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PhD bursaries in Accounting, Economics, Finance and Management

15 June 2017

The School of Economics, Finance and Management at the University of Bristol is pleased to invite applications for PhD bursaries in Accounting, Economics, Finance and Management. Successful applicants will study for a PhD, receive a contribution towards the cost of full-time PhD study, and undertake teaching duties within the School’s teaching programmes.

The awards will be for three-and-a-half years, starting in autumn 2017. For a successful applicant, the scheme will provide a sum equivalent to the current home/EU research student fee for a research student in the School, together with a stipend and teaching income. The combination of the latter two will be approximately £16,000 per annum at current pay rates, paid in instalments. Up to ten PhD bursaries may be awarded, where this figure is a total across the School’s disciplines.

Award-holders will be required to teach around 50-90 contact hours each year and will also be expected to undertake marking/grading duties. Over the teaching year, the total workload is likely to correspond to around 250 hours, where this figure includes contact hours, time allocated to teaching preparation, and marking duties. Awards will be renewable at the end of each year, subject to satisfactory teaching performance, up to a total of three-and-a-half years of funding.

Applicants should hold, or be close to completing, a Masters degree at distinction/merit level (or equivalent qualifications) in a relevant discipline. There are no predetermined research topics, but applicants will need to prepare a research proposal which lies within the interests of one or more potential supervisors within the School. Lists of the supervision interests of the School’s academics, organized by Department, can be found at:

A wide range of further information about the School, including details of faculty members and courses offered, can be found on the School of EFM's website.

Further particulars

Where awarded, the bursary will be paid in each year of PhD study, up to a maximum of three-and-a-half years, while the student remains registered as an active full-time research student in the School and satisfactorily provides the teaching outlined above. The latter will be assessed every twelve months, and hence renewal each year is conditional on meeting the teaching quality requirements. Payment is also conditional on meeting the formal Faculty requirements for progression in PhD study.

The award will not be payable once the PhD has been completed or when a student leaves the PhD programme, and payments will be suspended if the award-holder suspends their studies or switches to part-time registration.

A full bursary (home/EU fees, stipend and teaching income) would not be awarded where a student was in receipt of another source of external funding. In some cases, a partial award could be considered.

Students who are liable to pay the University of Bristol international research student fee would typically have to meet the difference between the home/EU fee and the international fee from another source, but exceptions may be considered.

Application Procedure

Some applicants may already hold an offer of a PhD place in the School that could be taken up in autumn 2017. These applicants should send the emails that are mentioned below. Other applicants should make an online formal PhD application as soon as possible, submitted no later than 5pm on Wednesday 12 July 2017, and email an expression of interest at the same time.

When completing your online PhD application to the School, please note on the form that you wish to be considered for a School bursary. All applicants who wish to be considered for the bursary should email the relevant Department contact given below AND copy the message to to confirm that an online PhD application has been submitted, quoting the application ID assigned by the online system.

The subject line of this email should be ‘PhD Bursary Application’ and the deadline for this expression of interest is 5pm on Wednesday 12 July 2017.

If you have already contacted one or more potential supervisors at Bristol, please include their names on your PhD application.

The School reserves the right to consider applications made after the deadline, and reserves the right not to make awards if no suitable candidates present themselves. Applicants who have not been contacted by the end of August 2017 should assume that their application has been unsuccessful.  

Further information

Informal enquiries may be made in the first instance by email to the relevant contact below.

Department contacts: