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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Macqueen Scholarship

The closing date for this scholarship has now passed.

A generous donation from The Julie-Ann Macqueen Trust will fund a PhD Social Work scholarship for students whose research focuses on one-parent families.


One award covering tuition fees at the Home/EU fee rate, a maintenance stipend of £15,000 and a research grant of £750 is on offer to applicants for PhD Social Work in the School of Social and Political Science.

Awards are made for one year in the first instance and are renewable for up to a further two years (pro-rata for part-time students), subject to satisfactory academic progress.

Students liable to pay international fees may combine the Macqueen Scholarship with other Scholarships (such as the Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship), to cover all fee costs.

This award has been made possible by a generous donation from The Julie-Ann Macqueen Trust.  Ms Macqueen played a leading role in bringing the struggles of single-parent families to the attention of the public and policy and law-makers. 

Examples of suggested research projects

Lone parents, social security and social work

This topic would involve research on social security as it applies to lone parents.  The particular focus could concern the specific effects of social security policies on social work practices or users of social work services or it could be more concerned with the role of poverty and social security as the background environment in which social work operates.

Research could focus on recent changes to social security support, including but not restricted to, the introduction of Universal Credit, the ‘two child policy’, the ‘bedroom tax’, increasing work-related conditionality in benefits for lone parents or new developments in devolved Scottish social security benefits.  Research would be concerned specifically with the effects of these or other recent changes on lone parents.   Historical approaches to the development of social security for lone parents would also be welcomed. Research involving lone parent organisations would be particularly welcomed.

Parenting a child as a single parent – the journey of care-experienced young women

Young women who are care-experienced are more likely to become a parent at a younger age compared to their non-care experienced peers. While this can present challenges, both due to the factors that result in the need for State care, alongside being a younger parent, little is known about the day-to-experiences of such parents, especially when parenting singly, and the strategies for coping and support utilised.

This study would explore the experience of care-experienced single mothers, to better understand their networks of support, coping strategies and their views on the role of community services. It seeks to challenge stereotypes of this marginalised group, while also evidencing what makes a difference for both mother and child.


This award is available to students intending to commence PhD Social Work study in September 2019 on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Application Process and Deadline

Deadline for receipt of funding applications for 2019 entry is 5 February 2019.

Applicants must submit two separate applications by this deadline (further information about both is given below):

  • Macqueen Scholarship application
  • Application for admission to a PhD degree

Macqueen Scholarship application

Application to the Macqueen Scholarship is via the University's on-line scholarships application form located within the applicant hub. After submitting your application for your programme of study, you will receive a University Username (UUN) and access to MyEd where you can reach the scholarship application system. Instructions on the online awards/scholarship application system can be found here.

Please note the following:

  1. Once you have submitted your application for study (via the How to Apply page below) you can then submit your funding application(s), you must submit a separate application for each individual funding scheme you are applying to. Each funding application will ask for you to provide a personal statement.
  2. This form is also used for several other awards, including Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships, Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships, College Research Award, Alice Brown PhD Scholarship, Graduate School PhD Award, and the Chrystal Macmillan Studentship. Important - please ensure you check each scholarship deadline as they may differ. You must enter a separate funding application for each award you wish to be considered for.
  3. You do not need to wait to receive an offer to study before applying for a Macqueen Scholarship - but you must submit a complete application to study by the deadline or your PhD Award application will not be considered.
  4. The supporting documents submitted with your application to study (research proposal, academic transcripts and references etc.) will be used to assess your funding application.
  5. We cannot accept applications or additional information or supporting statements after the deadline.
  6. Note that applicants in receipt of conditional offers (including conditional on English language) are still eligible to apply for the Macqueen Scholarship.  Should they receive an award, but not meet the conditions of their offer, they would not be able to take up the award.

 Application for admission to a PhD research degree

You must submit a complete application for admission to a PhD research degree by the awards deadline.  Please note the following:

  1. The application to study is made via the University's on-line applications system EUCLID - you are encouraged to make this application two weeks prior to making your scholarship application but no later than 48 before the scholarship deadline to allow time for any technical difficulties.
  2. For further information on PhD study please see our PhD Programmes webpage.
  3. For further information on the application process, please see our How to Apply page.
  4. You must submit a full application by this deadline, including references, research proposal and all supporting documents. 
  5. References and research proposal for the application to study are also used for the awards application.


The School selection panel will meet in Spring 2019, and results will be communicated to candidates by email shortly thereafter.  Note that we also hold a reserve list; in the event that a successful candidate later declines their award (e.g. because they obtain different funding) the award will be offered to the top candidate on the reserve list. 

We are aiming to contact Macqueen Scholarship candidates to let them know the outcome of their application in early April. Due to the volume of applications we receive and the lengthy assessment and ranking process, we are unable to answer individual responses until then.

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