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PhD Student Excellence Awards 2023/24 (SEA)

  Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

 Friday, March 31, 2023
 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences is pleased to invite applications from excellent students with original research proposals for the University of Strathclyde Student Excellence Awards for commencing study on 1 October 2023. These awards will cover student fees (at UK rates) and a stipend in line with UK Research Council rates.


You must have, or be expected to obtain, a first-class honours degree and a master’s degree with distinction/merit.

Candidates from outside the UK will be considered but will be required to pay the difference between the Home and EU/International fee.

Project details

We are able to offer seven awards across the following subject areas:

  • Humanities
  • English
  • Journalism, Media, and Communication
  • Gender Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • History
  • Law
  • Psychological Sciences & Health
  • Counselling
  • Physical Activity for Health
  • Psychology
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Social Work & Social Policy
  • Criminology
  • Public Health and Health Policy
  • Social Work
  • Social Policy
  • Education
  • Politics

Further information

These awards are highly competitive for a limited number of places. The selection panel will view all complete applications submitted by the closing date. Please ensure you have followed all the steps under 'how to apply' and meet the eligibility criteria.

The selection panel will meet in April, although final results may not be announced until May 2023 in line with the AHRC and ESRC scholarship competitions.

The start date will be 1 October 2023.


From the Graduate School website, you can navigate to your subject area and from there you will see the supervisors and their areas of expertise. It is strongly advised that you should make contact with a potential supervisor before you complete the online application and/or contact the relevant Postgraduate Research Director.


Find your chosen subject within our Graduate School, and from there you'll see our supervisors and their areas of expertise.

You must make contact with a potential supervisor, or the relevant PGR Director before you complete the online application as you must have a conditional offer of study before the closing date.

Find your relevant apply button below. When completing your application, please input the following:

  • in the "Programme Name", please select the appropriate PhD study area.
  • on the "Funding" section of the application form, please write 'SEA Studentship’. 

You should upload the following documents with your application:

  1. 1500-word research proposal
  2. A 2-page CV, including your academic achievements and any professional experience.
  3. Academic transcripts
  4. 2 Academic reference letters
  5. IELTS Academic (minimum overall band score of 6.5 or higher for Education, taken within 2 years prior to commencing PhD study) or equivalent, if English is not your first language

Number of places: 7

To read how we process personal data, applicants can review our 'Privacy Notice for Student Applicants and Potential Applicants' on our Privacy notices' web page.

Contact us

For more information, contact the PGR Director in the relevant academic school.

School of Humanities

For English/ Journalism, Media and Communication/ Gender Studies, or Creative Writing please contact:

For History/ Modern Languages, please contact:

School of Law

School of Psychological Sciences and Health

School of Social Work & Social Policy

School of Education

School of Government and Public Policy

Graduate School

Funding Notes

Tuition fee at the home level; stipend at the UKRI rate
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