Studentships Studentships

At least four studentships will be available in 2020/21 to applicants who can clearly demonstrate academic excellence in any area relevant to the research strengths of the School of Economics. Research proposals in any of the School’s Research Areas  are welcomed, but this year we are particularly keen to receive proposals in Applied Econometrics and Finance, and Behavioural Economics.

There are three main schemes under which you can apply for scholarships (see below). All three have identical academic requirements – a strong research proposal in any of the School’s research areas and good performance on a relevant Masters degree or equivalent. The main difference between these schemes is in the deadlines for application, but competition will be fierce and you are advised to apply as early as possible.

Candidates should typically hold, or expect to hold, a first degree with a minimum of 2:1 and a good Master’s degree with research methods training appropriate to the discipline, with a dissertation mark of at least 65%. Candidates applying for a 1+3 studentship should hold, or expect to hold, a relevant undergraduate degree. Candidates who have studied outside of the UK should typically hold, or expect to hold, qualifications at an equivalent level to those mentioned above. Candidates will be interviewed, usually via telephone or Skype, as part of the selection process. EU and International applicants may be required to provide evidence of competence in the English Language.

The Studentships cover tuition fees (UK/EU rates), a tax-free maintenance grant (currently £15,009 per year), and a research training support grant. International students are welcome to apply.

ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

Deadline: Midday 20 January 2020

Applications have opened for 1+3 (Masters and PhD) and +3 (PhD only) ESRC studentships starting in 2020/21. The deadline for applications to be submitted to UEA is midday on Monday 20 January 2020.

Details of how to apply for student-led SeNSS studentships can be found on our How to apply pages.

Applications are also open for the supervisor-led SeNSS studentship competitions.

For any queries related to SeNSS please contact UEA's PGR Service via

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Fully Funded PhD Faculty Studentships in Social Sciences: Economics Fully Funded PhD Faculty Studentships in Social Sciences: Economics

Deadline: 20 January 2020

The Social Sciences Graduate School is pleased to announce that it will be awarding at least seven Faculty fully funded PhD studentships. All the awards cover full international fees and up to three of the studentships may combine an approved research Master's course and a PhD (4 years total funding).

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Fully funded PhD School of Economics Studentships Fully funded PhD School of Economics Studentships

Deadline: 16 March 2020

Please note that, although these School Studentships have a significantly later deadline, competition will be intense and we encourage you to apply, if possible, early enough to be considered under all three schemes.

To be considered for an award, you should make an application for admission to a PhD in the normal manner, but you should indicate the intention to be considered for these studentships. Please look at our website for supervision and research interests in the School of Economics: Economics: Research Degrees (PhD/MPhil) - University of East Anglia (UEA).  Feel free to contact the Postgraduate Research Admissions Director, Professor Stephen Davies, if you wish to find out more about supervision possibilities.

To discuss the application process, please contact the UEA Postgraduate Research Office - email: - tel: (01603) 591709. Please access and complete the application form to apply for a PhD.

Behavioural and Experimental Economics Studentship 1 Behavioural and Experimental Economics Studentship 1

The School of Economics will be prioritising a PGR studentship for research in the area of experimental economic investigations. These investigations could lie in any area of experimental economics. Additionally, we are interested in expressions of interest to work in the context of competition analysis and consumer demand estimation.

The successful PGR student will be supported by the world-class expertise in experimental and behavioural economics found in CBESS and the School of Economics and the longstanding expertise and involvement in competition policy found in UEA's Centre for Competition Policy (CCP). UEA and the School of Economics have a tradition in excellent teaching (TEF Gold) and a track record in fruitful PhD student supervision.

We invite candidates with a first degree of minimum of 2:1 and (prospective) Master's degrees with appropriate research methods training to express their interest in applying for this studentship. At this stage, no research proposal is required. Please provide a CV and a brief letter of motivation, detailing how a PhD project would build on your academic/professional training and how it could shape your future (max. 500 words).

