Funding for postgraduate research programmes in the School of Management
The following are potential sources of funding if you are interested in studying for a Management PhD
The School of Management is pleased to be able to offer four competitively awarded scholarships to outstanding PhD candidates.
The scholarships are open for any research topic broadly aligned with the school research themes. Applications are now closed for October 2021 and will reopen in due time for October 2022 applicants.
The scholarship covers the full tuition fee. It also offers a stipend of approx. £15,500 and teaching income of approximately £2,000 per annum (depending on the actual teaching undertaken). Training in teaching will also be provided through the University’s CREATE scheme and is mandatory for scholarship recipients.
For further information please email the Postgraduate office.
Three student-led scholarships
These full scholarships are available for UK and international applicants from any background who are applying to a postgraduate research degree. Candidates must satisfy the normal entry requirements for PhD study at the School of Management. This scheme is not open to students who have already started a PhD at the University of Bristol. The award will be made for 3.5 years and covers the full tuition fee for UK/international students.
The BAME student-led scholarship (UK applicants only)
Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the School of Management's academic mission. For the 2021-22 academic year, we are delighted to announce a new scholarship for BAME applicants:
This full scholarship is available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, who are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and who are applying to a postgraduate research degree. Candidates must satisfy the normal entry requirements for PhD study at the School of Management. This scheme is not open to students who have already started a PhD at the University of Bristol. The award will be made for 3.5 years.
How to apply
Step 1: Apply for admission
Submit your application (including ethnicity information) by the deadline through the UoB online system.
- You can apply to the PhD scholarship competition online using the Admissions Portal. The application process includes completion of an application form and submission of supporting documentation, including a research proposal; PhD Research Proposal.
- Guidance on how to prepare a research proposal can be found here: information here
- As part of your application, you will need to write a personal statement that sets out your experience, suitability for doctoral study, and motivation for applying to study on the PhD programme.
- If you wish to be considered for a student-led scholarship, please explain why you are the right candidate for this scholarship in the personal statement.
- In addition, in the funding section of the application form, you need to indicate that you wish to be considered for the student-led SoM scholarship.
Following submission of your completed application, you will receive an applicant ID number. Please quote this in any correspondence..
Step 2: Express an interest in the scholarship competition
Once you have submitted this application, you need to complete this short form to be added to the scholarship competition.
Step 1: Interviews for admission will take place on a rolling basis. The last date for interviews is Thur 24th June. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Step 2: Only applicants who receive an offer for admission can be considered for the scholarship. If you have not been notified by 15th July, you should assume that your application for the scholarship has been unsuccessful.
The funded 3.5-year PhD studentship will be based at the University of Bristol’s School of Management, which has a track record in innovative research and developing outputs that inform policy and practice.
The successful candidate will receive research methods training in the first year, tailored to their specific needs. The studentship holder will be expected to contribute to teaching in the department and will be supported by CREATE and or BILT training before they start with their teaching duties.
Applications are now closed for October 2021 and will reopen in due time for October 2022 applicants.
- Applicants should hold a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree and hold or expect to gain a Masters degree with merit, or equivalent qualifications in a requisite discipline
- The funding of this studentship is open to International and UK applicants
- Next cycle to start in October 2022
- 3.5-year award (3 years full-time, pro-rata during the write-up period in Year 4)
- Fee waiver plus UKRI stipend (currently £15,609 per year). The "package" also includes a teaching contract, expected to be of value no less than £2,000 in years 1 and 4 and no less than £4,000 in years 2 and 3
Reshoring as a global shift in manufacturing: how to ensure a sustainable future for business and the environment?
Supervisors: Dr Jennifer Johns, Dr Lucy McCarthy, Dr Alan Arthur, GTMA/Reshoring UK
The contemporary global economy is experiencing unprecedented challenges with a combination of forces – including COVID-19 and BREXIT - driving changes in how and where manufacturing takes place. Combined with political pressure to ‘bring manufacturing home’, strategic decision-making by producers now has to take into account increased vulnerabilities in geographically extensive supply chains. There is therefore significant discussion and rhetoric in academic, industry and policymaking around the ‘reshoring’ of manufacturing ‘back’ to economically advanced economies. Yet, empirically we are limited in terms of data. Current knowledge of reshoring is patchy, comprising of a few case studies without any meaningful sense of the different types of reshoring and how production changes when reshored.
