£16,062 Heriot-Wait University 2022 School of Social Sciences PhD Studentship (Intercultural Research Centre) 

Written by David on September 18, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    Arts and Culture
  • Country of the Scholarship

    United Kingdom
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Bachelor's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, Scotland UK EH14 4AS +44 131 449 5111  

At Heriot-Watt University’s School of Social Sciences, the Intercultural Research Centre (IRC) is a component of the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies. The International Research Council (IRC) is currently accepting applications for a PhD studentship to begin in January 2023.


About the Scholarship Sponsor:

The cornerstone for what is now Heriot Watt University, a renowned public research institution, was laid in 1821. There is a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs available at this university. When it was founded, the institution was called the School of Arts of Edinburgh; however, a royal charter in 1966 changed that, making it officially a university. It’s one of the UK’s longest continuously operating schools for its field. All three of the university’s locations—Edinburgh, Kuala Lumpur, and Dubai—are equipped with state-of-the-art resources and provide their students a really unique educational experience. Primary campus is in Edinburgh and covers 380 acres. There are classroom buildings, residence halls for students, a health center, a sports complex, and the student union’s administrative offices all there. The Dubai campus facilitates student exchange programs between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. A purpose-built campus in Putrajaya, Malaysia, has the honor of being the country’s first “green campus.”

Heriot-Watt University’s curriculum is broken up among five distinct faculties. The School of Energy, Geoscience, Society, and Infrastructure offers a variety of undergraduate degrees in fields like civil and structural engineering, biology, geography, and urban studies. Additionally, it offers graduate-level education in a wide variety of engineering subfields, including but not limited to: civil, water, and safety engineering; building, planning, and urban design; energy and renewables; construction management; geoscience and petroleum engineering; marine, environment, and climate change; housing, real estate, and social policy; and more. Chemical, mechanical, computer science, electronics, and electrical engineering are just some of the areas of study available to students in the university’s School of Engineering and Physical Sciences. As an added bonus, it offers a BS in both chemistry and physics as majors.


Theodore S. Clerk, the founder of the Ghanaian architectural profession and the man responsible for the creation of the city of Tema on the coast, studied at Edinburgh’s Heriot Watt University. Iain Baikie, a prize-winning physicist, and Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, president of the Royal Academy, are only two of the notable alumni of Heriot Watt University. Aviva’s CEO, Maurice Tulloch, is another alumnus of Heriot Watt.

There are multiple locations of the university; Scotland is home to three of them, while Malaysia and Dubai each host one. The only place in Scotland where none of these campuses can be found is. The Scottish Council for Development and Industry acknowledged Heriot-Watt University for its outstanding work in the domains of physical sciences, mathematics, business and management, engineering, and the built environment by awarding the institution with a prize. It was named 2018’s “International University of the Year” by Times Higher Education, a prestigious recognition.


Heriot-Watt Institution has the highest average wages for graduates in Scotland. This is due to the fact that 95% of students who graduate with their first degree from the university are either working or continuing their studies within six months of graduation (Times Higher Education). Heriot-Watt University has an office dedicated to advising and helping international students. In addition to supplying contact information for embassies and consulates in Edinburgh, they can also offer practical advice such as how to open a bank account in the UK, how to drive in the UK, how to register with the police in order to have a visa renewed, how to make travel arrangements in the local area, and more. The International Student Guide also has helpful information that can be used before leaving.

In addition, the International Students Advice Office at Heriot-Watt provides airport pickups before a series of events designed to welcome and orient incoming students at the start of each semester. Heriot-Watt University has a good graduate employment ranking because a large number of its graduates find jobs at the graduate level within six months of graduation. The Research Excellence Framework for 2014 ranked Heriot-Watt University at #33 in the United Kingdom, up from #45 in the previous assessment in 2010. In terms of the percentage of students who attended institutions rated 3* or higher, Heriot-Watt University is ranked 22nd in the United Kingdom and third in Scotland.

The Heriot-Watt University accommodation office not only helps students locate off-campus housing if necessary, but also places them in available dorm rooms. Nearly 1,600 private and shared rooms, many of which include en suite bathrooms, are available on the Edinburgh Campus. Two hundred rooms and apartments for independent living are available on the Scottish Borders Campus, and the university also rents out apartments in the surrounding area and in the heart of town. There is no on-campus housing for students, but the university’s accommodation office can point them in the direction of affordable houses and apartments in the adjacent town of Stromness.

There are six campuses that make up Heriot-Watt University. These include the main campus in Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels, the Dubai Campus in Dubai Academic City, the Orkney Campus in Stromness in the far north of Scotland, a new campus in Putrajaya, Malaysia for MBA students, and an affiliation with West London College. Northwestern Scotland is where you’ll find the Orkney Campus. One of the most modern campuses in the UK may be found on the outskirts of Edinburgh at the main campus.


Scholarship Sponsor(s):  Heriot-Watt University

Scholarship Country: United Arab Emirates

Scholarship Worth:  £16,062

Scholarship Type: Postgraduate

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer:

  • Studentships cover the cost of tuition and provide a living allowance that is currently equal to £16,062 per year.
  • In addition, the School provides a research assistance payment that is equal to £2,250 for the duration of the registered time of study.
  • In addition, recipients of full-time scholarships are typically given the chance to participate in paid teaching support throughout each academic year of their award.


Eligibility for Scholarship

  • The applicant must have completed their undergraduate degree with a minimum grade of 2:1 in an area that is relevant to the position. A Master’s degree is desirable. In addition, individuals for whom English is a second language are expected to achieve the University’s basic requirements for their proficiency in the English language. If you have not previously completed a degree program that was taught and examined in the medium of English, you are required to have a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no score lower than 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking, or Listening. If you have completed a degree program in the medium of English, you are exempt from this requirement.
  • A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae.
  • copies of the complete academic transcripts from all previous academic degree courses as well as copies of the degree certificates for any degrees that have already been conferred. If you are currently enrolled in a degree program, please give all of the marks that are currently accessible to date. Please give evidence that your qualification is equivalent to that offered by institutions in the UK if it was earned from a school that is not located in the UK.
  • A condensed cover letter in which you explain why you want to pursue a doctoral degree at Heriot-Watt University and what makes you an outstanding candidate for the program.
  • A conceptual framework for the research project (max. 1500 words). This should make it abundantly evident how the suggested research question and modalities of investigation match with the study area that you have selected. In the proposal, it should be made abundantly apparent that they are submitting their application for the “IRC PhD scholarship.”


Awarding international students with tuition waivers for the 2022-2023 school year in select degree programs, the University of Innsbruck in Austria is committed to removing financial barriers to education. This award is for international students who have demonstrated academic excellence. Scholars of all levels are urged to apply for the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year at the university.



The Heriot-Wait University 2022 School of Social Sciences PhD Studentship (Intercultural Research Centre)  is open to all International Students


Application Procedure

  • Please email [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns regarding the application procedure in general.


Application Deadline

The application deadline  for Heriot-Wait University 2022 School of Social Sciences PhD Studentship (Intercultural Research Centre)  is September 8, 2022

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