Funding opportunities

Alliance Manchester Business School provides a thriving research environment, and the opportunity to work with the top international scholars in the full range of business and management disciplines, accounting and finance, and information systems. We normally have a range of studentships* and bursaries available for students commencing their doctoral studies. We seek exceptional students who will both benefit from, and make a contribution to, our research community.

*Please note that any additional scholarships confirmed will be added to this page, so please continue to visit regularly for important updates.

Funding opportunities for 2017-18 entry


ESRC 1+3 CASE PhD Studentship - OPEN

“The causes and consequences of precarious work for women: A city region study of Greater Manchester”

Fairness at Work Research Centre >>
Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK

Entry: September 2017
Applications are invited for an ESRC fully funded PhD studentship with the Fairness at Work Research Centre at the Alliance Manchester Business School at The University of Manchester under the supervision of Professors Damian Grimshaw and Jill Rubery. This ‘CASE PhD studentship’ involves a partnership with Oxfam GB with supervision by Graham Whitham. The central aim of this PhD will be to investigate the characteristics of precarious work, its multiple causes and the consequences for gender inequalities in Greater Manchester. The project seeks both to understand the complexities of economic prosperity and inequalities associated with work and employment and to ensure it is socially sustainable. It will combine a threefold concern with the nature of changing employment relationships, the gendered character of precarious work, and the durability of household connections with the world of work.

Students who are interested in this topic and with a first degree from a variety of disciplines including business and management, sociology, political sciences and social policy are encouraged to apply. There are two options - either enter via our MRes programme and then pursue the PhD (the 1+3 route) or enter directly on the PhD programme if the candidate already has a suitable Masters qualification (the +3 route). Postgraduate training and preparation in employment studies and research methods will be provided through the Masters in Research in Management (MRes), taking subject-specific units from the Masters in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations programme at the Alliance Manchester Business School. Advanced PhD research training will be provided through the AMBS Doctoral Programme in Business and Management.

Eligibility
Academic requirements:

  • Satisfy the entry requirements for Alliance Manchester Business School MRes (if applicable) and PhD programme(s)

Residential requirements:

  • Candidates for awards must have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom. A relevant connection may be established if, at the start of the course:
  • The student has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the date of application for an award, and
  • Has not been resident in the UK, during any part of that 3-year period wholly or mainly for the purposes of full-time education (EU students - see below) and
  • Has settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 (i.e. is not subject to any restriction on the period for which he/she may stay).
  • Candidates who meet all three of the above criteria may apply for a full award.
  • A relevant connection may be established for an EU student if the student has been resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the start of the course, even if for purposes of full-time education. EU students in this situation may apply for a full award. EU Students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years may apply for a fees only award.
  • Non-EU students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years are not eligible to apply.

Studentship:

  • Payment of tuition fees at the standard RCUK rate
  • An annual Maintenance Stipend (£14,553 in 2017/18)
  • Certain research and fieldwork expenses will be covered

How to Apply
Application deadline: 31st March 2017
To apply for the studentship, please submit an online application for the full-time “PhD Business & Management” programme via: http://www.mbs.ac.uk/phd/what-next/application-process.aspx

You should indicate in your application form that you are applying for the ESRC CASE PhD Studentship on “The causes and consequences of precarious work for women: A city region study of Greater Manchester”.

Your application should consist of:

  • A letter of interest of up to four pages in length outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.
  • A three-page essay (1,200 words maximum) on the question, ‘What are the characteristics of precarious work in the UK and to what extent are women more at risk of precarious work than men?’
  • A detailed CV
  • Copies of degree certificates and transcripts showing your academic records of marks for courses taken
  • Two academic reference letters, which must be currently dated
  • Candidates may also be required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS/PTE English test score.

To discuss, contact Damian Grimshaw (Damian.grimshaw@manchester.ac.uk) or Jill Rubery (jill.rubery@manchester.ac.uk).

PhD Studentship on "The Northern Powerhouse - Collective Governance and Innovation" - OPEN

A full-time, three year PhD research scholarship, including stipend and tuition fee costs, is available from September 2017. The scholarship is part of a wider research programme on ‘The Northern Powerhouse’, funded by the Alliance MBS Strategic Investment Fund, and being led by Professor Bruce Tether. The position is available to students who meet the programme entry requirements and who have outstanding potential.

