School of Social and Political Science

Chrystal Macmillan PhD Studentship


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About the Chrystal Macmillan PhD Studentship

The Chrystal Macmillan PhD Studentship is offered by the School of Social and Political Science to a new PhD student studying a field relevant to Chrystal Macmillan.

This is open to applicants working in the fields of:

  • social justice
  • gender and equality
  • human rights
  • peace and conflict resolution

The award is open to new PhD students for 2021/22 entry.

Chrystal Macmillan

Chrystal Macmillan was a pioneering campaigner for social justice. In 1896, she was the first woman to graduate from the University of Edinburgh in science, later converting to law, and becoming one of the first group of women to be called to the English bar in 1924.

She was a leading suffragist, campaigning for votes for women and equality of opportunity in other spheres. She was a prominent figure in the international women's movement, campaigning for peace and conflict resolution during the First World War, and was a delegate to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.

We have recognised these achievements by naming our School's building the Chrystal Macmillan Building and by establishing a PhD studentship in her name.


Application deadline

The scholarship application system will open by 19 December.

The closing date for this scholarship is Thursday 4 February 2021 at 23:59 GMT.

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

  • Application for admission to a PhD degree
  • Application for Chrystal Macmillan PhD Studentship

We cannot accept applications or additional information or supporting statements after the deadline.

Chrystal Macmillan PhD Studentship application process

The scholarship award application process involves two main applications:

  • Apply for your chosen PhD degree programme
  • Apply for the Chrystal Macmillan PhD Studentship

Application for admission to a PhD degree

Please note: you will only be able to apply for a scholarship after you have submitted an application to study.

The application to study must be submitted at least five working days prior to the scholarship application deadline. This allows your University Username (UUN eg s1234567) to be activated in time for you to submit your scholarship application before its deadline.

The application to study is made via the University's on-line applications system EUCLID. 

You do not need to wait to receive an offer to study before applying for a Chrystal Macmillan Studentship - but you must submit a complete application to study by the deadline or your Chrystal Macmillan application will not be considered.

You must submit a full application by the scholarship deadline, including:

  • references
  • research proposal
  • all supporting documents

References and research proposal for the application to study are also used for the awards application.

For further information on PhD study please see our PhD Programmes webpage.

For further information on the application process, please see our how to apply page.

Application for the Crystal Macmillan PhD Studentship

Once you have submitted your application for study you can then submit your funding application(s). You must submit a separate application for each individual funding scheme you are applying to.

You do not need to wait to receive an offer to study before applying for a Chrystal Macmillan Studentship, but you must submit a complete application to study by the deadline or your Chrystal Macmillan application will not be considered.

Application to the Chrystal Macmillan Studentship is via the University's on-line scholarships application form located within the EUCLID 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.

Please note that applications for the Chrystal Macmillan Studentship are extremely competitive, and every year demand far outstrips supply. 

Supporting documents

The supporting documents submitted with your application to study (research proposal, academic transcripts and references etc.) will be used to assess your funding application.

If the scholarship system requests a Personal Statement, please note you do not need to provide one for this scholarship. Please write, 'Personal Statement not required for this scholarship' in the appropriate section of the scholarship application.

Conditional offers

Note that applicants in receipt of conditional offers (including conditional on English language) are still eligible to apply for the Chrystal Macmillan Studentship. 

Should you receive an award, but not meet the conditions of your offer, you would not be able to take up the award.

Help and support

Our self-assessment page, provides helpful information about the factors that help make a successful application.

Information on the Student Systems website may help you with guidance on the scholarship application system.

Applying for a postgraduate scholarship

Technical support and guidance

You can also view our applying for scholarships frequently asked questions: 

Frequently asked questions - applying for scholarships in the MyEd portal

Value of award

This studentship covers:

  • University tuition fees (UK, EU or Overseas level)
  • a stipend of £15,500 for a maximum of three years (pro-rata for part-time students)

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. 

One award is available for 2021/22.


This Studentship is available only to students intending to commence PhD study in September 2021 and who are pursuing a PhD topic in one of the following fields: 

  • social justice
  • gender and equality
  • human rights
  • peace and conflict resolution

Please note this award is only for PhD study, not for MSc by Research.

When making decisions, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • the applicant's academic achievements
  • research proposal
  • research potential
  • any publications made
  • any relevant non-academic experience
  • the degree of support provided by references

Financial status and nationality are not taken into account.

Other funding opportunities

This funding form is also used for several other awards, including:

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

Assessment process and results

Stage one

Postgraduate Advisors and supporting Subject Area academics assess all scholarship applications for their Subject Areas.

Scholarship applicants are then ranked and the top candidates are put forward to the next stage.

Stage two

A panel of assessors, comprising the Postgraduate Research Director and two senior School academics, assess all ranked scholarship applicants and rank them individually.

The ranks are then collated and agreement on awards, reserves, and unsuccessful applicants are documented and actioned.

Assessors will use the SGSSS Marking Framework for their ranking process in both stages.

The School selection panel will meet in Spring 2021, 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, for example because they obtain different funding. In this case, the award will be offered to the top candidate on the reserve list. 

We are aiming to contact Chrystal Macmillan Studentship 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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