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 2016


PhD Studentship on "The Northern Powerhouse" and Manchester City Region: Devolution, Innovation and Governance - OPEN

Extended Application Deadline: 30th June 2016

COMMENCING September 2016

A full-time, three year PhD research scholarship, including stipend and tuition fee costs, is available from September 2016. 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 governance of the 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 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 50 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 studentship will start in September 2016 and is available for three years, with a stipend equivalent to RCUK rates (£14,296 per annum tax free for 2016/17), 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 Business & Management programme via http://www.mbs.ac.uk/programmes/phd/. The application deadline is 30th June 2016. Interviews are expected to be conducted in June 2016. 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 contact:
Professor Jakob Edler (Project 2 supervisor - jakob.edler@mbs.ac.uk)
Professor Nuno Gil (Project 2 supervisor - nuno.gil@mbs.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

PhD Studentships on Just Work: Challenges to Developing and Sustaining Decent Work - CLOSED

EWERC and FairWRC Research Centres

Alliance Manchester Business School

University of Manchester

Application Deadline: 20th May 2016

COMMENCING September 2016

Two full-time PhD research scholarships, including stipend and tuition fee costs, are available for September 2016. The scholarships are one part of a wider research programme on ‘Just Work in Greater Manchester’, funded by the Alliance MBS Strategic Investment Fund over three years. The two positions are available to applicants who meet the programme entry requirements and who have outstanding potential as a researcher in the field of employment studies.

The ‘Just Work’ research programme

This new programme of research asks important questions about the UK’s potential to develop and sustain productive and dignified work with a specific empirical focus on Greater Manchester. Four major research questions are investigated: i) How are organisations restructuring work in response to changing technologies and economic conditions?; ii) How are employers responding to the increasingly diverse workforce -reflecting varied life courses, care responsibilities and career expectations?; iii) What new institutions are needed to enforce fair rights and responsibilities at work?; and iv) How are questions of dignity and fairness understood by managers, unions and workers and how do these connect (or not) with wider societal norms? More information is available at www.research.mbs.ac.uk/ewerc.

PhD topics
We welcome all research ideas that connect with one or more of the four main questions addressed by the Just Work programme. It is important that the candidate has a strong theoretical, policy and/or empirically grounded interest in the general theme of decent work. While the PhD research will benefit from working closely with several academic colleagues, it is expected the student will generate independent, in-depth analysis of his or her chosen theme. The choice of empirical method is open. The Just Work programme has a mixed methods approach, combining detailed case studies of organisations, surveys of individuals on the fringes of the formal labour market, interviews with policy-makers, secondary data analysis and country comparisons.

Supervision

The successful candidate will be located in the EWERC and FairWRC centres. With over 50 academic staff, the Centres are leaders in their field, with 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. The successful study will lead to the award of a PhD at the Alliance Manchester Business School. The Alliance Manchester Business School PhD Programme in Business and Management is regularly ranked highly by the Financial Times MBA rankings.
The studentship will start in September 2016 and is available for up to three years, with a stipend equivalent to RCUK rates (£14,296 per annum tax free for 2016/17), 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 Business & Management programme via http://www.mbs.ac.uk/programmes/phd/. The application deadline is 20th May 2016. Interviews will be conducted in the week commencing 6th June 2016. You should indicate (in your application form) that you are applying for the PhD Scholarship for Just Work: Challenges to Developing and Sustaining Decent Work.

Faculty of Humanities Doctoral Studentships 2016-17 - CLOSED

Faculty of Humanities Doctoral Studentships 2016-17

The Faculty of Humanities is pleased to invite applications for Doctoral Studentships for 2016-17 entry from outstanding candidates planning to conduct rigorous, creative and original research in the Business & Management research areas at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Successful candidates will have access to world-class methods training and a comprehensive programme of Researcher Development to support you in becoming intellectual leaders within academia and beyond.

Subject to satisfactory progress, these studentships will cover:

  • Tuition fees 
  • Annual maintenance grant of £14,296 (2016-17 rate)

These studentships are open to home/EU and international students.

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. The doctoral programme consistently ranks in the top 3 globally in the Financial Times MBA rankings.

