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​Scottish Graduate Schools

Edinburgh Napier University is a member of two national Graduate Schools and we encourage our doctoral students to engage with these organisations which provide training, development and networking opportunities across Scotland.


Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities


The Scottish Graduate School is the world's first national graduate school in the Arts & Humanities. Our membership includes sixteen Scottish universities, from the oldest to the newest & including our four art schools & national conservatoire.  We cover Scotland’s geography from the Highlands & Islands to the Scottish Borders, & we work with a wide range of supporters from the arts, culture, creative & heritage sectors. We incorporate the AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland.


Keep up to date with the work of the SGSAH through their news page – which highlights funding, internship programmes and other opportunities open to its members.


Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science is the UK's largest facilitator of funding, training and support for doctoral students in social science. By combining the expertise of sixteen universities across Scotland, the school facilitates world-class PhD research. The school is funded jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Scottish Funding Council.


The SGSSS offers comprehensive and world-class research training in a number of discipline-specific and interdisciplinary pathways. In addition, the school manages a programme of advanced training courses and an annual summer school which together offers our students further opportunities to develop their research, knowledge exchange and transferable professional skills.


SGSSS has recently developed GradHub, a new online platform for anyone involved in Social Science in Scotland. ESRC funded researchers must register as this will be how all communications from SGSSS are received, and how funding will be applied for. PhD students within the Social Sciences are welcome to register with GradHub to take advantage of training and resources, and prospective PhD students looking to study in the Social Sciences should register to get updates on studentship calls which occur each year. Supervisor-led competitions are also administered through GradHub for supervisors at Scottish Universities. Click here to register if you are a Current Student, a Prospective Student, or a member of Academic Staff.


In addition the SGSSS has been developing a number of online resources including a video series ‘When Methods Meet’ which brings together pairs of academics for short, focussed discussions of the potential for two methods to be used in combination.


To contact the SGSSS directly please use their designated contact form, or email them at team@gsss.ac.uk.