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PhD Funding and Studentships

PhD funding sources.

There are a number of sources of PhD degree funding available including doctoral loans, PhD scholarships and studentships. We offer a significant number of fully-funded PhD studentships to outstanding candidates looking to start in September 2019.

You will need to check that you meet our PhD degree requirements before applying for funding.

Contact the Doctoral Programmes Office:
mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk
+44 (0)161 275 1200

PhD Funding opportunities

If you are an eligible postgraduate Doctoral student, you can apply for a loan of up to £25,000 to contribute to overall costs.

Read more about Doctoral loans >>

MRes & PhD (1+3 years) Programme
PhD (+3 years) Programme

Alliance Manchester Business School as part of the North-West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) - a major collaboration between the Universities of Manchester, Lancaster, Liverpool and Keele - is recruiting outstanding candidates for ESRC studentships commencing September 2019 through the Business and Management and Accounting and Finance pathways.

Eligibility 
Eligibility is determined by the ESRC's eligibility criteria so you are advised to read the ESRC guidance and information on the NWSSDTP website carefully before applying.
UK and EU students are eligible to apply:

  • UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance
  • EU applicants are normally eligible for an award paying tuition fees only
  • EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award are eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance

International applicants are not normally eligible for ESRC Studentships unless the proposed research is recognised as Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM). UK, EU and international applicants wishing to study in an AQM area may apply for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance.

Criteria
PhD (+3 years) applicants must have obtained a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold, or expect to obtain, a Masters-level qualification with a Distinction.

Exceptional Undergraduate students who hold, or expect to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) may apply to study as 1+3 years applicants.

How to apply
To be considered for one of these awards, there is a dual application procedure.  Candidates must submit the following:

  • Alliance Manchester Business School online PhD application (with supporting documents). Applicants are encouraged to submit their complete application as soon as possible but no later than 2 January 2019.

and

However, early applications are strongly recommended.

Enquiries
Details are available on the NWSSDTP website.

Two PhD scholarships are available for doctoral studies in the Faculty of Humanities, The University of Manchester, commencing 2019-20. The funds are made available through the Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DDAR) from donation to The University of Manchester (please see https://your.manchester.ac.uk/ for more information).

The scholarship value is £19,500 per year for three years to cover tuition fees and maintenance allowance. Additional funding of up to £1,500 per year is available to support placement, overseas institutional visit, research training and conference attendance at the discretion of the Faculty PGR Committee Chair.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must hold a 2:1 Honours and Masters degrees from a reputable higher education institution and meet the other entry requirements of the PhD programme they wish to join.
  • Applicants may be of any nationality and residency status.
  • Their proposed research project must be related to one of the University's philanthropic research themes

Although not a requirement, priority is given to candidates who have identified or developed a potential opportunity to undertake doctoral placement and/or overseas institutional visit during their PhD.

How to Apply 
Candidates must submit the following:

and

Your application will be considered for admission for the PhD programme. The School will be able to nominate up to 2 candidates of high calibre and whose research project is related to the above research theme(s). All school nominations will then be considered by the Faculty committee to select the top two Faculty nominations to be submitted to DDAR. 

Application Deadline: 8 March 2019

Enquiries

For queries regarding the PhD programme and application process, please contact the Doctoral Programmes Office at Alliance Manchester Business School: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

The RADMA 2019 Doctoral Studies Funding call is now open to fund students from September 2019 onwards.   

The award is focused on supporting students of research technology and innovation management and is closely associated with the R&D Management journal and conferences.  It provides up to three years’ funding to talented prospective or mid-study PhD students.  The expectation is that candidates will have a Masters degree in a relevant field or an excellent first degree or equivalent.  Candidates will be expected to complete yearly progress reports and make a copy of their thesis available to RADMA upon its completion.

Eligibility 

To be eligible for funding, you must be accepted for PhD study at a UK university (see “How to Apply” below).  Applications for the funding must be supported by the your PhD supervisor.  Awards will be granted to, and administered through, the institution and not individual candidates.  The award will cover costs related to fees and specified living expenses up to a maximum of £19,000 per academic year (pro-rata for part-time students; partial funding is a possibility) and conditional upon the receipt of acceptable annual progress reports.

