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ESRC/Cardiff Business School 2+2 PhD in Economics – 4 years (PhD Studentship)

Reference Number: R1153
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Duration: 4 years
Funding Amount: UK/EU tuition fees plus stipend and additional research funding
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

Key Studentship Information

Cardiff Business School, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre for Wales (Wales DTC), invites applications for two fully-funded 4-year ‘2+2’ PhD studentships in Economics for the 2014/15 academic year.

Cardiff Business School was ranked 4th out of 90 UK business schools in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, and ‘excellent’ for teaching. Lively, elegant, confident and cosmopolitan, the city of Cardiff offers an excellent location in which to study. Students benefit from the combination of a small, friendly, inexpensive city with the cultural and recreational amenities of an ambitious and progressive capital city.

We have up to two fully-funded ‘2+2’ PhD Studentships available to start in late September 2014.

These ‘2+2’ studentships provide funding for four years, completing the MSc in Economics in the 1st year and the MRes in Advanced Economics in the 2nd year, followed by two years of research funding for the PhD phase.

Applications in any of the specialised areas of research within the School’s economics section are invited:

For further details on the PhD in Economics at Cardiff Business School, please see this page.

Supervision: To contact a member of academic staff to discuss your research proposal prior to making an application (strongly advised), see our faculty interests page.

Start Date: Late September 2014


This studentship is very generously jointly funded by the ESRC and Cardiff Business School. It will cover full UK/EU tuition fees in addition to an Enhanced ESRC Doctoral Stipend (£16,726 for 2013/14, updated each year), £3,000 p.a. above the standard ESRC rate. Additionally, there will be £1,000 p.a. available for research training support and fieldwork for 3 years (PhD phase only).


Residency: We are able to recruit EU students for full awards in Economics without adhering to the current UK Research Council residential eligibility rules, however EU nationals must be able to demonstrate that they have been ordinarily resident (i.e. physically present) in the EU throughout the three-year period immediately preceding the start of the course for which they are seeking funding.

Academic Criteria: We are seeking exceptional applicants with a first-class or very good upper second Honours degree, and/or a Masters degree with an average mark of at least 65%.

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted via Cardiff’s Online Application Service – for details see How to Apply

In the ‘Funding’ section of the Online Application Form, please indicate that you are applying for an ESRC PhD Studentship in Economics. Guidance for sending/uploading supporting documents is also available via your Online Application account.

Applicants should use the ‘Research Proposal’ section of the application form (approx 500 words) to set out their doctoral thesis and project in summary. They should use the ‘Personal Statement’ section (approx 500 words) of the application form to set out their academic background and interests and their reasons for wanting to pursue postgraduate research study.

Academic References – all admissions applications require two references to be submitted in support. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline and have submitted their references by this date as we will be using these to help us evaluate your application. (N.B. The University does not approach referees on your behalf)

Academic Transcripts – where applicable, academic transcripts must be submitted with the online admissions application by the funding deadline. We will be using these to verify your academic qualifications.

English language – for students whose first language is not English, evidence of proficiency in the English language is required e.g. normally a score of 100 in the iBT TOEFL, or band 7.0 on IELTS (writing scored 7.0, with no subscore less than 6.5).

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Application Deadline: Please ensure your application and all supporting documents reach us no later than 21 February 2014.

Further Information

For enquiries and further information, please contact:
Ms Elsie Phillips
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6786

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