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Collaborative Competition 2020/21

We are currently making preparations to launch our 2020 Collaborative Competition. Please check back in the coming weeks for more information. You can also sign up for our Newsletter, register for GradHub, or follow us on Twitter to be kept up to date with all of our competition launches and dates.

the 2020/21 competition is now closed for applications for supervisors - funded projects will be open to students to apply for from 3 March 2021

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science is delighted to announce the launch of the SGSSS Collaborative Supervisor-led Competition​ 2020/21

In this supervisor-led competition, ‘Collaborative’ is defined broadly and covers studentships that are supported by private sector companies, public sector bodies or third sector organisations. Up to 15 awards will be made in 2020/21.

The lead supervisor must be a member of a HEI in Scotland that is accredited to hold studentships within their disciplinary pathway, and must have undergone supervisor training within their institution within the last 5 years.

Second supervisors may work within any of the SGSSS 16 partner HEIs. We encourage applicants to consider co-supervision with different universities across our network. You can find full information about the SGSSS partner universities online here.

Please ensure that you read the guidance carefully before applying and watch the introduction and case study videos below. Interested parties should pay particular attention to the expected financial contributions from collaborative partners and the requirements for recruitment in the guidance. 

Applications should be submitted via our applications portal, GradHub by 12pm on 30 October 2020An overview of the competition timeline can be found below. Please register for GradHub as soon as possible to avoid any delay as accounts are approved manually, during office hours. 

Supervisor-Led Studentships Q&A
To view the recording of the Q&A session for supervisors, which took place on 24 September, please click here.



Competition launch

31 August 2020

Application deadline

30 October 2020 at 12pm

Award outcomes communicated to applicants

30 November 2020

Student recruitment period begins

3 March 2021

Deadline to notify SGSSS of preferred candidate

28 May 2021