PhD funding

Financial support for PhD students.

We offer a significant number of fully-funded PhD studentships to outstanding candidates looking to start in September 2017.

Contact the Doctoral Programmes Office:
+44 (0)161 275 1200

Funding opportunities for 2017 entry

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).


The successful candidate is expected to satisfy the entry requirements of the AMBS PhD programme.

View PhD entry requirements >>

How to apply

Submit an online application for the full-time PhD programme in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.

Apply now >>

The application deadline is 24 March 2017, interviews are expected to be conducted in April 2017. You should indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for the Project entitled 'Collective Governance and Innovation'.

Further details

For further details about the research project, funding conditions, requirements, structure of the PhD programme and informal inquiries, contact:

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 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
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:


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

For queries regarding the PhD programme and application process, please contact the Doctoral Programmes Office at Alliance Manchester Business School:

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 2017 through the Business and Management and Accounting and Finance pathways.

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.

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. You must submit BOTH of the following by 3 February 2017; however, early applications are strongly recommended:

Further details >>

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

The award is focused on supporting research in 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.  You are expected to have a Masters degree in a relevant field or an excellent first degree or equivalent. 

You must have been accepted onto the PhD programme – see the ‘How to Apply’ section below.  Applications for the funding must be supported by your PhD supervisor.  Awards are granted to, and administered through, the institution; not individual candidates.  The award covers 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 is 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 20 January 2017. You should indicate in your application that you are applying for RADMA funding;
  2. A RADMA funding application form (with supporting documents, specified by RADMA) via email to by 28 February 2017

If you have any further questions about this funding, visit the Funding page of the RADMA website or contact RADMA directly at

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 2017 entry.

Application deadline: 31 March 2017

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.


  • 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.

The University’s Faculty of Humanities is offering 3 full-time PhD studentships under the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) for candidates commencing their PhD in September 2017.

The studentship includes:

  • Full-time tuition fees at RCUK approved rate
  • An annual stipend starting at approx. £14,500 (subject to confirmation)
  • A research training support grant (RTSG) of £1,000/year

Projects aligned to EPSRC’s shortage areas, including engineering, ICT, materials, mathematics (particularly statistics and operational research), can be considered for an enhanced stipend.


  • The awards are open to UK and EU candidates.
  • You must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree and a Masters degree with an overall mark of 60% or above, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience. You are also expected to meet the specific requirements of the intended PhD programme.
  • Depending on your residential eligibility, the award can be made as full studentship or a tuition fees only studentship. Read more >>
  • Your 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

Further details on the eligible research themes and sub-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. Find out more >>
  • If you start in January you are still eligible, but you must meet the applications deadline below.
  • Students who have started the PhD are not eligible

How to apply
You need to submit an Alliance MBS PhD application by 1 March 2017 and indicate that you wish to be considered for this funding opportunity.

In addition to the standard supporting documents, you also need to submit the following:

  • A research proposal of 1,500 words maximum (not 3000 words, as stated for normal applications), excluding references. Over-length proposals are automatically excluded from consideration. At interview, academic colleagues will have the opportunity to explore your proposal in greater depth.
  • A separate statement of fit to EPSRC research themes (maximum 250 words)

Decision Process
We are able to nominate up to 3 candidates of high calibre whose research projects are aligned with EPSRC research theme(s).

Applications are firstly considered within Alliance MBS. If successful, you will then be considered for nomination to the Faculty panel for the EPSRC DTP Studentship. School nominations must be sent to Faculty by 28 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 Postgraduate Research Directors and the Faculty Assistant Associate Dean will consider nominations based on:

  • Proposal quality and research potential
  • Academic track record
  • 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.

These PhD studentships offer 3 years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £14,500 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

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).

The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants with an offer to start the PhD Programme in September 2017.

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.

The next scholarship application deadline is 31 March 2017. The final application deadline, outside of the funding opportunities, for September 2017 entry is 30 June 2017.

How to apply

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

Closing Date: 30 January 2017

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.


  • 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.


  • 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 before 30 January 2017. 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 by 5 April 2017.
  • 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 (; +44 (0)161 306 3755)

“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.

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.


  • 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, how to apply >>

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 ( or Jill Rubery (

Application deadline: 25th April 2017

At the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS, University of Manchester) there is an exciting opportunity for PhD research. The School has allocated a three year PhD scholarship to study sustainability transitions in global value chains. This project is embedded within a research consortium that includes researchers from Yale University (USA), Lund University (Sweden), UniAndes (Colombia) and FGV (Brasil). The PhD studentship will be hosted by AMBS, and supervised by Professor Frank Boons. The student will work in collaboration with all consortium partners.