Expressions of interest to be sent by 15 November 2019 to

Dr Stefan Penczynski (Associate Professor in Economics and CBESS Director)

Behavioural and Experimental Economics Studentship 2 Behavioural and Experimental Economics Studentship 2

The School of Economics will be prioritising a second PGR studentship in the area of “"Understanding Sharing Behaviour: Models and Evidence". 

The performance of groups, such as companies and organizations, often depend crucially on its members being willing to help each other. This is sometimes known as organizational citizenship or extra role behaviour. Such behaviour can often not be regulated via a formal contract, and this raises several questions: How can helping behaviour be promoted? What are the economic and behavioural determinants of helping behaviour? How is the decision to help shaped by variables such as (sunk) cost, entitlement, desert, expected gratitude, social image concerns, procedural fairness, repeated interaction, third party observability, and on how the helper and helpee interact and communicate with each other?

Expressions of interest can be sent to Dr Anders Poulsen.

Applied Econometrics and Finance Studentships Applied Econometrics and Finance Studentships

The School of Economics will also be prioritising a PGR studentship for research in the area of Applied Econometrics and Finance.  Members of this Research Group have identified two particular research areas in which they are particularly keen to attract applicants.  These areas are:


1. The Econometrics of Cryptocurrencies

The emergence of cryptocurrencies is a relatively recent development in financial markets, and presents very exciting opportunities for econometric research.  There are many aspects of this research that could form the basis of a strong PhD. 

The focus of the econometric analysis will be the time series data on the prices, or returns, of the various cryptocurrencies available on the market.  The data might be low-frequency (e.g. daily closing price) data, or it might be high-frequency (e.g. 5-minute) data, so methods for modelling high-frequency data could become the focus of the research.  At a basic level, the focus is likely to be on testing market efficiency using cryptocurrency returns.  At this level, one aspect in which we are particularly interested is the role of investor attention, measured by for example Google Trends Search Volume.  Another aspect is that of assessing the potential for cryptocurrencies to become useful in hedging and diversification.  At the next level, the focus moves to models of varying volatility.  Of particular interest is models in which several returns appear together, and volatility spill overs can be identified and quantified.  Models such as multivariate GARCH fulfil this role.  We are particularly interested in the application of copula methods to this problem, since the copula framework is ideal for capturing the unusual tail behaviour that is evident when following cryptocurrency returns.  At the next level, we are interested in the interaction between the cryptocurrency market and monetary policy.  This relationship is clearly interesting, partly because cryptocurrencies allow users to circumvent capital controls and managed exchange rates, meaning that the emergence of cryptocurrencies may have reduced the effectiveness of monetary policy.  Another interesting question is, given that monetary policy does impact on cryptocurrency returns, which central banks have the greatest impact?

Expressions of interest can be sent to Prof Peter Moffatt.


2. Consumer Attitudes to Environmental Degradation

In recent years, the ways in which consumers have responded to environmental or climate-related news stories have, at times, been both drastic and powerful.  The responses to single-use plastics, the ever-expanding vegan movement and the emerging concerns over producer ‘green-washing’ are just some examples of where consumer behaviour is demonstrating a desire for market adaptation.  The economic community surely needs to learn from these actions.  Subsequently, this is a call for doctoral research to enhance our understanding of how and why consumers will respond to environmental crises, and to forecast the next ‘green movements’ to emerge.

This project area aims to identify the attributes that characterise consumer behaviour in green markets.  For this, an interdisciplinary suite of research methods would be required in order to predict how such markets evolve and understand why and at what point consumers feel a desire to change their habits.  This studentship remains relatively broad at this stage, and we welcome and strong ideas which fit into the realm of consumer action with regards to sustainability.  However, it could consider factors such as the direct economic impact for industry, the attitudes and beliefs surrounding sustainable consumerism and/or the implications for environmental policy.

Expressions of interest can be sent to Dr Mike Brock.