The PhD will empirically investigate – using quantitative and qualitative methods - what reshoring in taking place and contribute to theoretical understandings of the phenomena and unpack its consequences for local economic development and manufacturing capacity in the UK. The sustainability agenda is significant, despite often being overlooked in the reshoring debate, beyond the simple observation that shorter supply chains equal less miles travelled. The relocation of production is an opportunity to reconsider many aspects of the manufacturing process, opening the window to more sustainable practices. These practices include the capacity to build local closed loop supply chains which encompass waste streams as a source of low-cost or no cost raw materials. This project will consider both environmental sustainability and business sustainability – researching and disseminating best practice in how firms can become more resilient in the face of increased uncertainty.
This fully funded PhD will be work in close collaboration with the Gauge and Tooling Manufacturing Trade Association (GTMA), the key organisation behind the Reshoring UK initiative. The studentship will be based at the University of Bristol Management School under the supervision of Drs Johns and McCarthy who have combined expertise in digital transformation, manufacturing supply chains and sustainability in supply chains. The PhD will include the opportunity to work closely with industry, via GTMA/Reshoring networks and via policymaking stakeholders. The PhD could lead to an academic or industry career.
Decent Work and Rooted Cosmopolitans
Supervisors: Professor Peter Turnbull, Dr Huw Thomas
How can activists working for international organizations protect and promote decent work, especially at a time when employment has been decimated and working lives transformed by the COVID pandemic?
The concept of ‘decent work for all’ is central to the work of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and is now rooted in the Sustainable Development Goals. However, the importance of those actors and individuals responsible for the articulation of decent work – in terms of their background and identities, the role of epistemic communities and how they mediate their ideals and motivations that transcend national boundaries – has been given short shrift.
Those who work for international agencies such as the OECD, United Nations, World Bank, and the European Commission are typically characterised as international civil servants who define themselves and their roles in line with an epistemic ideal that emphasises autonomy, trust and horizontal communication both inside and outside the organization, with role perceptions directed primarily towards their expertise and educational background, as well as towards external professional networks (Marcussen and Trondal, 2011). In practice, however, they must remediate tensions between the competing expectations of their roles and use their expert authority to depoliticise particular issues or promote a particular policy agenda.
Consequently, rather than the ideal of an international civil servant, many transnational actors are more appropriately characterised as ‘rooted cosmopolitans’ (Tarrow, 2005) who attempt to bring local policy priorities into the international arena, typically in order to bolster their position back home. This is especially the case for activists working for meta-organisations such as global trade union federations (GUFs) (Garaudel, 2020) and other international organizations that seek to promote the interests of workers (Thomas and Turnbull, 2020).
The aim of this project is to examine how rooted cosmopolitans orchestrate collective action within different epistemic communities in order to promote decent work in a global economy marred by not only the COVID pandemic but a crumbling architecture of global governance and rising nationalism.
The ideal candidate will have a strong background in the social sciences, excellent inter-personal skills, and a commitment to decent work.
The future of work and sustainable business travel
Supervisors: Dr Katharina Burger, Prof Jonathan Beaverstock, Dr Ana Javornik
PhD studentship in the future of work and sustainable business travel: Proximities and mobilities in knowledge-intensive organisations.
The recent pandemic has accelerated the development of platforms that enable immersive virtual meeting experiences. Yet will virtual proximity ever replace physical proximity in knowledge-intensive organisations? The PhD will examine this question and its implications for in-person business travel. Specifically, it will examine the opportunities and limits of virtual immersive meeting experience on interpersonal business relationships, considering experiences of reputation building, trust, and bonding relationships, not only for current business but also for repeat business.
The PhD will involve research with groups and experimental research with human participants and platforms that enable immersive virtual meeting experiences. The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in knowledge-intensive work and mobilities, and an understanding of socio-technical systems perspectives is desirable. Experience with experimental methods with human participants applied to social science contexts, including behavioural studies in human-computer interaction, is a distinct advantage. The successful candidate will be able to work with a wide range of different perspective and values.
Esports Gambling Advertising on Social Media
Supervisors: Professor Agnes Nairn, Dr Jie Sheng
PhD studentship in Esports Gambling Advertising on Social Media: the Impact of Platform, Content, and Social Media Influencers on Children and Young People.
The current review of the Gambling Act 2005 makes gambling advertising a hot topic. Meanwhile, ‘the rise of gaming and esports is (…) the most important cultural phenomenon to happen during our lifetimes’ (Miller, 2019). University of Bristol research (Smith et al., 2019; Rossi et al., 2021) has already established an inextricable link between esports and gambling and its appeal to children. But more research is needed to inform policy and regulation that protects children and young people from gambling harms. We seek a talented PhD student interested in esports, marketing, big data, gambling harms and policy to carry out this research.
We are particularly interested in the impact of two techniques: content marketing and influencers. We welcome proposals to use machine learning and big data analytics to understand and decode how users engage with diversified types of esports gambling content marketing and how the effectiveness differs across digital platforms. We would also like to assess the impact of esports stars as influencers and how they could be used to encourage responsible behaviour within the gambling industry. Proposals for mix-method studies into esports fan culture, esports influencer behaviour and links with gambling promotion and behaviour are very welcome.
ESRC studentships for PhD study
If you are interested in studying for a master's (MSc/MRes) followed by a PhD, you can apply for an ESRC studentship.
These studentships are associated with the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP), a consortium of universities in the south west. The Partnership benefits from the leadership and research knowledge available from five institutions, and builds on the success of the SWDTP, with over 200 ESRC funded researchers.
For some research topics, there may be scope to be considered for support under an interdisciplinary pathway. For example, the Advanced Quantitative Methods pathway may be relevant for those interested in certain kinds of applied research, or in statistical methodology. In the past, management students have also been awarded scholarships in the Sustainable Futures pathway, which is the interface between sustainability, energy and the environment by engaging the latest critical thinking on psychology, behaviour, risk management, critical infrastructure, public regulation, policy studies and the environmental sciences. For more details of the interdisciplinary pathways, please see the SWDTP website.
Deadline for applications: coming January 2022
ESRC studentships - application procedure
The application procedure has three steps for all candidates, as follows:
- Prepare a research proposal. Note that if you are applying for 1+3 funding for an MSc or MRes programme in the first instance, your research proposal only needs to indicate one or two broad areas of interest.
- Submit an online application to either an MSc or MRes programme or the PhD programme (as appropriate) within the School of Economics, Finance and Management, and indicate on the application form that you wish to be considered for ESRC funding. If you have already submitted an application but not indicated this, do not worry; proceed to step 3.
- Email the contacts below with your research proposal as an attachment, a brief statement that you wish to be considered for ESRC funding, and an indication that your online MSc/MRes/PhD application has been submitted. Please also indicate whether you wish to be considered for +3 or 1+3 funding.
Deadline for applications: coming January 2022
Management and Business Studies pathway (Management) - contacts
Candidates in Management should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, copied to email@example.com , confirming their interest in being considered for an ESRC studentship. Please include ‘ESRC studentships’ in the subject line.
Advanced Quantitative Methods pathway
Please see the information on the AQM website.
University of Bristol and Alumni PhD scholarships
For students seeking funding for PhD study in Accounting, Economics, Finance, or Management, one potential source of funding is a University of Bristol Alumni and PhD scholarship. Further information and application procedures.
To be considered for a University of Bristol PhD scholarship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and copy your message to email@example.com. Your email should have the subject line ‘Bristol scholarships’ and consist of a brief statement that you wish to be considered for a scholarship, and an indication that your online PhD application has been submitted by the deadline.
China Scholarship Council (CSC) - University of Bristol Joint PhD Scholarships Programme
This award is for Chinese students who are citizens and permanent residents of the People's Republic of China at the time of application. Deadline for applications: coming January 2022.
The University of Bristol provides full tuition fees for each PhD programme.
The China Scholarship Council provides:
- a stipend (as specified by the Chinese Government)
- a return international airfare between China and the UK
- funding to cover passport and visa fee
For full details and how to apply please visit the information and application procedures pages.
Bristol Digital Futures Institute and Supermassive Games launch PhD for Black heritage students
Bristol Digital Futures Institute, at the University of Bristol, has been set up to drive digital innovation for more inclusive, prosperous and sustainable futures.
The successful applicant will have the opportunity to suggest practical and effective changes within the industry. Known as action research, the PhD student will address problems and trial solutions in real time.
Closing date: 1st August 2021