Please carefully read the instructions below before submitting your application. 

Please note that the UKRI (funding body) regulations state the following: “Normally to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship”. In addition, “Students from EU countries other than the UK [that have not been resident in the UK for at least 3 years] are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU”.  It may be possible for alternative arrangements to be made in exceptional cases.

Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a degree  in an area  relevant to the training programme of the Centre.

Should you have any enquiry, please contact us at (please write “Application Enquiry” in the subject header).

The application process includes the following steps:

1. Project selection: Select three of the projects listed on Your application will be considered only if the following conditions are met:

  • You mention explicitly your three preferred projects in your research proposal (see instructions at Step 2 below);
  • The three projects you select are supervised by at least four different persons (e.g. one project is supervised by A and B, another by B and C, and the last one by A and D).

2. Application submission (deadline 30 June): Click the “Apply Now” link at the bottom of this page and follow the instructions to submit your application via the University of Glasgow portal.

The instructions of the portal are self-evident in most cases, but there are a few cases that require you to insert specific information in order to apply to SOCIAL:

  • At the initial page (“Application Homepage”), please insert September 14th, 2020 as Proposed Start Date.
  • At page “Finances”, please select “University of Glasgow Scholarship” to the question “How do you intend to fund your studies at the University of Glasgow?”, answer “SOCIAL PhD” to the question “If you are applying or you have secured funding, please provide details e.g. scholarship name”, and answer “No” to the question “Is this funding confirmed?”.
  • At page “Research”, the document named “research proposal” on the portal is a cover letter where you mention explicitly the three projects you have selected at step 1 (see above) and you explain why you are a suitable candidate for SOCIAL. Please consider that your application will not be considered if you submit a research proposal and not a cover letter that explicitly mentions the projects you have selected.
  • At page “Research”, you should select the SOCIAL CDT Director, Professor Alessandro Vinciarelli, as your proposed supervisor.

Please consider the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae (required): The curriculum (requested on page “Supporting Documents”) must provide information about your background and professional experience, especially when it comes to aspects pertinent to the projects selected at Step 1;
  • Transcripts (required): The transcripts (requested on page “Supporting Documents”) must show the marks you have obtained during your studies for each individual exam.  If you have not yet completed your degree, please include a transcript showing the marks you have achieved so far;
  • Two reference letters (required): The letters (requested on page “References”) should be written by people in a position to assess your potential as a PhD student and can be written by CDT members (, including your prospective supervisors (the proposers of the projects you selected at Step 1).

3. Notification of Application: After you have submitted your application, send an e-mail to the address to notify the Board of Directors that you have completed your application. 

4. Initial outcome notification (July 2020): The CDT Board will contact you to communicate one of the two possible outcomes:

  • Shortlisted: you will be invited for an interview;
  • Not shortlisted: you will not be invited for an interview, but you may apply again in the next academic year.

5. Interview (for shortlisted candidates only): the CDT Board will organise a meeting via video-conference to assess your potential as a PhD student.

6. Final outcome notification (for candidates who have been interviewed): You will be contacted at the e-mail address you used to submit your application at Step 2 to receive the final outcome of the process:

  • Unconditional offer: You will be invited to start the PhD in the next academic year under the supervision of the CDT members that have defined the project for which you have been selected;
  • Conditional offer: You will be invited to start the PhD in the next academic year under the supervision of the CDT members that have defined the project for which you have been selected, subject to meeting the conditions of your offer;
  • Not selected: you will not be invited to start the PhD in the next year, but you may apply again in the next academic year.

If your application is successful you will be assigned one of the projects you selected at Step 1.

Apply Now

Once you have submitted your application via the application portal, please email us at the following address so we can check that your application has been received (please write “Application Submitted” in the subject line):