For the full call for proposals, RADMA funding application forms, and terms and conditions, visit the RADMA website >>

How to Apply
There is a dual application procedure and you must submit the following:

  1. An Alliance MBS PhD application form (with supporting documents) by 18 January 2019. You should indicate in your application that you are applying for RADMA funding. You must also hold an offer for the PhD by 21 February 2019.
  2. RADMA funding application form and Application Spreadsheet (with supporting documents, specified by RADMA) via email to info@radma.net by 28 February 2019.

Enquiries

For queries regarding the PhD programme and application process, please contact the Doctoral Programmes Office at Alliance Manchester Business School: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

If you have any further questions about this funding, visit the RADMA website or contact RADMA directly at info@radma.net.

The University of Manchester has recently launched £2.5m investment in PhD training with the President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Awards. In addition to standard awards which include tuition fee and stipend, the PDS Award entitles you to an additional £1,000 p.a. enhancement to your funded stipend/living allowance.

You also have the opportunity to:

  • Attend a series of exclusive events where you'll have the opportunity to meet The University of Manchester President and Vice Chancellor, interact closely with our academic community and network with other PDS Award students
  • Benefit from international research leadership under distinguished scholars
  • Become a PDS Award ambassador for the University
  • Receive a President's Doctoral Scholar medal at graduation
  • Benefit from our extensive postgraduate researcher development and training

The prestigious PDS Awards are open to all nationalities and research areas. Decisions are based on your academic track record and evidence of your research potential.

You will only be considered for this award if you have been offered a place on an Alliance MBS PhD pathway for September 2019 entry. 

Application deadline: 30th January 2019

You are advised to submit your application as early as possible. If you don’t submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines your application won’t be considered.

Criteria

  • You need to have achieved a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold (or expect to obtain) a Masters-level qualification with Distinction.
  • You should have a track-record of research engagement (including relevant research experience and dissemination) and/or potential for outstanding research, as demonstrated in the quality of your proposal submitted as part of your application.

How to apply 
You need to submit an Alliance MBS PhD application and indicate that you wish to be considered for this funding opportunity.

Application Deadline: 3rd May 2019

A full-time PhD research scholarship, including stipend and tuition fee costs, is available for September 2019. This position is an opportunity for an ambitious and engaged candidate who wishes to pursue doctoral studies in the area of strategic decision making and data visualisation.

The scholarship is part of a major collaborative research programme between The University of Manchester and the global fast moving consumer goods company Unilever, funded under the EPSRC Prosperity Partnership Centre in Advanced Fluid Engineering for Digital Manufacturing (CAFE4DM). The position is available to applicants who meet the programme entry requirements and who have outstanding potential as a researcher in the field of information visualisation for decision support.

The studentship will cover students who are classed as ‘Home’ under the EPSRC eligibility criteria.

The CAFE4DM research programme

We are engaged in an exciting academic-industry project on the digitalization of R&D and innovation processes in Unilever, the major multinational fast moving consumer goods company.  The successful candidate will work alongside a team of senior researchers at AMBS to examine how visualisation techniques can support senior manager decision making during the process of developing and approving new products.

The PhD position is part of a research programme that is developing cutting-edge, inter-disciplinary research related to the development, adoption, and diffusion of digitalized R&D and innovation processes. The research programme is focused on four inter-related areas: 1) R&D and innovation practices within Unilever and comparable companies; 2) change management programmes that promote the adoption of new digital technologies in R&D and the new product development process; 3) how digitalisation can help decision making by senior management; and 4) the transfer of digitalisation practices within a global company.

PhD topics

We welcome expressions of interest in research ideas that examine the use of large-scale visualisation in support of strategic decision making and the factors that influence the adoption of such techniques by decision makers. Much of our research programme entails intensive interaction with managers at Unilever, and other organisations. We will therefore give special consideration to candidates with an interest in engaging with management practice, and an ability to relate to managers, industrial scientists and engineers.   

Supervision

The successful candidate will be located in Alliance Manchester Business School’s Manchester Institute for Innovation Research, a world-leading centre for the study of science and innovation policy and management. Our 45 members of staff and 50 doctoral students build on more than five decades of interdisciplinary science, technology and innovation studies in Manchester. Our research, teaching and engagement activities are based upon a guiding principle of excellence, both in terms of academic rigour and societal relevance. The successful study will lead to the award of a PhD Business and Management at Alliance Manchester Business School, which is regularly ranked highly by the Financial Times MBA rankings.

