron
50 George Street
University of Strathclyde
0141 548 5993

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…SGSSS is a collaboration between 16 HEIs in Scotland