With the help of a scholarship, you can manage the cost of studying a full time degree in Scotland, while a bursary can provide you with financial support you need to complete your studies.

As the University for the Common Good, you will find Glasgow Caledonian University are committed to helping you make your journey through higher education in the most affordable way possible. Check out our tips for making scholarship applications and get in touch if you need any further help.

Bursaries and scholarships

Postgraduate Research Opportunities

27 PhD Studentships available for June and October 2017 entry. Self-funded projects also available.

Glasgow Caledonian University’s position as a world-class research institution has been reaffirmed by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results. We are now seeking PhD,  Professional Doctorate and PhD by Previous Published Works applications from highly qualified individuals across a full range of research discipline areas that fit with the university’s research excellence strategy.  We also offer a Master of Research structured programme for those wishing to develop their research skills before moving on to PhD study.

Research is at the heart of Glasgow Caledonian University’s mission as the University for the Common Good, enriching cities and communities. Our applied research focuses on three major societal challenges: building inclusive societies, creating healthy lives and developing sustainable environments.  At GCU, you will be part of a dynamic interdisciplinary research community, with research students and staff working together from around the world, addressing some of the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. 

You will have a strong supervisory team, be part of our award-winning Graduate School and be hosted in one of our Academic Schools and Research Centres. The start date for studentships is 1 October 2017, unless otherwise stated.

  • Application closing date for studentship projects – 10 April 2017*

* Please note this amended date supersedes any closing date displayed on the project documents

Glasgow School for Business and Society - Studentships

GCU London - Studentships

School of Engineering and Built Environment - Studentships

School of Health and Life Sciences - Studentships

Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health - Studentships

How to Apply

To apply for PhD study at Glasgow Caledonian University, you need a research application form and research proposal, downloads available below.

State the project title and reference number clearly on the application form and read through our guidance on writing a research proposal. The form and attached proposal should then be sent, along with copies of your academic qualifications (including IELTS if required), two references and any other relevant documentation, to

If you require further information about a project, please contact the staff member as detailed in the project summary.

If you are successfully shortlisted for a PhD, you will be contacted for interview.


GCU Loyalty Scholarship for Postgraduate Research study

GCU are please to offer Postgraduate Loyalty Scholarship all students to the value of 20% discount who are applying for Postgraduate Research studies

What you get 

A discount of 20% off Postgraduate Research tuition fees are available to students starting in 2017/18 who have received their undergraduate or postgraduate taught or research degree qualification from GCU (or one of our founding institutions).

Discounts of 20% apply to the privately funded part of the course fee for every year of study for the following student groups

  • Home
  • EU
  • Rest of Uk (England,Northern Ireland, Wales)
  • International

How to apply

Simply mention you are a GCU graduate when applying for your course and the discount will be deducted (after any third party funding has been deducted). The fee discount applies to taught/research masters programmes and PhD programmes both full-time and part-time.

Please note

  • CPD and short courses are not eligible for this discount
  • Qualifications gained through INTO do not qualify as an undergraduate qualification from GCU, in relation to this discount.
  • Where a student is eligible for both an Alumni Fee Discount and another Scholarship, the highest discount applies
  • Discounts cannot be backdated.

New to GCU Postgraduate Student Scholarship

New to GCU Scholarship (Postgraduate)

International students who study a full time course with Glasgow Caledonian University are eligible for up to £2,600 off their course tuition fees.

What you get

  • Postgraduate students receive £1,600 towards their first annual fees and £1,000 for each subsequent year of their degree. Up to £2,600 over 2 years.

Who can apply

The fee discounts are applicable to self-funded postgraduate international students only.

How to apply

You will automatically receive the fee discount when you are offered a place on your chosen course, and at the time of invoicing for each subsequent year of your degree if you meet the criteria above.

Activia Training Annual Scholarship Award

Activia are pleased to offer a £1,000 annual scholarship for college and university students in the UK. There is no specific course of study required, and you can use the money in whatever way that you feel benefits your studies the most.

There will be two scholarship awards of £500 each year, awarded in November and May as follows:

  • The video winner will receive £350
  • The essay format winner will receive £150

Furthermore, all entries adjudged to be of a suitable standard will be eligible for an “expenses award” as follows:

  • YouTube videos: £15
  • Blog articles: £10

Only one entry per student, per award period, is permitted.

