ESRC Wales DTP PhD studentship in Economics

Key facts

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

Cardiff University's Business School, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP Studentship, available to start in October 2017. We expect to make doctoral studentship awards in the areas of:

Depending on previous academic background and research training needs, studentships are available:

  • Normally, as ‘1+1+2 studentships’, involving two full time years of research training, comprising of the MSc Economics (Year 1) and MRes Economics (Year 2) programmes, followed by two years of full-time Doctoral study.
  • In exceptional cases, as ‘1+2’ studentships, comprising of one full time year of research training in the MRes Economics programme, followed by two years of full-time Doctoral study.

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.

Supervisors

These studentships are ‘open’ awards. Applicants should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is appropriate supervisory capacity within the University and to discuss their draft application.

Find out about the research interests of Cardiff Business School staff.

Short descriptions of each accredited pathway are available on the ESRC Wales DTP website.

Pathway convenor, Dr Michael G. Arghyrou, may be able to advise you.

Contact

Michael G Arghyrou

Dr Michael G Arghyrou

Reader in Economics

Email:
arghyroum@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5515

Funding details

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

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

ESRC studentships are highly competitive. Candidates should have an excellent academic background in Economics or an Economics-related subject, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree and an appropriate Master’s degree with an average mark of at least 65%. Applications for 1+1+2 studentships can also be considered from holders of a first-class undergraduate degree in Economics or another first-class degree strongly related to Economics. Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.

Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. EU nationals who had been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3 year period immediately preceding the start date of an award (including for the purposes of full-time education) are eligible for a full award. Other EU nationals are eligible for a fees-only award.

Contact

Michael G Arghyrou

Dr Michael G Arghyrou

Reader in Economics

Email:
arghyroum@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5515

A completed application form for admission to Doctor of Philosophy (Economics) (October Start) in Cardiff University by the deadline of 12:00, 1 February 2017. 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.

The application must contain the following documents:

  1. Covering letter: please address to the relevant pathway convenor (Economics: Dr Michael Arghyrou). 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 of those relating to your proposed research. 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 2+2 or 1+2 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: The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research  proposal:
    1. title, aims and purpose of the research
    2. overview of the academic literature relevant to your field
    3. proposed methodology
    4. academic contributions of your research
    5. references.

Assessment

The closing deadline for applications is 4pm on Thursday 1 February 2018. 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 regards 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.

Contact

Michael G Arghyrou

Dr Michael G Arghyrou

Reader in Economics

Email:
arghyroum@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5515

Funding opportunity provided by:

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Eligible research programmes