School of Social and Political Science

Macqueen Scholarship


Application deadline

The scholarship application system is closed.

Information on scholarship availability and application opening and closing dates will be advised.

Applicants must submit two separate applications by this deadline:

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

We cannot accept applications or additional information or documents after the deadline.

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 your chosen PhD degree programme
  2. Apply for your chosen 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 awards application.

You do not need to wait to receive an offer to study before applying for the Macqueen Scholarship PhD Award - but you must submit a complete application to study by the deadline or your PhD Award 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(s). You must submit a separate application for each individual funding scheme you are applying to.

Applying for the Macqueen scholarship

Application to the Macqueen Scholarship PhD Award 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

Each funding application will ask you to provide a personal statement. 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.

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 and, as part of the shortlisting process, an external representative will be reviewing submitted applications.

Conditional offers

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

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 scholarship as a Postgraduate applicant

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, 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 are aiming to contact Macqueen Scholarship PhD Award candidates to let them know the outcome of their application in May.

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.

The Macqueen award value

One award covering:

  • tuition fees for a PhD (UK, EU or Overseas level)
  • a maintenance stipend of £15,500
  • 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

Lone parents who are refugees and asylum-seekers 

Factors including the dangers and expense of migration mean that families of forced migrants are often separated, sometimes permanently. Research on this topic could assess the challenges faced by lone parents in navigating the asylum system, accessing rights, and securing long-term integration in Scotland or elsewhere.

The focus of the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme on resettling women and children may, for example, provide a case study through which to explore these questions, and to assess the role that social work practitioners and refugee service provider organisations have played in facilitating this transition.

Research may also, however, explore how lone parents with long-distance partners and family members respond to the various stresses this creates, not least financially and psychologically or how lone parents who are reunited with a partner, spouse or children after long-term separation adjust to this experience. 

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.

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