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CREATe PhD Opportunities at the University of Glasgow


Glasgow-smallRecruiting for these Scholarships has now ended.

Applications are invited for five PhD Scholarships being offered by CREATe at the University of Glasgow. Two of these Scholarships are open to candidates with research initiatives that complement the research activity, aims and objectives of CREATe. Three of these Scholarships are explicitly linked to existing projects within CREATe’s current research programme. For further details of CREATe’s full research programme click here.

CREATe Research Scholarships (2 posts) [Ref: WP8XX]

Proposals for research that complement the work and aims of CREATe are welcomed (see below for details).

Archives, Digitisation and Copyright (1 post) [Ref: WP1B2]

This project will provide the first in-depth study of the role that copyright plays in shaping the behaviour of the UK’s archival institutions, while also developing policy recommendations to enable those institutions to make their archival collections available online within a simple, straightforward, and easily understood copyright regime.

New Business Models for Cultural Institutions (1 post) [Ref: WP1B3]

Working closely with the National Library of Scotland, this project considers how cultural heritage institutions within the public sector have responded to the increasing need to engage in commercialisation activities during a time of economic recession.

Assessing the IP Small Claims Track (1 post) [Ref: WP3D2]

On 1 October 2012, the UK government created a new procedure for dealing with low value Intellectual Property claims in the Patents County Court (PCC): the IP Small Claims Track. This project provides a critical assessment of the first three years of that initiative, with a particular emphasis on its importance to, and uptake by, the cultural and creative industries.


Home/EU and international applicants are eligible to apply, however only full-time students are eligible. The work of CREATe is highly interdisciplinary and therefore applications are welcomed from those with backgrounds in disciplines including but not limited to law, economics, cultural policy and computing science.

The Award

Each of the Scholarships listed above will run for a maximum of three years full-time commencing September or October 2013 and will provide:

  • an annual bursary equivalent to the RCUK rate – currently £13,590 for 2012/13
  • fees at the standard Home/EU or International rate
  • a research support grant of £750 per annum

How to Apply

All applicants should complete and collate the following documentation then attach to a single email and send to Andrew McHugh ( by 5pm BST on Saturday 13th April:

1. Curriculum Vitae

2. Academic Transcript(s)

3. Two References: References should be on official headed notepaper and signed by referees; references given to candidates in sealed envelopes should be opened, scanned and attached to the email.

4.1. Applicants applying for one of the CREATe Research Scholarships should also include their Research Proposal. Proposals should be no longer than 1200 words, excluding references etc, and should include a statement on how their Research Proposal complements the research activity, aims and objectives of CREATe. Additional items such as references and bibliography should be attached on the application email separately from the research proposal – i.e. on a separate document.

4.2. Applicants applying for one of the three project-specific Scholarships should also include a Research Statement, of no more than 500 words, on why they are an appropriate candidate to take the project forward.

5. Applicants may also forward one sample of their academic writing at their own discretion.

Please make sure to cite the appropriate reference code (e.g. WP8XX) in the subject line of your email.

Naming Documents

Please note that all documents submitted should be named according to the following standard: “Scholarship Reference_Applicant Name_Document Name”. For example: “WP1B2_George McCarthy_CV” or “WP1B2_George McCarthy_Reference 1”.

Selection Process

Applicants will be evaluated by a CREATe selection panel. The selection panel will base its decision on the applicant’s academic qualifications, the quality of the Research Proposal or the Research Statement, references, and may take into account any other factor which it considers relevant. Following a process of shortlisting which is expected to take place at the end of April, shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview. In-person interviews are preferred, but where this is impractical the arrangement of telephone or Skype interviews will be considered. CREATe reserves the right to make an offer of a scholarship subject to a research proposal being revised in such manner as it sees fit, or to any other conditions, or to make no award.

Further details

For further details, please contact Andrew McHugh (, CREATe Centre Manager.