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
Decision Science
Information Systems
Operational Research
Marketing
Health Management

Organisational Studies
Fairness and Dignity at Work
Organisational Psychology

Data Science
Information Management
Operations Management
Supply Chain Management
Strategy

PhD Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

Innovation Policy Innovation Management

Eligibility

Candidates must apply for a place on the programme they wish to study, submitting a full application form and supporting documents, by Friday 29 April 2016 in order to be eligible for this funding. Application forms are submitted via the University online application form.

Candidates must have a minimum of a Masters degree at merit* level, including merit (60%) in dissertation, course work average of 60% or more and no mark below 50%, plus an IELTS with an overall score of 7, with 7 in writing and no other component below 6. Please see the specific School requirements here.

*Please note: The PhD Accounting & Finance programme requires Distinction level performance at Masters level.

Please note that current PhD students are not eligible for this funding.

Application Process

Eligible applicants must complete and submit their Funding Declaration Form by 29 April 2016 to the School (mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk).

Please note that applicants will not be able to apply for funding unless they have also applied for admission at the University. Existing programme offer holders who wish to be considered for this funding need only to apply by submitting the Funding Declaration Form.

For further information on these studentships as well as the Funding Declaration Form, please see: http://www.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/research/funding/phd-funding-opportunities/

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by mid-June at the latest.

Enquiries

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

Alliance Manchester Business School PhD Scholarships - CLOSED

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.

In celebration of our 50th anniversary and a landmark donation from Lord Alliance, we are offering a significant number of fully-funded PhD studentships to outstanding candidates wishing to commence their PhD studies at Alliance Manchester Business School in September 2016.

These PhD studentships offer three years funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £14,000 per year, with enhanced bursaries up to £20,000 available for outstanding applicants. 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
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 2016.

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 initial scholarship application deadline is: 29th April 2016.

The final application deadline for September 2016 entry is 30 June 2016.

How to apply

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

Enquiries

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

University of Manchester President's Doctoral Scholar Awards - CLOSED

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 2016 can be considered.

The initial scholarship application deadline is: 1 February 2016.

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 the funding opportunities they wish to be considered for.

Enquiries

Contact the Doctoral Programmes Office: 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 Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC), a major collaboration between the Universities of Manchester, Lancaster and Liverpool, is recruiting outstanding candidates for ESRC studentships commencing September 2016 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 NWDTC 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.

The deadline for both the PhD application to the Alliance Manchester Business School (via the online application form) and the ESRC NWDTC application (http://www.nwdtc.ac.uk/how-to-apply/) to lynne.barlow-cheetham@manchester.ac.uk is 1 February 2016.

However, early applications are strongly recommended.

Enquiries

Details are available on the NWDTC website: http://www.nwdtc.ac.uk/how-to-apply/

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

China Scholarship Council - CLOSED

China Scholarship Council-The University of Manchester Joint Scholarship Programme for PhD study 2016-2017

Closing Date: 30 January 2016

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.

Alliance Manchester Business School will support up to two scholarships under this programme.

Benefits

  • For successful applicants, 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.
  • The funding for each awardee will be up to 48 months.

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 should satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC; candidates should refer to the web link: www.csc.edu.cn/Chuguo/

Application and selection process

1). Candidates should apply directly for admission to The University of Manchester before 30 January 2016. Candidates should specify in their application that they wish to apply for The University of Manchester/CSC joint scholarship scheme.

2). The University of Manchester will evaluate the candidates, upon receiving applications and rank them in priority order. By 20 March each year, The University of Manchester will provide CSC and each qualified candidate with a copy of the offer letter.

3). After receiving the offer letter from The University of Manchester, candidates must also apply to CSC for funding by completing an application for funding and employer reference (forms are available online at: http://apply.csc.edu.cn) by 5 April each year.

4). 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.

Applying for Admission to The University of Manchester

1) Application Procedure:

To apply for a postgraduate research programme, you will need to complete and submit our online application form.

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.

2) You can apply online at http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/admissions/how-to-apply/

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 (PDF document, 50 KB)
  • 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

Application form

Follow the link below to begin the application process. You will find instructions on how to apply throughout the form. Apply now >>

3) Further Information:

CSC and UoM will support up to two PhD tuition-fee waivers for study at Alliance Manchester Business School.