The studentship will start in September 2019 and is available for up to three years, with a stipend equivalent to RCUK rates (approximately £15,000 per annum tax-free for 2018/9, 2019/20 to be confirmed),  full university tuition fees and travel support for fieldwork and conferences (exact amounts to be confirmed). The Scholarship is only available to those who qualify as a Home student under EPSRC residency requirements.  Nationals of EU countries are eligible only if they satisfy the EPSRC residential criteria: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/ 

Entry Requirements

The successful candidate will be expected to satisfy the entry requirements of the AMBS PhD programme (academic qualifications and English language proficiency).

How to apply

You must apply online for the full-time PhD Business and Management programme and indicate that you wish to be considered for the PhD Scholarship for CAFE4DM: SEEING IS BELIEVING – LARGE-SCALE VISUALISATIONS IN SUPPORT OF STRATEGIC DECISIONS.

The application must also contain:

  • A written statement clearly indicating how your research competencies and interests to date are aligned with the specific nature of this PhD project;
  • Evidence of excellent academic writing skills (e.g. existing research paper or dissertation chapter where the applicant has been the leading author); and
  • A research proposal indicating how you would propose to address the area of investigation.

If you do not submit the required supporting documents, your application will not be considered.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. 

Enquiries:

For further details about the project, contact Dr. Andrew James at andrew.james@manchester.ac.uk.  

For questions related to your application, contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham at mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

These PhD studentships offer 3 years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year. You also receive a generous research support and conference allowance.

You will have access to:

  • A robust doctoral research training programme
  • Dedicated research resources
  • Training in transferable skills
  • Visiting speaker seminar programme
  • Existing research centres and groups

In addition, you are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance your experience in preparation for your future career.

We are seeking applications from exceptional UK, EU and international students with outstanding academic backgrounds and research proposals in the following areas:

PhD Accounting and Finance

  • Auditing and Accountability
  • Management Accounting
  • Market Based Accounting Research
  • Asset Pricing and Market Microstructure
  • Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance
  • Financial Econometrics

PhD Business and Management

  • Critical Management Studies
  • Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
  • International Business and Management
  • Decision Science
  • Information Systems
  • Operational Research
  • Marketing
  • Innovation Management
  • Health Management
  • Organisational Studies
  • Fairness and Dignity at Work
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Data Science
  • Information Management
  • Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Innovation Policy
  • Strategy

PhD Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

  • Assessment and governance of emerging technologies
  • Responsibility in research and innovation
  • Managing and measuring science, technology and innovation policy
  • Knowledge production, innovation, technology deployment, and user engagement
  • Roles for universities, public research centres, and other organisations in science and innovation
  • Evaluation, foresight and strategic intelligence in science, technology and innovation policy

Eligibility
You must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 623 (100 internet-based test) PTE 66.

The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants with an offer to start the PhD Programme in September 2019.

You are strongly advised to submit your application as early as possible. If you don’t submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines your application will not be considered.

Application Deadline: 29 March 2019

How to apply

You need to submit an Alliance MBS PhD application and indicate that you wish to be considered for this funding opportunity.

Application Deadline: 3 May 2019

Two full-time PhD research scholarships, including stipend and tuition fee costs, are available for September 2019. The two PhD students will conduct research as part of the Alliance Research Grant funded project “Reconfiguring institutional investment and corporate governance: standards, commercialisation, indexation and the shifting jurisdictional authority of accounting and finance professionals and professional practice.

Theme of the PhD projects:

Professions and professionals play a crucial role in shaping institutions given their ability to simultaneously create, legitimise and control the knowledge and practices that govern various elements of everyday life. They are widely perceived as primary societal institutional agents who have assumed central roles in creating, disrupting and maintaining prevailing institutions. In the past decade, the accounting profession has undertaken extensive efforts to expand its jurisdictional authority into a variety of new domains linked to improved corporate governance. This attempted positioning has engendered significant competition from competing bodies of professional experts simultaneously seeking to claim exclusive rights to work in similar areas. Moreover, these attempted expansions in the jurisdiction have had considerable implications for the public interest role the accounting profession purports to prioritise given the often commercially driven motivations underlying these expansionary efforts. The two PhD projects will build on ongoing work at the Alliance Manchester Business School in the Accounting and Finance Division by Professor Chris Humphrey and Professor Brendan O’Dwyer, which seeks to significantly enhance our understanding of how the professionalisation of new fields by accounting professionals is emerging in three key areas: the development of standards in sustainability reporting and assurance; the processes through which Big 4 professional services firms are professionalising the area of human rights; and the jurisdictional power and consequences of indexation in different domains.