Submissions received ON or BEFORE 31st October will be entered into the November award.
Submissions received ON or BEFORE 30th April will be entered into the May award.
Successful applicants will be contacted during the month of the award.


Submissions can be made in either video or essay format, and all the application details are available on our website at

Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD and split-site (PhD) study

Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD and split-site PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developed Commonwealth countries (Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, and New Zealand). These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), with the aim of supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.

You can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship for the following types of study:

  • PhD
  • Split-site (PhD), where the CSC supports one year’s study at a UK university as part of a PhD being undertaken in your home country

All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate the strongest potential for strategic impact.

Scholarships are tenable only at UK universities with which the CSC has a joint funding agreement. Joint funding agreements will be negotiated individually for selected candidates. You should make this clear to your chosen universities.


To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of or refugee in Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, or New Zealand, and be permanently resident in one of these countries
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2017
  • By October 2017, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • If you are applying for split-site (PhD) study, be registered for a PhD at a university in your home country

If you have already started your PhD study at a UK university, you are not eligible to apply for these scholarships.

Applications without any supporting statements from your proposed supervisors will be considered ineligible.

The CSC promotes equal opportunity, gender equity, and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates. The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner – for more information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy.

Terms and conditions

For full terms and conditions, see the Commonwealth Scholarships (developed Commonwealth countries) 2017 terms and conditions

Selection process

Each candidate’s application will be considered by the CSC’s selection committee in competition with other candidates.

Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Quality of the proposal
  • Potential of the candidate to lead in the pursuit of global excellence in research and knowledge

For further details, see Selection criteria for 2017 Commonwealth Scholarships (developed Commonwealth countries)

How to apply

You must make your application directly to the CSC using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS). Click here for full information on how to use the EAS, including detailed guides.

You are not required to apply via a nominating body for these scholarships.

All applications must be submitted by 23.59 (GMT) on 21 March 2017 at the latest.

You must provide the following supporting documentation to be received by the CSC by 23.59 (GMT) on 21 March 2017:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Unconditional offer(s) from your chosen university/universities (a conditional offer with only a financial condition is acceptable)
  • Proof that you are a citizen of a developed Commonwealth country: a copy of your passport or birth certificate

You must provide the following supporting documentation to be received by the CSC by 16.00 (BST) on 28 March 2017:

  • References from at least two individuals
  • If you are applying for PhD study, supporting statement from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one of the universities named on your application form
  • If you are applying for split-site (PhD) study, supporting statements from both your home and your prospective UK supervisors

If you do not provide these documents with your EAS application, you must send them in PDF format with your EAS number as the file name to – please include your EAS number in the subject line of the email. If you think that the CSC has not received any of these documents, you should resend them to this email address.

If any of these documentation is not provided by the dates specified above, your application will be considered ineligible. It is your responsibility to ensure that your referees and supervisor(s) have provided the necessary information either via the EAS or to the above email address by the stated deadlines.

How to use the EAS

Please note that the CSC does not charge candidates to apply for any of its scholarships or fellowships through its Electronic Application System (EAS), and it does not charge organisations to nominate candidates.


If you have an enquiry, please contact the CSC using the Contact us form.

Early Payment Discount

A 5% early payment discount if your tuition fees are over £5,000 will be applied on the condition that full fees are paid in full prior to first teaching date of the programme and all other Key Points below are taken into consideration.

Key points;

  • On the first year of entry for International fee paying students, a minimum deposit must be received by 1 August (for September intake) 1 December (for January intake) or 1 March (for May intake)Deposits are accepted from applicants holding both conditional and unconditional offers. 
  • Deposits cannot be refunded to students who did not meet the entry criteria or were unsuccessful in obtaining a visa. Please see fees and refund policy
  • Remaining tuition fees are paid in full before the first day of teaching.
  • The early payment discount is available for each subsequent year providing tuition fees are paid in full before the first day of teaching each year.
  • Discounts are subtracted from the cost of tuition after any scholarship has been applied.
  • Distance learning students will only be eligible for the 5% early payment discount if they pay the full cost of the course upfront.
  • Students who pay only one academic year of the programme will not be offered the discount.