Scholarships and Student Funding

The William R McFarlane Scholarship

One scholarship will be awarded to the best full-time applicant who meets the criteria below and is accepted onto a PhD in History commencing in the academic year 2016-2017. The value of the award is £18,000 per year for the duration of the recipient's PhD degree programme (usually three years subject to satisfactory progress).

Applications for the scholarship are invited from candidates engaged in the history of Scottish migration or related diaspora themes. Although Scottish history is a core concern, the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies (SCDS) has broad transnational interests and welcomes projects relating to other nations which put the Scottish example in a comparative perspective.

The total value of the award is £18,000 per year for the duration of the recipient’s PhD programme (usually three years subject to satisfactory progress). The Scholarship will cover the UK/EU rate of tuition fees with the remaining funds being paid as a stipend.  Successful overseas applicants remain liable for the difference between the Home/EU and overseas fee rate of tuition fee.

Criteria

Applicants for these awards must:

  • have submitted a complete application for study in EUCLID by 4th January 2016.
  • hold a UK first class honours undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant field
  • demonstrate an equally high standard of academic performance in a postgraduate master’s degree in a relevant field, or be on course to do so

Applications for the scholarship must also demonstrate the relevance of their topic to the history of Scottish migration or any related diaspora theme and are not bound by geography or chronology. The SCDS has broad transnational interests and current projects are focused on issues surrounding Memory and Identities (including military Scottishness; Welshness in England; a comparison between the Irish diasporas in Melbourne and Chicago; and mapping memories of slavery) and Diasporas in the Early Modern Atlantic World (including Scots, Dutch, Jews, and enslaved Africans) but applicants are not confined to these topics. All high quality proposals relating to migration or diaspora studies in any period from medieval to recent times will be considered.

Successful applicants will become members of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies which has a lively and supportive postgraduate community. They will be expected to participate in the Centre’s activities including the graduate workshop in Diaspora Studies.

Informal enquiries about the awards can be made to Dr Nuala Zahedieh

Applying

This scholarship is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic session.

Notification

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application as soon as possible after the deadline.