Global Research Scholarship Programme 2023/24 (Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences)


Key facts

  • Number of scholarships: 15
  • Value: Full tuition fees
  • Opens: 1 February 2023
  • Deadline: 31 March 2023
  • 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 Scholarships. These awards will cover the full tuition fee for International and UK postgraduate research students, with a start date of 1 October 2023. The awards will apply for each year of study, up to a maximum of 3 years for full-time study.


  • PhD/EdD: 3 years full-time
  • DEdPsy: 2 years full-time only
  • MPhil/MRes: 1 year full-time


  • candidates must demonstrate an excellent academic record. For Doctoral study, this should comprise a First-Class undergraduate degree (or equivalent); and/or a relevant Master’s 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)
  • MPhil and MRes applicants are only required to have an undergraduate degree at First or Upper Second Class
  • candidates must demonstrate strong research potential (evidenced by the research proposal and academic references*) and a clear fit between their research interests and the research strengths of one of the Schools and/or subject areas in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Applicants must be in receipt of a conditional offer of a place by the closing date of 31 March 2023, to be considered.

*The research proposal (not required for EdD applications) should be approximately 1500 words, covering your background; aims & objectives; summary of methods and timeline of research plus outputs and impact. References are not counted within the word count.

Eligible courses

Subject eligibility

Education, English, History, Law, Languages, Politics, Psychology, Journalism, Social policy, International relations, 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 for 2023/24, you do not need to apply again, but you should inform us that you are interested in applying for this award.  Please contact the email above with your application number.

Applications must be submitted by 31st March 2023.

Successful applicants will be notified by June 2023.

Students must start their studies on 1 October 2023 (or 11 September 2023 for EdD Education and MRes).

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How to apply

You must have a conditional offer of study before the closing date to be considered for this award.

Step 1: identify a supervisor

To begin this process you should identify a potential supervisor for your project from the staff listed on the ‘supervisor’ tab on the website of your chosen subject area - listed under "Eligible programmes" above.

You may contact potential supervisors by email to ask if they would be able to supervise your proposed project.

Step 2: application

Prospective students who receive and accept an offer of admission will be eligible to apply for a Global Research Scholarship.

Prospective students can apply for this award if they are self-funded. These scholarships cannot be combined with any other Strathclyde University award.

To begin your application, find the relevant apply button from the programmes below:

Supporting information

When completing your application, please input the following:

  • in the "Programme Name", please select the appropriate PhD study area.
  • on the "Funding" section of the application form, please write ‘Global Research Scholarship’

You should upload the following documents with your application:

  • 1500-word research proposal*
  • A 2-page CV, including your academic achievements and any professional experience
  • Academic transcripts
  • 2 Academic reference letters
  • IELTS Academic (minimum overall band score of 6.5 or higher for Education, taken within 2 years prior to commencing PhD study) or equivalent, if English is not your first language

*The research proposal (not required for EdD applications) should be approximately 1500 words, covering:

  • your background
  • aims & objectives
  • summary of methods and timeline of research plus outputs and impact

References are not counted within the word count. For assistance with writing a research proposal please see our guide at The Graduate School.