Global Research Award 2024-25 (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)


Key facts

  • Number of scholarships: 10
  • Value: Full Tuition Fees
  • Opens: 12 April 2024
  • Deadline: 3 May 2024
  • Helps with: Tuition fees


As part of its longstanding commitment to growing its population of excellent postgraduate researchers, the University is offering a number of Global Research Awards. These awards will cover the full tuition fee for International and UK postgraduate research students, commencing study on 1 October 2024. The award will apply for each year of study, up to a maximum of 3 years for full-time study. 


  • For doctoral study, we are seeking candidates with an excellent academic record which should comprise of a First-Class undergraduate degree (or equivalent); and/or a relevant Masters degree with Merit/Distinction, and/or evidence of equivalent achievement.
  • Students with an Upper Second-Class degree, or equivalent and a Masters, with an outstanding proposal, may also apply.
  • Candidates must demonstrate strong research potential - evidenced in their research proposal and a clear fit between their research interests and the research strengths of one of the Departments and/or subject areas in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Applicants must be in receipt of an academic offer of a place by 3 May 2024 closing date, therefore early application is advisable.

Subject eligibility includes:

  • Education
  • Applied Autism Studies
  • Law
  • History
  • History with Genealogical Studies
  • English
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism (Media and Communications)
  • Gender Studies
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Social Work
  • Social Policy
  • Public Health and Health Policy
  • Criminology
  • Politics
  • Policy Analysis
  • Psychology
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Obesity and Public Health
  • Physical Activity and Public Health
  • Counselling
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Applied Linguistics

Subject eligibility

Education, English, History, Law, Languages, Politics, Psychology, Speech & language therapy, Journalism, Social policy, Social work

Levels eligibility

Postgraduate Research

Study modes eligibility

Full Time

Fee Status

Home (Scottish), England or N. Ireland or Rep. Ireland or Wales, International

Student type


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Further information

If you already have an offer of study commencing in 2024/25, you do not need to apply again, but you should inform us via quoting your application number and that you wish to be considered for the Global Research Award 2024-25 funding competition, prior to closing date.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of May 2024 or sooner.

Successful applicants must be available to start their studies on 1 October 2024

It is important to note, that this competition is for Tuition Fees only and potential applicants should give this careful consideration because, if successful, it cannot be used in conjunction with any other award. You would need to be able to self-fund the cost of living as there is no stipend with this award. Therefore, you must decide prior to applying whether or not this is financially viable as no further financial assistance or support is available.

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How to apply

Identify a potential supervisor

Step 1 – view our research subjects and identify the area in which you want to study

Step 2 – once you’ve found the subject you’re interested in, review the supervisors list on that page and each academic’s profile

Step 3 – contact the relevant supervisor to discuss your intended research topic.  Email addresses are available on the supervisor’s staff profile page

Step 4 – the supervisor will advise on the suitability of the subject matter and recommend whether to submit a formal application.

Submit your application

Once you’ve carried out the steps above, please follow the instructions on the ‘Apply’ tab which is available within each of the research subjects pages.

Online application (Pegasus system) – documentation required

  • 1500-word research proposal – the elements we expect to see in a proposal are: Title, Research question(s), Research context, Research methods and Preparedness. References are not counted within the word count.
  • A 2-page CV, including your academic achievements and any professional experience
  • All academic transcripts & certificates to date
  • 2 Academic reference letters
  • IELTS Academic - minimum overall band score of 6.5 or 7.0 (please refer to individual programme regarding minimum requirement), taken within 2 years prior to commencing PhD study or equivalent, if English is not your first language

In the Funding section – please state “Global Research Award 2024-25”

It is only when a supervisory team (minimum of 2 supervisors) has been appointed and accepted, will a conditional offer of a place be issued.  You need to have a conditional offer by the closing date to be considered for this award.