The Business School and the University provide some scholarships and bursaries for postgraduate research students with the Business School, recently having offered six new Doctoral Research scholarships for the 2013/14 academic year.
To find out if you are eligible for any scholarships or bursaries, please visit the University of Birmingham's Postgraduate funding database search.
Economic and Social Research Council funding
The University of Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) is one of 21 across the UK that has been accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
The University is able to offer 22 ESRC scholarships to fund postgraduate training and doctoral research, with both +3 (PhD) and 1+3 (Masters and PhD) funding available. A full ESRC scholarship comprises research fees, relevant bench fees, and an annual Research Council stipend (£13,726 in 2013/14).
Applications for ESRC funding beginning in October 2014 are now being accepted.
Birmingham Business School invites applications for the doctoral programme from critical social scientists from a range of disciplines who are interested in markets,organisations, work and national business systems. We welcome applications from students with Masters degrees in Economics, Geography, Politics and Sociology,as well as Management disciplines, who will analyse business topics from this perspective.
Outstanding students with a strong research proposal will be considered for doctoral studentships funded by the ESRC’s doctoral training centre at the University of Birmingham and studentships funded by the School.
Colleagues are interested in supervising proposals on the following topics:
Decision-making structures in banks
New business models and the financialisation of manufacturing.
New migrant businesses.
Corporate restructuring: causes, consequences and impact on people.
New forms of jobs in post-austerity labour markets.
The implementation and reporting of ‘corporate social responsibility’.
The re-shoring of production to developed market economies.
Social and institutional perspectives on taxation.
Public sector accounting.
The dynamics of foreign direct investment
SME start-up and SME growth
Diversity and business development/growth
The Economics Department would in addition welcome applications from high calibre students hoping to research topics in Macroeconomics and Finance,Econometrics, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, International Trade, Behavioural Economics and Economic Theory and Policy.
To search for topics individual supervisors are interested please see the staff webpages and the FindaPhD database.
How to apply for ESRC funding
Awards are available to home and EU students only, with the exception of Economics, for which international candidates may be considered. Full details on eligibility for these awards can be found in the candidate guidelines below.
ESRC scholarships are offered through an open competition. Candidates interested in being considered for an ESRC award should complete the application form below, returning this by the deadline.
This year a number of the scholarships will be awarded on a College basis, and so candidates are also advised to contact College, School or Pathway leads in the area where they are wanting to study, to find out more about any priorities here, and to explore potential supervision arrangements.
Candidates need to meet the quality benchmark criteria in order to be considered for an award, however meeting the benchmark is not a guarantee of success due to the competitive nature of the competition.
Candidates should also apply for and hold a place to study at the University of Birmingham by the application deadline, and candidates are encouraged to contact the academic pathway lead for their subject area in advance of making an application.
The deadline for applications is 16:00, 15 January 2014.
All candidates will hear the outcome of the competition by 31 March 2014.
College guidance is available on the University Graduate School website.