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Fully Funded PhD Studentships in Social Sciences:
Business Management


Eligibility: UK/EU/International

Deadline 21 January 2018

Faculty of Social Sciences Graduate School Research PhD Studentships are offered to prospective candidates for the academic year 2018/9.

The Studentships will be available under the Scheme to applicants who, in their research proposal, can clearly demonstrate academic excellence in areas relevant to the strategic interests of the Norwich Business School.

Please see our Academic Profiles for the research interests of individual members of staff.

The Studentships cover tuition fees (UK/EU rates), a tax-free maintenance grant (currently £ 14,553 per year), and a research training support grant. International students are welcome to apply; a small number of studentships will be available to cover full international fees.

Applications for all studentships are invited from suitably qualified graduates. Candidates applying for a PhD studentships should hold, or expect to hold, relevant undergraduate (2:1) and Master’s degrees (65%) including some research experience. 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.

To be considered for this 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 an open studentship under the Postgraduate Studentships Scheme. In the application you should indicate whom would be a potential supervisor. Please contact either the postgraduate admissions tutor, Dr Min Zhang, or your potential supervisor to discuss and develop the best possible proposal and application.

To discuss the application process, please contact the UEA PGR Office - email: pgr.enquiries.admiss@uea.ac.uk- tel: (01603) 591709. Please click to access the application form to apply for a PhD.


UEA Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship/Post-doctoral Research Fellowship 

The Centre for Competition Policy is collaborating with the Norwich Business School to offer a two-part recruitment process which could lead to either a one year post-doctoral research fellowship in NBS or a 3 year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship  in CCP.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding early career academic or final stages doctoral student whose research interests fall within the area of competition policy and regulation.

Step one of the selection process would lead to an offer of a one year post-doctoral research fellowship in the Norwich Business School with the obligation to apply, before 1 March 2018 and with the support of CCP senior academics, to the Leverhulme Trust for a 3-year Early Career Fellowship. Should this second part be successful, then the NBS post-doctoral research fellowship offer would be retracted and replaced by the Leverhulme Fellowship.

Candidates must meet the minimum criteria set by the Norwich Business School and the Centre for Competition Policy, as well as the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship’s eligibility criteria, all of which are outlined in the further particulars and which, in addition to the research interests already mentioned, include but are not limited to having submitted your doctoral thesis between 1 March 2014 and 1 March 2018.

Both posts are available from 3 September 2018 on a full–time fixed term basis.

Application Deadline: 18 December 2017


Further Particulars can be accessed here

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Postgraduate Scholarships at Norwich Business School

Enterprising Homes, Enhancing lives in Housing Association Neighbourhoods (BIKAU17)

Dr Z Bika

Type of programme: PhD
Application Deadline: 18 December 2017
Start date of project: April 2018
Mode of study: Full time

Social innovation refers to new ideas that work in meeting social goals (Mulgan et al., 2007). The INCREASE VS project (2017-2020) is a social innovation project with 11 housing association partners located in the France (Channel) England region (FCE). It is funded by the INTERREG V Programme and aims to inspire economically inactive residents, living in social housing neighbourhoods across the FCE region, to start micro enterprises and get jobs. It is an innovative 6 step training and support pathway for 4,000 economically excluded people in Housing Association (HA) neighbourhoods. It uses resident ambassadors and incentive schemes to drive interest from such communities and develops a new web based support service to nurture cross border, business to business support that creates a sustainable project legacy. UEA’s role in the project includes impact evaluation work combining a review of social housing data, findings from structured questionnaires and more qualitative findings from key-informant interviews and case studies. The evaluation objective is to track the participants’ journey in trying out micro-enterprises, securing employment and engaging in personal development progressions. Within this context, social value is approached as difficult to measure (Mulgan, 2010). The proposed PhD studentship provides additional academic research capacity to support the project’s evaluation work and generate new insights into the local socio-economic and cultural dynamics that underpin the life course of those HA residents furthest away from the labour market. It will involve work with HA residents (developed in consultation with the PhD candidate) to produce a scholarly social science study into entrepreneurship and social innovation among marginalised communities.

