Birmingham Business School Doctoral Scholarships

The University of Birmingham’s Business School (BBS) is renowned for its research. With over 200 lecturing and research staff, many internationally recognized authorities in their fields, our research contributes to academic debates worldwide.

We are pleased to announce full-time PhD scholarships commencing in the 2020-21 academic year in the Departments of Accounting and Marketing.These are focused on the School’s three core research themes: responsible business; work inclusivity; and regional economic development. Potential topics have been identified in the following departments:

Find out more about our doctoral programmes.

Who is eligible?

The scholarships are available to candidates of the highest academic calibre who wish to conduct doctoral level study on one of the research topics advertised. A full scholarship is equivalent to an ESRC studentship and covers Home/EU fees (£4,380) plus a living allowance (stipend) of £15,285 per annum for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. For applicants outside the EU, a full scholarship normally equates to £19,655 covering full fees and providing a contribution towards living expenses.

A successful applicant will be expected to have or expect to achieve a very good undergraduate degree (minimum of a 2:1, preferably a first class honours) in a Business or relevant subject. For those who already hold, or expect to achieve, a master’s degree this should be of a very good standard (at merit, or preferably distinction, level) in a Business or relevant subject. Their references will attest to qualities of academic achievement and research potential that make the candidate stand out above their peers. They may have already won academic prizes within their home institutions and /or internationally. Applicants whose first language is not English must also satisfy our minimum language requirements (of 7 IELTS with no less than 6.5 in any component).

Applications will be assessed on (a) the quality of the candidate’s academic achievements and preparedness for doctoral level study; (b) the quality of the research proposal; (c) the potential to contribute to cutting edge research; and (d) the match of the proposal to the selected topic. 

Guidance on preparing a research proposal is available on the Birmingham Business School Scholarship application form. Since we are recruiting to specific topics, all applicants are strongly advised to contact potential supervisors and to discuss their proposal with them prior to online submission.

If you are currently a final year undergraduate or master’s student, an offer of a scholarship will be conditional on the successful completion of your studies at the required level.

How to apply

Please note that this scholarships scheme has now closed for the new acadmic year.