Project Summary
The Project concerns the broader issue of collective governance and innovation. More concretely, it analyses the governance of a city-region, particularly where this: (1) involves multiple cooperating parties rather than a unitary authority; and (2) a desire to include innovation, both in procurement processes and what is procured. In the context of cooperative public procurement activities, this project will investigate how different ways of forming and governing joint procurement by local public authorities impact on the ability, willingness, effectiveness and efficiency of procuring innovative goods and services. The project aims to advance an empirically grounded understanding of collective governance, in particular the governance of public procurement that facilitates innovation, and to contribute to theoretical debates concerning the enabling conditions for innovating in consensus-oriented collective action arenas. This project will be being undertaken in association with the AMBS Centre for Infrastructure Development. The PhD student assigned to this project will be supervised by Professor Jakob Edler and Professor Nuno Gil. Candidates interested in this project should have knowledge of one or more of organisational studies/science, political science, policy studies, and innovation. Competences in statistics and data analysis are desirable but not essential.

The successful candidate will be located in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research. With over 40 academic staff, the Institute has a strong tradition of publishing both high profile policy reports and high quality academic outputs in journals and books, raising external funding, and engaging with practitioners and policy makers. Successful studies will lead to the award of a PhD from the Alliance Manchester Business School, the PhD programme of which is regularly ranked highly by the Financial Times MBA rankings. The PhD candidate would be integrated in the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy PhD pathway within this programme.
The studentship will start in September 2017 and is available for three years, with a stipend equivalent to RCUK rates (approx. £14,500 per annum tax free), full university tuition fees, travel support for conferences, plus a possible fieldwork allowance (exact amounts to be confirmed).

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

Application
To apply for the studentship, please submit an online application for the full-time “PhD Science, Technology & Innovation Policy” programme via http://www.mbs.ac.uk/programmes/phd/. The application deadline is 24th March 2017, interviews are expected to be conducted in April 2017. You should indicate in your application that you wish to be considered the Project entitled “Collective Governance and Innovation”.
Documents required for a PhD application to the Alliance Manchester Business School includes:

  • A letter of interest of up to four pages in length outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, understanding of the project, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.
  • A detailed CV
  • Copies of degree certificates and transcripts showing your academic records of marks for courses taken
  • Two academic reference letters, which must be currently dated
  • Candidates may also be required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS/PTE English test score.

For further details about the research project, funding conditions, requirements, structure of the PhD programme and informal inquiries, please contact:
Professor Jakob Edler (Project 2 supervisor jakob.edler@manchester.ac.uk)
Professor Nuno Gil (Project 2 supervisor - nuno.gil@manchester.ac.uk)
If you have questions related to the AMBS PhD admissions process, please contact the Doctoral Programmes Office at: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

Research Impact PhD Scholarships 2017-18 - OPEN

Two PhD scholarships are available for doctoral studies in the Faculty of Humanities, The University of Manchester, commencing 2017-18. The funds are made available through the Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DDAR) from donation to the University of Manchester (please see http://your.manchester.ac.uk/ for more information).
The scholarship value is £19,000 per year for three years to cover tuition fees and maintenance allowance. Additional funding of up to £2,000 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 following of the University’s philanthropic research themes:

  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Graphene and Enterprise
  • Global Inequalities
  • Healthy Futures
  • Discovery

Further information on these themes can be found at http://www.manchester.ac.uk/collaborate/support/priorities/
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: 23rd March 2017

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

ESRC Open Studentship applications - CLOSED

MRes & PhD (1+3) Programme
PhD (+3) 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 2017 through the Business and Management and Accounting and Finance pathways.
Eligibility is determined by the ESRC's eligibility criteria and applicants 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. 

Students who are liable to pay academic fees at the international fee rate are not normally eligible for ESRC Studentships unless their proposed research is recognised as Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM).
This means that UK, EU and international applicants wishing to study in these areas qualifying as AQM may apply for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance.

Criteria
PhD (+3) 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 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 applicants.

How to apply
To be considered for one of these awards, there is a dual application procedure. Candidates must submit BOTH of the following by 3rd February 2017:

However, early applications are strongly recommended.

