£18,022 University of Glasgow 2023 James McCune Smith PhD Scholarships for International Students

Written by David on October 28, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    United Kingdom
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Glasgow G12 8QQ, United Kingdom

The James McCune Smith Scholarships provide financial support to students of African descent who are domiciled in the United Kingdom and wish to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Glasgow. Students may conduct their research in any field for which the university is able to provide supervision.

They enrich the experience by providing access to external mentors and placements, as well as opportunities for leadership development, community-building activities, and networking. There are ten James McCune Smith PhD Scholarships up for grabs, and the eligibility period for these scholarships begins in October of 2023.

The University of Glasgow provides funding for eight of these centers, which all support research in a variety of fields. Two of them get funding from GSK, which enables them to contribute to research in fields that are of interest to GSK Medicinal Chemistry. James McCune Smith was the first African American to earn a medical degree, and he did it in 1837 when he graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in medicine. These scholarships bear his honor.


About the Scholarship Sponsor:

The Papal Bull that established the University of Glasgow in 1451. It’s the fourth-oldest school in the United States and the fourth-oldest in Scotland. It was one of the four major centers of the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century, alongside Edinburgh, St. Andrews, and Aberdeen. There are only eight “old universities” in the United Kingdom, and the University of Glasgow is one of them. College of Science and Engineering; College of Arts; College of Medical, Veterinary, and Life Sciences; and College of Social Sciences; these are the four divisions that make up the university. There are various campuses within the university. Gilmorehill Campus, in Hillhead, is the main one. The university’s medical department is located in Gartnavel Royal Hospital on Great Western Road, while the Veterinary School, sports facilities, and dental school are all located on the Garscube Estate in the Bearsden neighborhood. 

The Crichton campus and the teaching center of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Dumfries are jointly managed by the Open University, the University of the West of Scotland, and the University of Glasgow. More than 140 nations are represented among the university’s 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is one of Glasgow’s largest employers, with over 8,000 people on staff and more than 3,400 working in research and teaching. The university is one of the prestigious Russell Group of UK research universities. The University of Glasgow has two major urban campuses: Gilmorehill and Garscube. In Dumfries, just to the south of Glasgow, you’ll find a third campus. Both urban campuses are conveniently connected to the rest of the city by frequent bus and metro service. 



There is convenient access to the rest of the United Kingdom and the rest of the world from Glasgow thanks to two airports and two train stations in the city core. The Office for National Statistics reports that Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, is one of the top five most popular UK destinations among tourists because of its enormous student population. Glasgow has a busy social scene, excellent shopping, thriving theaters, and international festivals, making it one of Europe’s liveliest cities. Glasgow is ranked highly by both Frommer’s and Condenaste Travel Guides, placing it in the top two in the United Kingdom. The neo-Gothic centerpiece of campus was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, and the University has more listed buildings than any other UK university. The University of Glasgow is home to the only Department of Aerospace Engineering in Scotland and the oldest Faculty of Engineering in the United Kingdom. 


The World-Changing Alumni Award was created to honor the most outstanding graduates and their significant contributions to the world. In 2017, Susanne Mitschke took first place, and in 2016, Matt Fountain did. Bonar Law, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, and William Lamb are three more illustrious former students who have gone on to achieve global fame. If an international student accepts an unconditional offer of enrollment and submits their completed application before the August deadline in the year of admission, they will be guaranteed a housing assignment. It takes around 45 minutes to walk from the main campus to the farthest of the city’s 3,500 hotel rooms, which are all located in the northwest quadrant. The Accommodation Office also provides assistance to students in the search for private rental housing in and around Glasgow. Apartments, houses, and motels are all types of private housing.

The cosmopolitan West End of Glasgow is home to the University of Glasgow’s main campus, which is around three miles outside the city center. Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland and one of the friendliest in the world (Rough Guides 2019), was recently named one of Time magazine’s “Best Cities in the World in 2019.” Glasgow is firmly established as one of Europe’s most busy cities, with a year-round schedule of world-class events and festivals, a variety of cultural attractions, stunning architecture, many parks and open spaces, fantastic shopping, and a lively nightlife. All current University of Glasgow students have access to the Student Counselling and Advisory Service, which is part of the university’s student support network. The Welcome Team at Glasgow Airport will meet all incoming international students and help them get on the complimentary shuttle to their new campus housing. For the benefit of our international students, International Student Support also provides an orientation event before the start of each semester. Pre-sessional English courses are also available for incoming overseas students.


Scholarship Sponsor(s):  University of Glasgow

Scholarship Country: United Kingdom

Scholarship Worth: £18,022

Scholarship Type: PhD

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer:

  • The grant can cover both a stipend (estimated to be £18,022 for admission in 2023) and fees for a maximum of four years.
  • You’ll receive:
  • a placement for a period of six months with a company, the government, a non-governmental organization, or another employer.
  • in addition to the normal academic supervisors, mentorship from outside of academia to provide a broader viewpoint and network as well as leadership training and community building activities support for conferences and other networking opportunities


Eligibility for Scholarship

  • You need to be a resident of the United Kingdom and either of the following ethnic groups: Black African, Black Caribbean, Black Other, Mixed White and Black Caribbean, Mixed White and Black African, or another mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other).
  • Submitting an application does not restrict you from submitting applications to other programs in order to get a funded spot.


Undergraduates at Leeds University in the United Kingdom can apply for a scholarship for the 2023–2024 school year. In an effort to inspire all students to continue their study, the University of Leeds is looking for exceptional students who can participate in research across the Mathematics department and are inspired to pursue higher education.



The  University of Glasgow 2023 James McCune Smith PhD Scholarships for International Students   is open to all International Students


Application Procedure

  • Take a look at the research projects that faculty members at the University of Glasgow are working on so that you can make a recommendation for a research topic and a supervisor.
  • Send in an Expression of Interest form that has been filled out completely so that they can help you with your application.
  • Continue with the application procedure, starting with making contact with possible future supervisors. When you make first contact with a possible supervisor, make it a point to mention that you want to submit an application for a James McCune Smith Scholarship as one of the various funding sources you are considering. The applicant for a James McCune Smith Scholarship is responsible for determining the subject matter of their proposed research, in consultation with their potential advisor.
  • Your personal statement must be submitted through the Scholarship Portal. In the personal statement, you should discuss your research interests and explain why you would like to be a James McCune Smith Scholar in no more than 500 words.
  • You are also need to submit an application using the MyCampus portal run by the university. In the online full application, under the heading “Finance,” you should include the James McCune Smith Scholarship as one of the funding alternatives. The submission of applications must be completed by the 31st of January in 2023; however, early submission is encouraged.


Application Deadline

The application deadline  for University of Glasgow 2023 James McCune Smith PhD Scholarships for International Students is January 31, 2023.

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