The University of Manchester contact for applications to this scholarship programme is:

Shemsah Farooq
International Officer
International Development
Email: shemsah.farooq@manchester.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)161 306 3755

ESRC 1+3 CASE Studentship: Commercialising Disruptive Technologies: Business Models and Strategies for Synthetic Biology (Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, Alliance Manchester Business School) - CLOSED

Application Deadline: 1st February 2016

Applications are invited for a 1+3 ESRC studentship in the Alliance Manchester Business School at The University of Manchester under the supervision of Professor Philip Shapira and Dr. Abdullah Gök. The studentship is in collaboration with Croda International plc.

'1+3' refers to a one-year MRes degree followed by a 3-year PhD programme.

Objectives. This CASE PhD studentship, in a partnership with Croda International plc, will undertake research on new responsible business models and strategies that are applicable to companies engaged in commercialising synthetic biology. This will involve understanding and anticipating market, public, governance, and societal concerns associated with particular synthetic biology applications, considering potential new responsible business models, and assessing strategies for addressing challenges posed by integrating greater openness, transparency, and societal considerations into business innovation processes.

The PhD research project will explore the mix of organisational, engagement, and strategic elements that need to be involved, including consideration of organisational mechanisms for responsible technological innovation, risk management and responsible technological design, and engagement with universities, commercial partners, publics, government, and other stakeholders. The PhD research will also involve assessing strategies for addressing challenges posed by integrating greater openness, transparency, and societal considerations into business innovation processes. The research will examine how Croda and similar enterprises adopting emerging technologies with high potential societal implications realise co-constructed approaches to address issues and challenges of responsibility. In addition to research directly with Croda, the PhD project will benchmark approaches and organisational structures used in other firms.

The research will draw on a diverse literature including innovation studies, organisation science, corporate social responsibility, responsible innovation, and technology assessment. Two categories of methods will be employed. First, advanced quantitative techniques (such as bibliometrics, patent analysis, and social media analysis) will be deployed in landscape analyses to identify key actors, explore technology pathways, and assess emerging societal concerns. Second, in the core of the research, qualitative field observations interviews with informants (at Croda, benchmark corporations, policy and advocacy organisations, and other stakeholders) will be used to understand perceptions, challenges, strategies, and practices related to synthetic biology commercialisation. As well as producing original academic research, the PhD study will lead to the development of a toolkit or guidelines that can aid decision making at Croda and other firms engaged in commercialising emerging technologies.

Croda International plc is a large-scale British speciality chemicals company based at Snaith in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The CASE studentship will build upon and extend Croda’s links with the University of Manchester by focusing on strategic business, innovation and societal issues associated with translating and commercialising research on synthetic biology into the marketplace. The successful applicant will be associated with the Innovation Co-Lab at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research and with the interdisciplinary Responsible Research and Innovation Group (led by Professor Shapira) at the Manchester Synthetic Biology Research Centre for Fine and Speciality Chemicals (SYNBIOCHEM). The academic supervisors will be Professor Philip Shapira and Dr Abdullah Gök.

Students who are interested in this topic and with a first degree from a variety of disciplines including natural science, engineering, or social sciences are encouraged to apply.

Postgraduate training and preparation in innovation management, responsible research and innovation, and policy will be provided through the Master of Research (MRes) Programme at the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS). Advanced PhD research training will be provided through the AMBS Doctoral Programme in Business and Management.

To apply, please complete the following steps:

  • Submit an online application for the MRes programme at the Alliance Manchester Business School. Please follow the application procedure for the PhD Programme.
  • A PhD research proposal is not required as part of your application, as this has already been drawn up. You should make reference to the Croda CASE funding award. You should also submit a letter of motivation (maximum two pages) that outlines why you are interested in the project and how you are suitable for the studentship.
  • For assistance in the application process, email: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk or tel: +44 (0) 161 275 1200
  • The deadline for applications is 1st February 2016, and candidates will be interviewed either at the University of Manchester or via Skype/video link shortly after this deadline.

The studentship commences on 1st October 2016.

Further details are available here >>

For any further queries, please contact Professor Philip Shapira (pshapira@manchester.ac.uk) or Dr. Abdullah Gök (abdullah.gok@manchester.ac.uk).

Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) PhD Studentships 2016-17 Entry - CLOSED

Type of award

Studentship

Managing department

The Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI), School of Social Sciences

Value

  • Fees up to the level charged for UK/EU students (currently £4,052), non-UK/EU students would need to pay the balance in fees themselves). It might be possible to cover the fees for non-UK/EU candidates, but this will only happen in exceptional circumstances
  • £14,210 annual stipend
  • £1,000 annually for fieldwork and conference expenses

Specified use
+3 PhD

Tenable period
3 years full time

Continuation of award
Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress

Fund provider
The Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI)

Level of Study
PhD

Allowed study options
Full-time

Subject restrictions
Studentships are available to candidates whose doctoral research is closely aligned with the research agenda and ongoing activities of the SCI and so applicants are advised to consult the SCI’s website for details of existing and on-going projects (see http://www.sci.manchester.ac.uk/research). We anticipate that most candidates will based in Sociology (SoSS), Geography (SEED) or the Manchester Institute for Innovation Research (MBS).

Candidates must get in touch with potential supervisors to discuss their ideas in advance of making an application.

Academic requirements
Applicants must hold a Bachelors degree equivalent to a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours UK degree. They must also have (or expect to gain) a UK Masters degree (or overseas equivalent) at Merit level (with a coursework/examination average of 60% or more AND a dissertation mark of 60% or more, with no mark below 50%) or above in a relevant social science discipline. Preference will be given to candidates whose Masters degree involves a significant element of social science research methods training, and those who performed at distinction level (70% or higher) or equivalent.

Nationality restrictions
This funding is available to all nationalities.

Application procedure
Applicants should email david.evans@manchester.ac.uk a full CV together with a covering letter and research proposal. Please note that applying for the SCI PhD studentship is separate process to applying for entry to a PhD programme. Successful candidates will therefore also be required to fulfil the normal admissions procedures for the school in which they will be based.

Selection criteria
Academic merit and alignment with the SCI’s research agenda

Selection body
The Sustainable Consumption Institute

Closing date
22nd January 2016

Decision date
March 2016

Contact details for enquiries
david.evans@manchester.ac.uk

Useful links
http://www.sci.manchester.ac.uk/sci-phd-studentships

RADMA Doctoral Studies Funding 2016-17 - CLOSED

Application deadline: 29th February 2016

The RADMA Doctoral Studies Programme call is now open to fund students from September 2016 onwards.   

This award 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.  Applications 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, application forms and Terms and Conditions.

For answers to funding questions, please see our FAQ’s on the Funding page of our website or contact RADMA directly at info@radma.ltd.uk.

EPSRC DTP studentships 2016-17 - CLOSED

Application deadline: 14 March 2016

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 2016. Each studentship comprises full-time tuition fees at the RCUK approved rate, an annual stipend starting at approx. £14,300 (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 of up to £17,000 per year.

Eligibility criteria

1. The awards are open to UK and EU candidates.
2. 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.
3. Depending on the candidate’s residential eligibility, the award can be made as full studentship or tuition fees only studentship. For eligibility guidance, please see www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/Pages/eligibility.aspx.
4. 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/)

1. 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.

2. Students who have started the PhD are not eligible to apply.

Application Process
To be considered for one of these awards, candidates should submit a complete PhD application by the application deadline of 14th March 2016, 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 27th April 2016.

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

Research Impact PhD Scholarships - CLOSED

Apply by 23 March 2016

Two PhD scholarships are available in the Faculty of Humanities for recent graduates of The University of Manchester commencing their doctoral studies in academic session 2016-17. The funds are made available through the Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DDAR) from donation to The University of Manchester.
The scholarship value is £18,000 per year for three years to cover tuition fees and maintenance allowance.

Eligibility criteria

1.Applicants must be currently studying at, or those who graduated from, The University of Manchester within the last 4 years
2. Applicants may be of any nationality and residency status
3. Students who have already started their PhD are not eligible
4. Their proposed research project must be related to the Research Impact priority research theme(s):

    • Energy and Sustainability
    • Enterprise and Innovation
    • Prevention and Screening for a Healthy Future
    • Global Poverty and Humanitarian Assistance

For further details regarding the themes, please see Research Impact priority research themes.

Application closing date: 23 March 2016
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 with the relevant supporting documents. Please also complete and submit the Research Impact Scholarship Nomination Form (as a Word document only) to mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk. All documents must be submitted by the closing date of 23 March 2016.

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