To see more information on the supervisor for this project, please visit the profile of Dr Z Bika

Entry requirements
Applications for this studentship are invited from suitably qualified graduates.
Candidates applying for a 3 year studentship should hold or expect to hold a Masters qualification (which includes training in research methods and a independently researched dissertation) in a relevant subject area. A portion of the research for this project will take place in France so applicant’s language skills will be taken into account.

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.

Funding Notes

The studentship is open to Home/EU cover tuition fees (UK/EU rates), a tax-free maintenance grant (£14,533 for entry during 2017/8), and a research training support grant. The Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) position provides a studentship for doctoral research studies along with offering teaching experience and other support to help fast-track academic careers while at the same time gaining a PhD. The successful candidate will be enrolled on the Developing Teaching Skills module as part of this studentship.


i) Mulgan, G., Tucker, S., Ali, R., and Sanders, B. (2007). Social innovation: what it is, why it matters and how it can be accelerated. Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship: Working Paper. Working Paper, Oxford Said Business School..
ii) Mulgan, G. (2010) Measuring social value. Stanford Social Innovation Review 8 (3): 38-43.


Graduate Teaching Assistant – PhD Studentship Scheme

Norwich Business School - Faculty of Social Sciences

Deadline for all applications is 30th April 2018

Norwich Business School (NBS) is investing in three-year PhD Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) studentships. These studentships are open to Home and EU students only.

The School is looking for five GTAs in the following research and teaching areas (please refer to https://www.uea.ac.uk/norwich-business-school/research/research-areas for details):



Employment Systems and Institutions;

Responsible Business Regulation;

Innovation, Technology and Operations Management;

Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy.

Studying for a PhD under an NBS GTA studentship will be a life changing experience, equipping you with the expertise, knowledge, skills and experience to fast-track a successful academic career. GTAs are registered as PhD students, rather than as staff members, but participate as valuable members of the NBS academic team delivering its taught degree programmes and other activities while pursuing their own research studies under supervision.

Your doctoral research is your primary objective, but you will be given the opportunity to develop a set of other skills and experiences that are also necessary. This will include participating in the delivery of NBS undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including seminars, tutorials and marking.

The key components of the NBS GTA Scheme are as follows:

Full tuition fees (home/EU level of fees)

A tax-free maintenance grant (currently £14,533 per year)

Conference and training fund £1000 per year

Developing Teaching Skills: 20 credit Masters’ module, which is a part of the Higher Education Practice (MA HEP)

Develop teacher training relationships with teaching mentors in addition to your PhD supervisors

Be a member of NBS's vibrant and exceptional academic community Be provided with a workspace, computing facilities, access to extensive resources (including staff common rooms in the TPSC), inclusion in regular research seminars and a web profile/homepage as an NBS GTA

Entry Requirements

Upper second (2:1) undergraduate degree and a good merit Master’s degree (65%). Applicants with a background outside social sciences are also welcome but may be required to undertake additional training during their PhD studies.

English Language: If English is not your native language, you must fulfil the Language Requirements for research degrees (IELTS 7.0 at least 6.5 in each component)


Please refer to the UEA PGR application page for the details about the application process 

Informal Enquiries

For an informal discussion please contact:

Norwich Business School PGR Director; Dr. Min Zhang (m.zhang1@uea.ac.uk)


ESRC SeNSS Studentships


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 ESRC, UEA will be offering fully-funded doctoral studentships over the next six years across 12 different training pathways.

For Further information, please see the ESCR SeNSS studentships website

Applications for 2018/19 entry will be open from the 2nd October 2017. For queries related to ESRC SeNSS, please contact the PGR Service via senss.dtp@uea.ac.uk

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