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ESRC PhD Studentships in Management and Business Studies (PhD Studentship)

Reference Number: R2685
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Duration: 3-4 years
Funding Amount: full UK/EU fees, plus Stipend
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

Cardiff Business School, supported by the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre (Wales DTC), invites applications for four funded PhD Studentships in Management and Business Studies, to commence late-September 2016.

Candidates should have an excellent academic background, holding a 1st or Upper 2nd Class undergraduate degree, and preferably also a Masters degree in a relevant subject with a score of at least 65%.

Research is at the centre of Cardiff Business School's activities. Cardiff Business School is ranked 6th in the UK for the quality of its research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and one of only two business schools in the UK to be ranked in the top ten in each of the Government’s five assessment exercises since 1992.

Research is conducted both within the Schools' sub-disciplinary groups as well as via specialist and multidisciplinary research centres.

Cardiff Business School has an international faculty of world-leading scholars and its research reputation has helped it become an attractive centre of scholarship for colleagues from the UK and beyond. The School also has a strong and active PhD programme, with 150 PhD students studying at the School at any one time. A substantial proportion of these students are funded by scholarships obtained from funding bodies including the ESRC, EPSRC and a number of private sector organisations.

Awards are available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years, completing the MSc Social Science Research Methods in year one, followed by the three-year PhD phase. A +3 studentship provides funding for three years only, and assumes that the applicant will already have completed research methods training via, or equivalent to, an ESRC-recognised MSc degree (please see ESRC guidance on this).

The School particularly welcomes applications for a number of identified projects (see, or in any of the specialised areas of research covered by each section:-

Applications in any of the specialised areas of research within the School’s four management and business sections are also invited:

Supervisors: To contact a member of academic staff to discuss your research proposal prior to making an application (strongly advised), see:-

Start date: September 2016

Number of Studentships: 4


This studentship consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£14,057 p.a. for 2015/16, updated each year).

Four studentships are very generously funded by the ESRC.

Additional ESRC Research Training Support Grant of the value of £750 is available for three years (PhD phase only).


Academic criteria: Candidates should have an excellent academic background, holding a 1st or Upper 2nd Class undergraduate degree, and preferably also a Masters degree in a relevant subject with a score of at least 65%.


To be eligible for a full award a student must have:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay and
  • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences) and
  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

To be eligible for a fees only award:

  • Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be 'ordinarily resident' in a member state of the EU.

How to Apply

  1. Applications should be submitted via Cardiff’s Online Application Service – for details see
  2. In the ‘Funding’ section of the Online Application Form, please indicate that you are applying for an ESRC PhD Studentship in Management and Business. Guidance for sending/uploading supporting documents is also available via your Online Application account.
  3. 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.
  4. 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)
  5. 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.
  6. 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 band 7.0 on IELTS (writing scored 7.0, with no subscore less than 6.5).

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The deadline for applications is 4 March 2016.

Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Further Information

For further information please contact Ms Elsie Phillips on e-mail via or on Telephone +44 (0)29 2087 6786.

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