Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS)

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GCU is a partner University to the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS). SGSSS gathers 16 Scottish universities into a partnership, offering every university various training, funding and study opportunities aimed specifically at the postgraduate research (PhD) level. The SGSSS is funded jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Scottish Funding Council.

Opportunities at SGSSS

SGSSS offer students access to research expertise in disciplines across social sciences and opportunities for internships and summer school courses.


Training and internship opportunities


GCU Internal Process

If you wish to submit your application to any of the SGSSS Open Competitions, you should consult the GCU Internal Process document first to get familiar with the various stages of the application as well as how our colleagues can support you.


Most training opportunities will require a GradHub account. We encourage you to visit GradHub to register and access funding opportunities, training, events, internships and many more.


Social is a community driven platform that aims to facilitate and encourage communication, collaboration, and cohort building among social science researchers in Scotland. Check out Social to create your account and get connected.

SGSSS Virtual Roadshow

This video playlist is an overview of the main areas of SGSSS and cover content such as ESRC-funded studentships, postdoctoral fellowships, advanced training sessions and many other.


We have a team at GCU here to support you, feel free to email the contacts below to find out more.