The PhD projects will be qualitative in nature combining detailed case studies of organisations, extensive investigative work analysing official websites, publications, social media and other pertinent material, together with in-depth interviews with key actors associated with the establishment and development of standard setting in the fields of sustainability and human rights accounting.

Supervision:

The successful candidates will be jointly supervised by Professor Chris Humphrey and Professor Brendan O’Dwyer of the Division of Accounting and Finance in the Alliance Manchester Business School. The Division is one of the leading accounting and finance units in Europe with an outstanding reputation for excellence in research and teaching programmes at all levels. With an intellectual tradition rooted in the social sciences, the Division has a superb research track record, with staff regularly publishing in leading international academic journals. The Division maintains a deep commitment to knowledge development and policy engagement and has long-standing connections with the business, financial and public sectors. Home to over 50 academic and research staff, the Division engages in research of an innovative and interdisciplinary nature covering important, conceptual and practice/policy-relevant issues.

Nature of the scholarships:

The scholarships will commence in September 2019 and will be available for up to three years, with a stipend equivalent to RCUK rates (approximately £15,000 per year), full university tuition fees (at Home and/or International level), and travel support for fieldwork and conferences.  

Eligibility:

We are seeking applications from exceptional UK, EU and international students with outstanding academic backgrounds. You will have to demonstrate that you are highly motivated, intellectually astute, with high-level analytical competencies, and experience of qualitative research design and application.

You must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold, or expect to obtain, a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 internet based test), or PTE 66.

The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants with an offer to start the PhD Programme in September 2019.

Application:

To apply for one of the PhD scholarships, please submit an online application for the full-time PhD Accounting and Finance programme.  The application deadline is 3 May 2019. 

The application must contain the following:

  • A written statement clearly indicating how your research competencies and interests to date are aligned with the specific nature of the PhD projects;
  • Evidence of excellent writing skills; and
  • A research proposal indicating how you would propose to address one of three areas of investigation outlined above.

You are strongly advised to submit your application as early as possible. If you do not submit the required supporting documents outlined above by the deadline, your application will not be considered.

Closing Date: Closed

The University of Manchester is pleased to announce a formal Agreement with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to develop research collaborations between UK and Chinese universities/research institutions.

Benefits

  • The University of Manchester will cover your full tuition fees for the period of the programme as outlined in the offer letter (usually 3 years)
  • The CSC provides living allowances as prescribed from time to time by the Chinese Government, and covers the round-trip airfare for you from China to the United Kingdom, visa and passport application fees.

If your application is successful, you will be responsible for arranging your visa into the country, and The University of Manchester will not be responsible or liable in any way for a failure to obtain a visa or other requisite paperwork for entry and study in Manchester.

Criteria

  • You must be a citizen and permanent resident of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application. If you are an overseas based Chines student, you may be eligible subject to CSC policy at the time (CSC publicises the policy in October or November every year)
  • If your application is successful you must return to China upon completion of your studies and/or research
  • You must hold an unconditional offer letter from The University of Manchester. They must therefore fulfil the relevant academic entry requirements set by Alliance Manchester Business School at The University of Manchester, including a high level of English language proficiency
  • Candidates should satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC.

Application and selection process

  • You need to submit a PhD application to The University of Manchester. You need to specify in your application that you wish to apply for The University of Manchester/CSC joint scholarship scheme.
  • The University of Manchester will evaluate all applications and rank them in priority order.
  • After receiving an offer letter from The University of Manchester, you must also apply to CSC for funding by completing an online application for funding.
  • CSC will evaluate all of the applications according to their requirements and priorities, and provide The University of Manchester with a final list of scholarship recipients and inform the successful candidates.

For CSC-related queries, contact: Shemsah Farooq, International Officer, International Development, The University of Manchester (shemsah.farooq@manchester.ac.uk; +44 (0)161 306 3755)

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