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PhD Studentships in Economics

Fees 2017/18
Home/EU: £4,195
Overseas: £14,800

There are three schemes under which you can apply for scholarship in the academic year 2017/8 (see below). All three have identical academic requirements – a strong research proposal and strong performance on a relevant Masters degree. The main difference between the schemes is in the deadlines for application, but competition will be fierce and you are advised to apply as early as possible.

The Studentships will be available to applicants who, in their research proposal, can clearly demonstrate academic excellence in areas relevant to the strategic interests of the School of Economics. The School of Economics is a lively, research-oriented department, committed to excellence in high quality research and teaching. The School has a strong international reputation in Behavioural Economics and in Industrial and Competition Economics, and boasts rapidly expanding research clusters in Economic TheoryApplied Econometrics and Finance, and the Economics of Conflict. Click to access details of our Economics Research Areas.

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (2014) rank the School of Economics 8th among Economics departments for research outputs (Times Higher Education). 91.8% of the School’s research output is scored as either “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”, compared with an average score of 77% across all other Economics departments.

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 £14,296 per year), and a research training support grant. International students are welcome to apply; a small number of the studentships will be available to cover full international fees.

Studentship Schemes and deadlines for Application

ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships:

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The University of East Anglia invites applications for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded studentship awards for the 2018-19 academic year. As a member of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS), a social sciences focused research and doctoral training partnership (DTP) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UEA will be offering fully-funded doctoral studentships over the next six years across 12 different training pathways.

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Applications for 2018/19 entry will be open from the 2nd October 2017. For queries related to ESRC SeNSS, please contact the PGR Service.

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Fully Funded PhD Faculty Studentships in Social Sciences: Economics

Deadline: 30 January 2017

Fully Funded PhD School of Economics Studentships

First Round Deadline: 30 Jan 2017

Second Round Deadline: 24 April 2017

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.


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