ESRC Wales DTP Collaborative PhD Studentships in Management and Business

Key facts

Application deadline 1 February 2018
Start date October 2018
Duration 4 years (1+3) or 3 years (+3) full-time or the equivalent part-time
Funding body ESRC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 2

Cardiff Business School, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (DTP), invites applications for funded PhD study. These particular studentships, known as ‘collaborative studentships’ involve liaison with a non-academic organisation, often at many key stages of the research programme.

The following collaborative studentships are have been approved by ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (DTP):

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

Research is conducted both within the Schools' sub-disciplinary groups as well as via specialist and multidisciplinary research centres. Cardiff Business School has an international faculty of world-leading scholars and its research reputation has helped it become an attractive centre of scholarship for colleagues from the UK and beyond.

The School also has a strong and active PhD programme, with 150 PhD students studying at the School at any one time. A substantial proportion of these students are funded by scholarships obtained from funding bodies including the ESRC, EPSRC and a number of private sector organisations.


PhD Programme Office, Cardiff Business School

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Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Additional funding offered This funding includes an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities and overseas institutional visits.

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second class honours degree, or appropriate Master’s degree with an average mark of at least 65%. The University values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community.

We welcome applications for both full and part-time study, and studentships are available as either ‘1+3’ (e.g. one full time year of research training Masters followed by three years of full-time Doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3’ (e.g. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant.

Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.


PhD Programme Office, Cardiff Business School

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You are applying for a place at Cardiff University and the chance to be entered in an ESRC Wales DTP open competition for a studentship award.

Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the PhD in Business Studies with an October 2018 start date.

Applications should be submitted by the deadline of 16:00, 1 February 2018. Incomplete applications or applications received after this specified time will not be accepted

In the “Funding” section of the Online Application Form, please indicate that you are applying for an ESRC PhD studentship.

Your application must contain the following documents:

  1. Covering letter (up to two pages): Please address to the relevant supervisor of the project (see above). The covering letter must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University, and specify your chosen pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly how these relate to the description of the project supplied. The covering letter should be no more than two pages, and can be uploaded to the “Personal Statement” section of the Online Application Form. Please also specify which pathway you will be applying to and whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis.
  2. Academic / professional qualifications: this includes transcript of marks and degree certificate (if available).
  3. Proof of English Language Competency if English is not your first language: We require an overall minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS, with a score of 6.5 for each category except for writing where we require a score of 7.0.
  4. References: All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and request a reference to be  submitted. Please ensure your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline and have submitted their references by this date.
  5. Curriculum vitae: It should be no longer than two pages.
  6. Research proposal: For collaborative studentships, the proposal should build directly on the outline description of the projects that has been supplied. The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including bibliographic references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:
    1. Your reflections on the title, aims and purpose of the research.
    2. Your proposals for developing the design and methods of the study.
    3. A description of potential outcomes of the project for understanding, knowledge, policy and practice (as appropriate to the topic).
    4. Bibliographic references.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place in February/March 2018. After interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to a Panel convened by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. In most cases, successful applicants can expect to hear by mid-April 2018.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.


PhD Programme Office, Cardiff Business School

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Eligible research programmes