Scholarships & funding opportunities

MRes/MPhil Interdisciplinary Excellence Awards 2022-23

These master's-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)'s Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland, the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH).

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 provides the Home postgraduate research student fee for 1 year (Full-time) or 2 years (Part-time).

International candidates are welcome to apply but they must be able to demonstrate that they can fund the difference between the Home fee and the International fee (approximately £11,000 for 2022/23 entry).

Students undertaking an MRes must start their studies on 1st October 2022. This start date cannot be deferred.

  • Number of scholarships 4
  • Value Home Fee Waiver
  • Opens 1 April 2022
  • Deadline 6 June 2022
  • Help with Tuition fees
  • Duration 1 Year (Full Time) or 2 Years (Part Time)


To be eligible for an MRes/MPhil Excellence Award, a student should hold a First Class undergraduate degree (or equivalent).

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

For student-led awards, a primary supervisor should be named on the application. Therefore, students are advised to consult with prospective supervisors before applying

For supervisor-led awards, a student who already holds a First Class degree may be attached to the project at the point of application.

Further Information

Here is an example of awards available. The full list can be found on the HaSS Graduate School page.

  • MPhil Applied Linguistics
  • MRes Creative Writing
  • MPhil Education
  • MRes English
  • MRes French
  • MRes History
  • MRes Italian
  • MRes Journalism
  • MPhil Law
  • MRes Physical Activity for Health
  • MPhil Politics
  • MPhil Psychology
  • MPhil Social Policy
  • MPhil Social Work
  • MPhil Speech and Language Therapy


How to apply

The purpose of these awards it to strengthen the University’s PGR portfolio by encouraging MRes/MPhil students to transition to PhD or EdD, so in writing their recommendations for students, Supervisors should be mindful of how suitable they and their research interests are for future doctoral study.

Please download and complete the application form (Student-led or Supervisor-led) below and return it as a PDF document by email to with the following subject line: MRes/MPhil Interdisciplinary Excellence Awards.

Deadline for Applications: 12 noon, Monday, 6 June 2022.


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