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James McCune Smith PhD Scholarships at the University of Glasgow – Funded by GSK

James McCune Smith PhD Scholarships at the University of Glasgow – Funded by GSK

PhD Study in Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry

The James McCune Smith PhD Scholarships will fund UK students of black origin to undertake PhD research at the University of Glasgow. They will provide an enhanced experience through external mentors, placements, leadership training, community-building activities and networking opportunities. The Scholarships are named after James McCune Smith, who graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1837 as the first African American to receive a medical degree. They can be undertaken in any discipline.

GSK Medicinal Chemistry is funding two James McCune Smith Scholarships in organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry.

Key Features:

  • Funding covers stipend and fees for 4 years
  • 6-12 month placement with GSK
  • Mentorship from outside academia to provide a broader perspective and network, in addition to the usual academic supervisors
  • Leadership training and community building activities
  • Support for conferences and other networking opportunities

About GSK

GSK is a global healthcare company which is driving scientific innovation to deliver the next generation of transformational medicines and vaccines for patients.

They have a broad commitment to inclusion and diversity which includes ambitious targets to increase representation and inclusion across all the different groups of people across their workforce. They consider it vital to accelerate their progress to ensure ethnically diverse representation in senior roles. Therefore they consider support for the new James McCune Smith Scholarships an important part of their commitment to the next generation of scientists and research leaders.

Who can apply?

A candidate must be a UK domicile Black African, Black Caribbean, Black Other, Mixed White and Black Caribbean, Mixed White and Black African, or other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other). The University is seeking to address under-representation by these groups in our PhD programmes.

How to apply

The Scholarships are available to begin research in October 2022.

For information on how to apply see:

We are keen to support you through the application process and to help you navigate this. If you need any assistance at all then please email:

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