Scottish Gaelic publishing scholarship for the MLitt in Publishing Studies

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England, Wales, NI, Republic of Ireland, European Union, International, Scotland


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Discover an exciting scholarship opportunity being offered by The Gaelic Books Council and the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication.

Background information

The Gaelic Books Council and the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication at the University of Stirling are offering a scholarship with placement opportunities for a student with fluent written and spoken Scottish Gaelic studying Stirling’s industry-leading MLitt in Publishing Studies (2020-21).


The scholarship is funded by the Gaelic Books Council and the University of Stirling. The scholarship covers the Home/EU course fees of £7,000 and offers additional funding to cover travel and subsistence expenses of £1,700.

The additional funding for travel and subsistence expenses will be paid in two portions at the beginning of Semester 1 and 2 and will be subject to a satisfactory report on the attendance and performance of the successful student. The student will be expected to meet on a regular basis with the Programme Director and the Gaelic Books Council to discuss progress.


Where possible, and with due observance of the current COVID-19 restrictions, the Gaelic Books Council will assist in the negotiation of appropriate placements with Gaelic publishers. While travel and accommodation restrictions are in place, these are likely to be arranged on a remote basis. However, if restrictions are lifted in time, the successful student must be prepared to travel and to be located with any one of several Scottish Gaelic and Gaelic-related publishers, some of which are based across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

The scholarship award will cover reasonable travel and subsistence expenses incurred in travelling to placements.

Gaelic Books Council

The Gaelic Books Council is a charitable company limited by guarantee and was established in 1968. It is currently located at 32 Mansfield Street in Glasgow with five staff. The Gaelic Books Council is not a publisher. Its main purpose is:

• To support the development of Gaelic writing.

• To stimulate interest in Gaelic books and other related materials.

• To support Gaelic authors by awarding grants and commissions.

• To support the Gaelic publishing industry.

• To increase the range, quality and impact of Gaelic literature.

Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication

The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication was established in 1982 and has since developed a global reputation for its postgraduate degrees in publishing, its research activities, and its industry links. Focusing on book, magazine, journal and digital publishing, the Centre trains the publishers of the future, provides opportunities for those currently working in the industry to reflect on their professional practice, and through its research, critically analyses the past, present and future of publishing.

Eligibility and availability

Applicants must have fluent written and spoken Scottish Gaelic. For the Gaelic Books Council scholarship, the successful student will be required to include a Gaelic-language component within their Publishing Project and to have a Gaelic-focussed dissertation topic, which will be discussed and agreed with the Council.

How do I apply?

There are three stages to the application:

1) Make a full application (including a personal statement and one reference) for a place on the MLitt in Publishing Studies via the University of Stirling Admissions office. Details of how to make this application are available here. Deadline: Friday 31 July 2020.

2) Write an additional personal statement in Gaelic (1,500 words maximum), detailing a) how you would benefit from the scholarship in your career and b) what you perceive to be the importance and opportunities of Gaelic publishing. Please include your name on the document. Email this as a pdf to along with a covering message in English. Please use ‘Gaelic Books Council’ as the subject heading. Deadline: Friday 31 July 2020.

3) Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview on Wednesday 19 August. Part of the interview will be conducted in Gaelic.

Contact us

Any enquiries about the scholarship should be directed to Frances Sessford, Programme Director: