School of Social and Political Science

Macqueen Scholarship


Application deadline

The scholarship application system is now open and closes at 23:59 GMT on Thursday 31st March 2022.

Applicants must submit two separate applications by this deadline:

  • Application for admission to the PhD in Social Work degree in the School of Social and Political Science (must be submitted at least 10 working days before the scholarship deadline)
  • Macqueen PhD Scholarship application

Updated or additional documents or information for your PhD programme application cannot be accepted after you have received an offer for the programme.

Updated or additional documents or information for your scholarship application cannot be accepted after you have submitted your scholarship application.

Late applications cannot be accepted.

Macqueen Scholarship application process

Ensure you visit the Important Information and Recommendations section before you apply.

The scholarship award application process involves two main applications:

  1. Apply for PhD in Social Work degree
  2. Apply for your Macqueen PhD Scholarship

Applying for the PhD Social Work

You will only be able to apply for a scholarship after you have submitted an application to study for the PhD in Social Work programme. 

You must submit a complete application for admission to the PhD in Social Work research degree by the awards deadline. For further information on the application process, please see our how to apply page.

The application to study is made via the University's online applications system EUCLID. The application to study must be submitted at least 10 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.

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

  • references
  • research proposal
  • all supporting documents

References and research proposal for the application to study are also used for the scholarship application and will be automatically pulled through to the scholarship system.

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

Once you have submitted your application for study on the PhD Social Work programme, you can then submit your funding application. Note that if you are also applying for other scholarships, you must submit a separate application for each individual funding scheme you are applying to.

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.

Applying for the Macqueen PhD Scholarship

Once you have submitted your application for study, you can then submit your Macqueen PhD Scholarship funding application.

Application to the Macqueen PhD Scholarship is via the University's online scholarships application form located within the EUCLID applicant hub.

After submitting your application for the PhD Social Work programme, 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 on the Student Systems webpage.

Before applying, please read the self-assessment page, which provides helpful information about the factors that help make a successful application. Please note that applications for scholarships are extremely competitive.

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. Please also note that all material will be reviewed and assessed digitally.

Research proposal

We recommend you follow the guidance on writing research proposals.

Personal statement

The scholarship application system will ask you to provide a personal statement (up to 500 words/3500 characters including spaces).

In your scholarship application, please tailor your personal statement to include why you wish to study at this School and why you are a desirable candidate for this particular scholarship. We are interested in you as a whole person, not just academically. Please also tell us about your preparedness to undertake and complete a PhD and to flourish as a result of PhD funding, and how you will contribute to a positive and diverse PhD community within the School. This could include diversity of identity, experience, or viewpoint. You may also wish to include any experience of overcoming adversity.

Conditional offers

If you are in receipt of conditional offer (including conditional on English language), you are still eligible to apply for the Macqueen PhD Scholarship. 

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

Help and guidance

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

Assessment process and results

Postgraduate Advisors and supporting Subject Area academics assess all scholarship applications. Scholarship applicants are then ranked and the top candidates are put forward to the next stage.

The Macqueen selection panel will meet to assess the shortlisted candidates in Spring 2022, 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. 

Please note that as part of the selection process an external representative will be reviewing your application.

We aim to contact Macqueen PhD Scholarship candidates to let them know the outcome of their application in May 2022.

The Macqueen award value

One award covering:

  • tuition fees for a PhD in Social Work (UK, EU or Overseas level)
  • a maintenance stipend of £15,700
  • a £750 annual research grant

The award is made for 3 years for full time students or 6 years pro-rata for part-time students.

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. 

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

Examples of suggested research projects and contacting supervisors

Potential applicants are advised to look at the profiles of staff within the social work subject area and to make an initial approach to a staff member about their proposed research project. Recent Macqueen awards include:

  • Lone refugee women and integration in Scotland: Exploring how refugees build long-lasting bonds in Glasgow
  • Encouraging parental separation in response to domestic abuse: An exploration of the place of ethics in local authority social worker's practice when asking mothers to become lone parents as a safety strategy in response to domestic abuse
  • Parenting Alone: The journey of care-experienced young women
  • Communities of Resistance? The Impact of and Responses to Post-2010 Austerity on Lone Parent Families in North Edinburgh

Below are examples of possible projects that might be of interest:

Lone parents, friendship and social support

Lone parents with strong social networks, trusted friends and links to community support usually find lone parenthood less stressful.

This project would work with lone parents to explore the importance of friendship and social support in the lives of lone parents on limited incomes.

It would also explore how local community services might better support lone parents to develop their social supports and trusted friendships. 

Lone motherhood, mental health and social work

The additional pressures that can arise from being a lone mother and the interrelationship between this and lone mothers’ mental health is an area in need of further exploration. In addition, there are questions about the mental health of lone mothers who are in contact with social work services and how these experiences interact.

This project will employ a participatory action research approach to investigate these areas of interest. It will engage with lone mothers who are in contact with social work services and support them to articulate their experiences of mental health, how these relate to and intersect with the lone mother role, and how they are impacted by the experience of social work. 

It will also engage social workers to explore their understanding of the interrelationship between lone motherhood and mental health, and the skills they need to support lone mothers in this area.

The project will co-produce knowledge with research participants to enhance their awareness of the issues at play and to identify potential supports and better ways of working. It will also develop knowledge exchange activity to disseminate the finding more widely.

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.

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

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