Enquiries
Details are available on the NWSSDTP website: http://www.nwdtc.ac.uk/how-to-apply/
Contact the Doctoral Programmes Office: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

RADMA Doctoral Studies Funding 2017-18 - CLOSED

RADMA Doctoral Studies Funding 2017-18

The RADMA 2017 Doctoral Studies Programme call is now open to fund students from September 2017 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 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.  

To be eligible for funding, candidates must be accepted for PhD study at a UK university (see “How to Apply” below).  Applications for the funding must be supported by the candidate’s PhD supervisor.  Awards will be granted to and administered through the institution, not individual candidates.  The award will cover costs related to fees and specified living expenses up to a maximum of £18,000 per academic year (pro-rata for part-time students; partial funding is a possibility) and conditional upon the receipt of acceptable annual progress reports.

Please see the RADMA website (www.radma.ltd.uk) for the full call for proposals, RADMA funding application forms, and Terms and Conditions.

How to Apply

To be considered for RADMA funding, there is a dual application procedure. Candidates must submit the following:

followed by

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

For answers to funding questions, please refer to the FAQs on the Funding page of the RADMA website or contact RADMA directly at info@radma.ltd.uk.

University of Manchester President's Doctoral Scholar Awards - OPEN

University of Manchester President’s Doctoral Scholar Awards
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, successful PDS Award candidates are entitled to an additional £1,000 p.a. enhancement to their funded stipend/living allowance.

They will 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. Consideration will be based on academic track record and evidence of research potential.
Only those applicants with an offer of a place on the Accounting and Finance, Business and Management or Science, Technology and Innovation Policy PhD programme for September 2017 entr can be considered.

The next application is: 31st March 2017.
Candidates are advised to submit the application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines will not be considered.

Criteria
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 Distinction. They 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 the proposal submitted as part of the application.

How to apply
To be considered for one of these awards, candidates should submit a PhD application and indicate that they wish to be considered for this funding opportunity.

Enquiries
Contact the Doctoral Programmes Office: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

EPSRC DTP studentships - CLOSED

The Faculty of Humanities is offering 3 full-time PhD studentships under the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) for candidates commencing PhD studies in September 2017. Each studentship comprises full-time tuition fees at RCUK approved rate, an annual stipend starting at approx. £14,500 (subject to confirmation) and £1,000/year research training support grant (RTSG) for the student. Projects aligned to EPSRC’s shortage areas (Engineering, ICT, Materials, Mathematics - particularly statistics and operational research) can be considered for an enhanced stipend.

Eligibility criteria

  • The awards are open to UK and EU candidates.
  • Candidates must have an upper second class honours degree or above and a masters degree with an overall mark of 60% or above, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience. Additionally, they are expected to meet the specific requirements of the intended PhD programme.
  • The proposed research project must be within the remit of EPSRC’s research themes as follow:
  • Digital economy
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Global uncertainties
  • Healthcare technologies
  • Information and communication technologies (ICT)
  • Living with environmental change
  • Manufacturing the future
  • Mathematical sciences
  • Physical sciences
  • Quantum technologies
  • Research infrastructure

Candidates and supervisors should consult the EPSRC website for further details of the eligible research themes and sub-themes (www.epsrc.ac.uk/research/ourportfolio/themes/)

  • Awards can be converted to CASE where the projects have non-HEI collaboration, although the collaborating partner is required to provide significant cash contribution. More information can be found on www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/dta/caseconvert.
  • January starters are eligible but they must meet the applications deadline below
  • Students who have started the PhD are not eligible

Application Process
To be considered for one of these awards, candidates should submit a complete PhD application by 1st March 2017, and indicate that they wish to be considered for this particular funding opportunity.
In addition to the normal supporting documents required with the application, please also submit the following:
1. Research proposal of maximum of 1,500 words (not 3000 words, as stated for normal applications), excluding references. Over-length proposals will be automatically excluded from the Faculty consideration. Please bear in mind that, at interview, academic colleagues will have the opportunity to explore your proposal in greater depth.
2. A separate statement of fit to EPSRC research themes (maximum 250 words)

