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 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 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 Around 3
  • Value Up to £4000
  • Opens 1 March 2022
  • Deadline 29 April 2022
  • 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


  1. To provide funding for postgraduate research students to undertake a research placement, usually out with the UK at a recognised research institution.
  2. To provide funding to high quality students who have already shown academic distinction that will enrich and further their academic experience and research achievements.
  3. To foster collaborative links with other research institutions.
  4. To introduce new skills to the University.

The Award

The scholarship will be valid for travel up to 1 year from the date of the Selection Panel meeting in May 2022 for travel commencing between 1 June 2022 and 31 May 2023, 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 Mac Robertson Postgraduate Travel 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.

Terms of the Award

  1. Each awardee will be required to enter into a contract with the University of Glasgow.
  2. Funds will usually be made available in instalments in line with a schedule agreed with the University of Glagow PGR Service.
  3. Funds will only be released on confirmation from the relevant supervisor/Department/Graduate School that the student's progress is satisfactory.
  4. If a candidate withdraws from study within 2 months of their return without good cause, the funds allocated may be required to be repaid to the scholarship fund.
  5. Each awardee will be required to submit a report to the University within 1 month of their return. Further guidance on writing the report will be made available to successful applicants.
  6. It is the responsibility of the student to manage their expenditure according to the allowance allocated. The scholarship award amount will not be increased to cover unexpected expenses incurred by the student whilst on placement.
  7. if awardees are successful in other funding applications that will cover the same cost elements only 1 scholarship may be accepted.

Contact us

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

How to apply

Applications should be completed using the online application form on the University of Glasgow application portal.

Letters or emails confirming your place at the host institution should be submitted to as a single combined PDF document using the email subject line "Postgraduate Travel Scholarships <First Name Surname>, <Application Reference>".

The deadline to submit the application form and letter/ email confirming your place at the host institution is 12.00pm, Friday 29th April 2022.

You should receive your Application Reference when you submit your application on the University of Glasgow application portal. Please note that you will be asked to provide the details (including the university email address) of your supervisor. When an application is submitted, the nominated supervisor will receive an e-mail request to provide a Supervisor Statement of Support. Your application will not be considered by the selection committee without the Supervisor Statement of Support.

All applicants will be notified as to the outcome of their application shortly after the selection committee has been held during May 2022.

Helpful links:

Online Application Form 2022

Mac Robertson Postgraduate Travel Scholarship website (University of Glasgow)

Mac Robertson PGR Travel Scholarships - Information for Applicants 2022 (.pdf)


Application Deadline: 5pm, Friday 29 April 2022

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