School of Social and Political Science

Important Information and Recommendations



Eligibility for funding will be decided on a range of criteria and we encourage you to apply for those awards where you fit the criteria noted. Note that some scholarships may be tied to specific degrees or research areas, or restricted to applicants from specific countries or regions. Please do not apply for these awards if you do not fit the specific criteria.

Inevitably, there are many more applicants than scholarships, so they are awarded on a competitive basis. Assess whether you are likely to succeed.

Applying and and proof of evidence

Importantly, you should provide evidence of:

  • a high level of academically relevant achievement
  • a strong research proposal and supervisory fit
  • a tailored personal statement, where one is requested

We recommend you submit applications for those scholarships for which you are eligible and where you fit the criteria. This includes applicants to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) scholarships – you should also apply for other relevant advertised scholarships.

Research Proposals should be no more than 3 to 4 A4 pages (not including references) in 12pt Times Roman font. Detailed guidance can be found on the University's Postgraduate Study pages.

If the scholarship you are applying for does not require a Personal Statement, please write, 'Personal Statement not required for this scholarship' in the appropriate section of the scholarship application. The scholarship system generates this request automatically, however many of our awards do not require this.

Interviews may form part of the scholarship process and will be advised on individual scholarship pages.

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

Note that if you are awarded more than one scholarship, the Terms & Conditions of those scholarships will determine if you must rescind one offer or if you can retain both awards.

Important: Contacting Supervisors and Postgraduate Advisors

Before submitting applications for the PhD programme and for scholarships, you must identify and contact potential supervisors on the basis of their supervisory fit and expertise with your proposed research. Please advise you wish to study with them and that you are applying for scholarships. Securing agreement in principle of their supervision is required for scholarship applications and your proactiveness strengthens your submission.

For specialised guidance on submitting a competitive scholarship application, we strongly recommend you contact the Postgraduate Advisor for your Subject Area as soon as possible. You should advise which scholarships you intend to apply for and send your draft research proposal. The Postgraduate Advisor (PGA) will then contact you with guidance at their soonest opportunity.

Note that you must not rely on receiving information from the PGA before submitting your application. If you have not had a response before the deadline, you are responsible for submitting your application before the scholarship application system closes. Late applications cannot be accepted.

Frequently asked questions - applying for scholarships in the MyEd portal

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