Decision Process
As a School, we are able to nominate up to 3 candidates of high calibre whose research projects are aligned with EPSRC research theme(s). Applications will first be considered for admission to the programme within the School. If successful, candidates will then be considered for nomination to the Faculty panel for the EPSRC DTP Studentship. School nominations must be sent to Faculty by 28th April 2017.
Applications sent directly to the Faculty Office by the applicant or the supervisor will not be accepted by the Faculty.
The Faculty panel consisting of School PGR Directors and the Faculty Assistant Associate Dean will consider nominations based on:
1. Proposal quality and research potential
2. Academic track record
3. How well the proposed project fits with the EPSRC research theme(s)
The Faculty will communicate the outcome to Schools and send offer letters to successful candidates outlining the award details and conditions.

Enquiries
Contact the Doctoral Programmes Office: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

Alliance Manchester Business School PhD Scholarships 2017-18 - OPEN

Alliance Manchester Business School Doctoral Studentships
PhD Accounting and Finance
PhD Business and Management
PhD Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

Alliance Manchester Business School is committed to recruiting the highest calibre Ph.D. students from across the globe. With an excellent international reputation, we strive to produce graduates and researchers of distinction who attain the highest standards of academic excellence, contribute to their disciplines and typify Original Thinking Applied.

These PhD studentships offer three years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £14,500 per year. Students also receive a generous research support and conference allowance. All students will have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups. In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

Applications are sought 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

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 Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 623 (100 internet based test).

Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to those applicants with an offer of a place on the PhD programme for September 2017 entry.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines will not be considered.

The next application is: 31st March 2017.

The final application deadline, outside of the funding opportunities, for September 2017 entry is 30th June 2017.

How to apply

To be considered for one of these awards, candidates should submit a PhD application and indicate that they wish to be considered for this funding opportunity.

Enquiries

Contact the Doctoral Programmes Office: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

China Scholarship Council - The University of Manchester Joint Scholarship Programme for PhD Study 2017-2018 - CLOSED

China Scholarship Council - The University of Manchester Joint Scholarship Programme for PhD Study 2017-2018
Closing Date: 30 January 2017
The University of Manchester is pleased to announce a formal Agreement with the China Scholarship Council to develop research collaborations between UK and Chinese universities/research institutions.
Benefits

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

Please note: The successful applicants will be responsible for arranging their visa into the country, and The University of Manchester will not be responsible or liable in any way for any successful applicant’s failure to obtain a visa or other requisite paperwork for entry and study in Manchester.
Criteria

  • Candidates will be citizens and permanent residents of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application; overseas Chinese students may be eligible for application subject to CSC policy at the time (CSC publicises the policy in October or November every year);
  • Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their studies and/or research;

Candidates 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

  • Candidates should apply directly for admission to The University of Manchester before 30th January 2017. Candidates should specify in their application that they wish to apply for The University of Manchester/CSC joint scholarship scheme.
  • The University of Manchester will evaluate the candidates upon receiving applications and rank them in priority order.
  • After receiving the offer letter from The University of Manchester, candidates must also apply to CSC for funding by completing an application online for funding by 5 April 2017.
  • CSC will evaluate the candidates according to CSC requirements and priorities, and provide The University of Manchester with a final list of scholarship recipients and inform the successful candidates.

How to Apply

Please be aware that the things you need to do before you submit your formal application may vary according to the programme you are applying for. You can find specific guidance for each subject area on the relevant programme profile.
Please read the Application Checklist carefully, as well as guidance on all supporting documentation needed for your application to The University of Manchester.
Application checklist:

  • Make a note of the application deadline, if there is one. We generally advise you to apply as early as possible.
  • Choose and make contact with your potential supervisor
  • Make sure you have evidence of prior academic qualifications to hand - these will be certificates or transcripts to show that you meet or expect to meet the entry requirements.
  • Provide evidence of English language ability, if English is not your first language. Please note that some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of your programme.
  • Obtain two references - download our referee report form
  • Prepare a research proposal/piece of academic writing, if required. This will be specified on the relevant academic School website.
  • Make a copy of your passport, if you will need a visa to study in the UK.
  • Prepare a personal statement/statement of purpose, if required. This will be specified on the relevant academic School website.
  • Prepare your CV

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