The application deadline has now passed, but it will possible to apply again in late 2019 or early 2020 for PhD scholarships starting in the Academic Year 2020-2021. Check regularly this website for updates.

Please consider that, according to the regulations of the funding agency (UKRI), “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”.

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 one of the projects listed on page, the application will be considered only if the following conditions are met:
    • you mention explicitly the selected project in your cover letter (see instructions at Step 2 below);
    • you select one project only (applications that mention more than one project or candidates who submit more than one application will not be considered).
  2. Application submission (deadline has passed): Send the following documents to the e-mail address (the application will not be considered if you send the documents to any other address):
    • Cover Letter (required): the letter must mention explicitly  the project you intend to apply for (see Step 1) and demonstrate convincingly why you may be the best student for such a project;
    • Curriculum Vitae (required): The curriculum must provide information about your background and professional experiences, especially when it comes to aspects pertinent to the project selected at Step 1;
    • Transcripts (required): The transcripts must show the marks you have obtained during the studies for each individual exam;
    • Two reference letters (optional): The letters should be written by people in a position  to assess your potential as a PhD student and can be written by the CDT members (, including your prospective supervisors (the proposers of the project you selected at Step 1).
  3. Initial outcome notification (July 14th, 2019): The CDT Board will contact you at the e-mail you have used for the submission of the documents (see Step 2) 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 academic year 2020/2021.
  4. Interview (only in case the outcome of step 3 is “Shortlisted”): the CDT Board will organise a meeting to assess your potential as a PhD student;
  5. Final outcome notification (only in case you have been interviewed): You will be contacted personally at the e-mail you have used to submit the material at Step 2 to receive the final outcome of the process:
    • Selected: You will start the PhD in the next academic year under the supervision of the CDT members that have defined the project you selected at step 1;
    • Non selected: you will not start the PhD in the next year, but you are allowed to apply again in the academic years that follow.
  6. Registration (only in case you obtained a CDT scholarship at step 5): You will submit the documents sent at the beginning of the process (see Step 2) to the College of Science and Engineering of the University of Glasgow for a formal registration process (you will receive appropriate instructions at the moment of the outcome notification).