School of Social and Political Science

School of Social and Political Science PhD Scholarship


The scholarship application system is now closed.

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


Application deadline

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

  • Application for admission to a PhD degree
  • School of Social and Political Science PhD Scholarship application

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

School of Social and Political Science (SPS) PhD 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

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 for a PhD programme. 

The application to study is made via the University's online applications system EUCLID.

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.

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.

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

Please note that the 'SPS PhD Scholarship' application is extremely competitive, and every year demand far outstrips supply. 

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 'SPS PhD Scholarship'

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.

Application to the 'SPS PhD Scholarship' is via the University's online 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.

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 the 'SPS PhD Scholarship' are extremely competitive, and every year demand far outstrips supply. 

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.

Personal statement

Personal statements are not required for this scholarship.

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

If you are in receipt of conditional offer (including conditional on English language), you are still eligible to apply for the 'SPS 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

Value of awards

'SPS PhD Scholarship':

  • pays tuition fees (UK, EU or Overseas fee level)
  • a stipend of £15,500

PhD students in the School of Social and Political Science can apply to the PhD Research Support Fund for help with fieldwork and other research-related costs throughout their period of study, providing they meet the eligibility criteria.

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. 


Please note these scholarships are only for PhD study, not for MSc by Research study.

These awards are available both to students intending to commence PhD study in the next academic year and to students currently in Year 1 (full-time equivalent) of their PhD in the School (if successful this will be a 2 year award, full-time equivalent).

These awards are available to all areas of research within the School of Social and Political Science.

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.

Please ensure you read the self-assessment section to ensure you meet all the criteria as the application process is very competitive.

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 Programmes 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, 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 'SPS PhD 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.

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.

Current Year 1 SPS PhD Students

Year 1 full-time PhD students already at the School of Social and Political Science would, if successful, receive two years' funding to the end of the prescribed period of Study.

Part-time PhD students would receive the pro-rata amount to the end of their prescribed period of Study.

Application is via your MyEd account. The scholarship application section for current students is via the MyEd 'Student Self-Service' channel.

Details on how to find the scholarship section can be found on the Student Systems website.

Applying for a scholarship through MyEd

Academic references

The default position is that we will look at the two references and your original research proposal provided on your EUCLID application for PhD study.

However, we would recommend that current Year 1 (full-time equivalent) students request assistance from their supervisors, who can comment on your progress to date, to provide updated references (maximum of 2 new references). 

These can be emailed to the PGR Support team by either yourself or your referee. Guidance for referees can be found in our request for an academic or non-academic reference document.

We also strongly advise that you update your research proposal (3-4 pages).  These should be emailed (from your University account) to the PGR Support team ( by the funding application deadline.

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