Research area: sustainability in global value chains

One of the key global challenges is to transform existing systems of production and consumption in a way that improves their social and ecological sustainability in the various geographical spaces in which they occur. Research on global value chains indicates that the distribution of economic, social and ecological value is uneven, favouring Western countries. This research has led to fragmented insight into the ways in which this unevenness might be overcome (Boons, Baumann, & Hall, 2012; Gereffi & Lee, 2012). In parallel, research on sustainability transitions has led to increased understanding of the various pathways through which systems of provision can become more sustainable (Boons, 2009; Geels & Schot, 2007). In this research the geographical component is largely absent (Raven, Schot, & Berkhout, 2012).

Through a three year research collaboration between University of Manchester, Yale University. Lund University, UniAndes and FGV, we intend to study the particular ways in which one possible avenue to increased sustainability, that of the circular economy, manifests itself in the business models of economic actors in global value chains. This research builds on the expertise of 2 collaboration partners in (1) circular economy (more specifically, the closing of material and energy flows), (2) sustainable business model development, (3) transition research, and (4) improving sustainability in the context of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

Within the context of this collaboration, a PhD project can be developed to perform empirical research. There is the option (with secure access to actors in the GVC) of an embedded case study (Scholz & Tietje, 2002; Yin, 2013) in the flower industry, looking at the way in which this global value chain (GVC) has evolved in terms of sustainability, and what evidence exists of pathways towards sustainability transitions which include the establishment of circular material flows. Within the GVC, sustainability is contested in several ways (mainly due to the negative impacts associated with transporting flowers from Colombia to markets in the USA and Europe). At the same time this industry provides a significant source of income in Colombia and other Latin America countries. As an embedded case study, historical and contemporary transitions in this production and consumption system can be understood as the interplay between evolving business models of firms, national socio-economic policies, and efforts at various scales (local, regional, national and international) to improve sustainability.

Interested applicants are invited to propose alternative and complementary ideas about empirical research, as long as they fit with the general theme of sustainability in global value chains, and are firmly embedded in the context of Latin America.

Boons, F. (2009). Creating ecological value: An evolutionary approach to business strategies and the natural environment. Creating Ecological Value: An Evolutionary Approach to Business Strategies and the Natural Environment. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Boons, F., Baumann, H., & Hall, J. (2012). Conceptualizing sustainable development and global supply chains. Ecological Economics, 83.
Geels, F. W., & Schot, J. (2007). Typology of sociotechnical transition pathways. Research Policy, 36(3), 399-417.
Gereffi, G., & Lee, J. (2012). Why the World Suddenly Cares About Global Supply Chains. Journal of Supply Chain Management, 48(3), 24-32.
Raven, R., Schot, J., & Berkhout, F. (2012). Space and scale in socio-Technical transitions. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 4, 63-78.
Scholz, R. W., & Tietje, O. (2002). Embedded case study methods: Integrating quantitative and qualitative knowledge. Sage.
Yin, R. K. (2013). Case study research: Design and methods. Sage publications

We invite excellent Masters students with a dedicated research interest that fits with the following requirements to apply to start the PhD in September 2017:

Academic eligibility:

Other requirements:

  • A solid interest in circular economy and sustainability, in relation to Low and Middle Income countries in Latin America;
  • Excellent grades in master courses on business administration and/or areas closely related to the description below;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish (fluency in Portuguese is welcome);
  • Proven ability to communicate ideas in written text;
  • Willingness to travel to, and do fieldwork in, Latin America;
  • Willingness and ability to collaborate with other researchers.


  • 3-year duration
  • Payment of tuition fees at the Home (UK/EU) rate. In the case of international candidates, application for additional funds required will be facilitated by Professor Boons.
  • An annual Maintenance Stipend (£14,553 in 2017/18)

How to Apply
To apply for the studentship, please submit an online application for the full-time “PhD Business & Management” programme

You should indicate in your application form that you are applying for the PhD STUDENTSHIP on “Sustainability transitions in global value chains: enhancing circular economies”
Your application should consist of:

  • A letter of interest providing a concise presentation of your research ideas in relation to the description below.
  • 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.

As well as applying online as detailed above, please also send a copy of your application to

Please be aware that this will be a competitive selection process which will include an interview round.

If you have specific questions about this scholarship, please contact Frank Boons (

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