Scholarships & funding opportunities

Mac Robertson Postgraduate Travel Scholarship

The University of Strathclyde and the University of Glasgow jointly offer the Mac Robertson Postgraduate Travel Scholarship to provide funding for postgraduate research students who are currently fully registered at the University of Strathclyde or University of Glasgow to undertake a course of study lasting between 2 months and 1 year at a centre of advanced study preferably, although not necessarily, out with the UK. The aim of the funding is to enrich and further the award-holder's academic experience and research achievements.

  • Number of scholarships Up to 3
  • Value Up to £4000
  • Opens 18 February 2020
  • Deadline 1 May 2020
  • Help with Study abroad costs
  • Duration 2-12 months


The Mac Robertson Travel Scholarship is open to all current registered postgraduate research students (PhD, MRes, MPhil, MSc by Research or similar) at the University of Strathclyde and the University of Glasgow.

The Scholarship is open to students from all academic disciplines.

Travel will not be funded within 6 months of starting or within 6 months prior to the applicant’s expected thesis submission date, with the exception of students completing a 1 year Masters degree.

Students who have already submitted or will have submitted before or during the planned travel are ineligible to apply.

Minimum length of trip is 2 months, with a maximum stay of 12 months.

Applicants to the Mac Robertson Travel Scholarship should show how their research is relevant to both the University of Glasgow and Strathclyde University and how it may contribute to further collaborative research between these two universities. It should be made clear in your application how the intended trip will be additional to and not essential to the completion of the applicant's research degree.

Applicants must meet all of the relevant conditions outlined above.

Further Information

The scholarship will be valid for travel up to 1 year from the date of the Selection Panel meeting in May 2020 for travel commencing between 1 June 2020 and 31 May 2021, unless otherwise agreed. Placements that are already underway will not be funded.

The scholarship is designed to contribute towards placement expenses and may not cover all expenses incurred. Award holders will be expected to show how they will cover the cost of any shortfall before funds are released.

The scholarship will comprise of a contribution towards:

  • Accommodation
  • Travel expenses
  • Visa expenses
  • Local travel during research trip
  • Subsistence
  • Tuition fees during research trip
  • Other expenses as approved by the selection committee

The Mac Robertson Postgraduate Travel Scholarship does not cover:

  • conference attendance (although you may attend relevant conferences during your stay)
  • tuition fees or routine living expenses (other than those incurred on placement) 
  • students returning to their home country for their placement, unless clear evidence is provided to show that the placement would add significantly to their technical expertise (for example, because the home country leads study in the field)
  • equipment purchase
  • travel insurance (you can access this via the University free of charge)

The value of the scholarships can vary and the number and value of the awards allocated each year will be at the discretion of the selection committee. The amount available shown above is for guidance only. The costings submitted by applicants will be closely scrutinised and any award made may vary from the amount applied for.

Contact us

All queries about the Mac Robertson Travel Scholarship should be directed to the University of Glasgow's PGR Service -