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.

Sir Alex Ferguson Travel Bursary

The Sir Alex Ferguson Scholarship and Awards Fund was established in September 2015 to support deserving students at GCU through a combination of annual access scholarships, awards, and mobility/Travel funding.

Annual Travel Bursary awards enable students to experience life-changing opportunities, including work placements, charity work and public service commitments overseas.

What you get

Up to £1000.00 towards the cost of future travel

Who can apply

All Home/RUK undergraduate and postgraduate students who are looking to travel from May 2017 onwards through to December 2017. 

How to apply

Applications are now closed and will reopen in September 2017

If you would like more information please contact on +44 141 331 8770.

*** applications will not be considered if it is for previous travel costs.

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

Santander Travel Bursary

Santander Universities Mobility Scholarships of up to £1000 are available for GCU staff and both undergraduate and postgraduate students already studying at GCU.

This scholarship could fund spending a period of time, a semester or a study visit at another university within the Santander network. Alternatively it could be for a work related research project with a commercial partner or for GCU staff the scholarship can be used to enhance collaborative working within the Santander University network or attending work related conferences developing the awareness of GCU.

What do you get  

 £1,000 towards fees

Who can apply 

GCU staff

All undergraduate and postgraduate/ PhD students.


Applicants applying for this scholarship must be travelling to one of the following countries or to one of the Universites in the Santander Network;

  • Argentina
  • Belgium, Brazil
  • Chile, China
  • Colombia
  • Germany, Ghana
  • Mexico
  • Peru, Poland, Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Singapore, Spain
  • Venezuela
  • United Arab Emirates, UK, Uruguay and the USA.


How to apply 

Applications are now closed and will reopen in September 2017

If you have any questions please contact Andrea Butler or call 0141 331 8770 

Saltire Scholarship

The scholarship is now closed and results will be out by 28th July 2017


Glasgow Caledonian University are pleased to offer The Saltire scholarship in conjunction with the Scottish Government for September 2017 start students who meet the criteria below

What to you get

The Saltire scholarship is a total of £4,000 (British pounds) towards the cost of tuition fees for the 1st year of study only. The scholarship will replace any scholarship that has already been offered by the University.

Who can apply

 This scholarship opportunity is open to citizens from USA, Canada,China India, Pakistan. Priority will be given to students studying programmes in the following sectors:

  • Creative industries
  • Life sciences
  • Technology
  • Financial services
  • Renewable and clean energy

Awards are available for 1 year’s full time study. Courses can be Undergraduate, Masters or PhD programmes.

Students wishing to apply for this scholarship will have to have already received either a Conditional or Unconditional offer from Glasgow Caledonian University for September 2017. Any additional costs, such as the remainder of the tuition fee and living expenses are the responsibility of the student. The scholarships are not available to students who have already completed their undergraduate studies at an institution in Scotland. The course must be full time and delivered in Scotland and not online or by distance learning.

How to apply

Click here to  apply

Deadline: Friday 12 May 2017

for more information visit the website 

Details of how to apply for a GCU programme can be found here.

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.