University of Glasgow James McCune Smith PhD Scholarships fund for Black UK Domiciled Students
The James McCune Smith Scholarships fund Black UK domiciled students to undertake PhD research at the University in any research area in which we can offer supervision. They 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.
Am I eligible?
To apply, you must be a UK domiciled 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). Applying does not prevent you from applying for other schemes to obtain a funded place.
HOW TO APPLY – University of Glasgow James McCune Smith PhD Scholarships fund for Black UK Domiciled Students
There are 10 James McCune Smith PhD Scholarships available to begin research in October 2023. Eight of these are funded by the University of Glasgow and support research in any discipline. Two are funded by GSK and support research in areas of interest to GSK Medicinal Chemistry.
How to Apply
- Look at the research interests of staff at the University of Glasgow so that you can suggest a research area and a supervisor. If you can’t find a supervisor we are happy to help you.
- Submit a completed Expression of Interest form so that we can assist you in your application.
- Follow the application process, beginning with contacting potential supervisors. When contacting a potential supervisor, be sure to state that you wish to apply for a James McCune Smith Scholarship as one of the options for funding. The topic of research for a James McCune Smith Scholarship is decided by the applicant in conjunction with their potential supervisor.
- Submit your personal statement via our Scholarship Portal. The personal statement should be up to 500 words on your research interest and why you wish to be a James McCune Smith Scholar.
- You also need to submit an application on the University’s MyCampus system. Please name the James McCune Smith Scholarship as one of the funding options under Finance in the online full application. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2023 but earlier submission is encouraged.
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: [email protected]
GSK Medicinal Chemistry is funding two James McCune Smith Scholarships in areas of interest to them. Their interests include areas of organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry. The placement will be a minimum of six months, but may be as long as 12 months at GSK’s discretion. A GSK-representative will be on the panel that considers these applications.
Applicants should identify whether they wish to be considered for the GSK-funded scholarships. The topic of research for any James McCune Smith Scholarship is decided by the applicant in conjunction with their potential supervisor. However, if a topic is not in an area of interest to GSK Medicinal Chemistry, then the application will only be considered for a James McCune Smith Scholarship funded by the University of Glasgow. Potential supervisors may wish to contact [email protected] to confirm eligibility of the topic for GSK-funding before the full online application is submitted.
|2 November 2022||13.00||Applicant information session (University-wide)|
|24 November 2022||13.00||Applicant information session (College-specific)|
|8 December 2022||16.00||Applicant information session (University-wide)|
|15 December 2022||10.00||Application information session (College-specific)|
|7 January 2023||TBC||Drop-in session for applicants to ask application questions|
|31 January 2023||Application deadline|
|10 March 2023||Candidates invited to interview/unsuccessful candidates to be notified|
|20-24 March 2023||Interviews held during this week|
|27 March 2023||Successful candidates to be notified.|
All applicant information sessions will be held online.