Scholarships & funding opportunities

AHRC-aligned MRes Interdisciplinary Excellence Awards 2020-21

These masters-level (MRes or MPhil) bursaries are being funded by Research and Knowledge Exchange Services, to facilitate applications to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland in all departments and faculties.

The awards are intended to promote interdisciplinary collaboration: preference will be given to research projects with two supervisors from different disciplinary backgrounds, who may, or may not, be located within the same department or faculty. We encourage innovative collaborations within the arts and humanities, and with colleagues in social science, science and engineering. This competition is open for both student and supervisor-led projects.

  • Number of scholarships 1
  • Value £4,407
  • Opens 20 February 2020
  • Deadline 1 June 2020
  • Help with Tuition fees
  • Duration 1 Year (Full Time) or 2 Years (Part Time)


The AHRC-aligned MRes Interdisciplinary Excellence Awards are open to UK/EU applicants who hold a first-class degree.

This competition is open for both student and supervisor-led projects.

  • For supervisor-led awards, a student may be attached to the project at the point of application (students nominated on initial applications must meet the academic criterion of a first-class degree).
  • For student-led awards: one or both supervisors may be named on the application, but are not required to have formally agreed to supervise. Students are advised to consult with prospective supervisors before applying.


Contact us

Please direct any enquiries to Dr Sarah Edwards (university-wide lead for AHRC postgraduate research)

How to apply

Please attach your PDF application to an email, with the following subject line: AHRC-aligned MRes Interdisciplinary Excellence Awards and send to

Your application should be organised under the following headings:

  • research proposal (questions, context and methods) (500 words)
  • up to 1000 words supporting statement, to include supervisor fit, benefits of the supervisory collaboration, training*, research environment, fit to School/Faculty/University strategic themes, and any external partnerships
  • if a student is applying, or a student is attached to a supervisor-led award, indicate their suitability for the bursary and project by outlining their academic interests, achievements and predicted or actual degree performance (this section is intended to determine the eligibility of the student and will not be scored. All recipients of the bursary must have a first-class degree)

 *please note that MRes and MPhil students can take between 20 and 60 credits of research training


Deadline for Applications: Midnight on Monday 01 June 2020