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
Applications are now invited with the deadline of Monday 4th January 2022, noon BST, to start in October 2022. The bursaries are open for any research topic broadly aligned with the school research themes. The School of Management is pleased to be able to offer four competitively awarded bursaries to outstanding PhD candidates.
The bursary covers the full tuition fee. It also offers a stipend of approx. £15,500 and teaching income of between £2,000 and £4,000 per annum (depending on year of study and on the actual teaching undertaken). Training in teaching will also be provided through the University’s CREATE scheme and is mandatory for bursary recipients.
Further information: Please email the Postgraduate office
Three student-led bursaries
Eligibility: These full bursaries are available for home and international applicants from any background who are applying to a postgraduate research degree at the School of Management. 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 home/international students.
The BAME student-led bursary (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 bursary for BAME applicants:
Eligibility: This full bursary 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 at the School of Management. 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 bursaries competition online using the Admissions Portal (accessed via the 'How to apply' button). 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 bursary, please explain why you are the right candidate for this bursary 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 bursary.
Only applications that are complete by the deadline will be considered.
Following submission of your completed application, you will receive an applicant ID number. Please quote this in any correspondence you have with the University of Bristol.
Step 2: Express an interest in the bursary competition
Once you have submitted this application, you need to complete this short form to be added to the bursary competition.
Step 1: Interviews for admission will take place on a rolling basis. The last date for interviews is 14th February 2022. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Step 2: Only applicants who receive an offer for admission can be considered for the bursaries. If you have not been notified by 30th March, you should assume that your application for the bursary 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 open. Deadline 6th Jan 2022.
- 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
- 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
How to apply
- Submit your application for the Management PhD programme (including ethnicity information) by the deadline through the UoB online system.
- You can apply to the PhD bursaries competition online using the Admissions Portal (accessed via the 'How to apply' button). The application process includes completion of an application form and submission of supporting documentation.
- 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 supervisory-led bursary, please explain why you are the right candidate for this bursary 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 supervisor-led School of Management bursary.
- Only applications that are complete by the deadline will be considered.
- Following submission of your completed application, you will receive an applicant ID number. Please quote this in any correspondence you have with the University of Bristol.
Climate Change and the Social Entrepreneurship of Vegan Communities of Practice on Social Media
Recent years have seen ever-growing public attention drawn to the effect of meat consumption on adverse climate change. At the centre of the ongoing discussion lies the proposal of introducing sustainable diet, for example the replacement of meat consumption with vegan and plant-based diets.
The PhD project aims to investigate (1) how Communities of Practice (CoPs) that promote vegan and plant-based eating habit may shape public discourse on climate change on social media; (2) to what extent their activities online may influence public policy making on sustainable food consumption. Discussions about everyday practices of food consumption in relation to climate change can be highly controversial. How CoPs promoting vegan and plant-based eating deal with this controversy and influence public belief about climate change, whether they contribute to fuel further misinformation or whether they drive more sustainable choices in food consumption, are among the main questions that this PhD project will seek to answer.
The PhD studentship offers an exciting opportunity to explore and apply computational research methods (e.g. social media and text analytics, visual network analysis) in combination with qualitative research to investigate complex social phenomena. The PhD will advance the field of management by contributing to research on collaborative views of social entrepreneurship and show how CoPs, by facilitating the collective learning of daily practices on social media, can be agents of social change.
Decent work and global labour governance after COVID-19
The research project will examine the role of global labour governance actors, institutions and mechanisms in promoting, protecting, and preserving decent work along global value chains (GVCs) after COVID-19. The rise of GVCs, increasing power of transnational corporations (TNCs), declining power of unions and ineffectiveness of state regulation has sparked a burgeoning interest in global labour governance, its mechanisms, outcomes and its political dynamics. As COVID-19 has spread along GVCs it has not just exposed the fragility of our economic relationships but also the broader social relations of exploitation.
Despite flourishing scholarly work on a number of governance mechanisms, such as codes of conduct, multi-stakeholder initiatives, global framework agreements, certification schemes and trade agreements with a social clause, much remains unknown about how different forms of labour governance emerge, evolve, intersect and interact across levels and domains especially in times of crisis. What new mechanisms have emerged or evolved in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic? Has the effectiveness of existing institutions and mechanisms in promoting decent work been undermined or enhanced? To what extent has the role of workers, employers, TNCs, consumers, governments and international organisations in global labour governance changed?
This fully funded PhD scholarship will be based at the University of Bristol School of Management under the supervision of Dr Huw Thomas and Professor Peter Turnbull who have combined expertise in labour standards, regulation and decent work along GVCs. The preferred candidate will have a strong background in the social sciences, excellent inter-personal skills, and a strong commitment to the promotion, protection and preservation of decent work.
Creating decent work: exploring the role of the solidarity economy
This call for research proposals focusses on decent work and underemployment as a problem, especially among the young. It links the long-established problems with decent work / underemployment (Waddell and Burton, 2006) to the role that the solidarity economy can play in addressing this issue. The long-term nature of the dominance of poor quality and low skill work in the UK, combined with a reinforcement of these qualities via the austerity agenda, impacts of Brexit and of Covid-19 mean that it is vital to find different ways in which to put in place decent and appropriate employment. Such employment can be broadly defined as including co-operatives and community benefit societies, social enterprises, community interest groups, volunteering, and community activism. Collectively known as the ‘solidarity economy’, these structures include an understanding of mutually beneficial forms of engagement and support that prioritise social profitability over economic and financial gains.
The research questions to be asked as part of the proposed research could centre around studies of existing solidarity economy projects or comparative case studies. They could be Bristol, UK based or international case study(ies). Sample areas of investigation include, but are not limited to the following:
- The role of worker co-operative(s) in creating decent work for young people
- Mutual self-help as a political response to austerity
- The role of platform co-operatives as an alternative to the gig economy
- How can we think differently about work? Exploring the solidarity economy
The methods to be employed should be qualitative, preferably co-produced with the participants as the research methods should reflect the ethos that underpins the subject matter. The area of work can cover considerations of any sector, with the proviso that the organisation / topic must be part of the solidarity economy (broadly defined).
Socially Responsible Management Consultancy
Management consultancy is often influential, but also heavily criticised for its ethics (e.g. how it ‘over-sells’) and its wider social responsibility (e.g. what it sells). There is, however, no research which seeks to address both these issues. This scholarship is a fantastic opportunity to combine theory and practice, working with a leading consultancy researcher and experienced PhD supervisor.
Some external organisational advice will always be needed, but global challenges such as climate change and corruption scandals around consulting have further questioned its market-based focus. However, alternative approaches, motives and organisational forms are emerging which aim to be more ethical and socially responsible – a ‘normative turn’. This project calls for proposals which address the following broad questions: to what extent is socially responsible management consultancy possible, how can it be achieved and what are its challenges?
There is some flexibility for candidates to shape how these are engaged with, but preference will be given to proposals from academically strong candidates (e.g. a very good Masters dissertation in a related discipline) which:
- Include primary data and will be mostly/exclusively qualitative in methodological approach (including mixed methods)
- Are grounded in organisation studies as a primary field, but likely also to draw on public administration; policy studies, politics and/or sociology of organisations/occupations for theoretical focus
- Connect explicitly with critical and practitioner literatures on consultancy and professional services as well as areas such as alternative organisations; social responsibility/sustainability and business ethics.
- Engage with relevant user groups (e.g. consultants, large and small firms, clients, citizens and/or policy makers).
The following are options, but we are open to other areas of focus: reward systems; ‘alternative’ forms of organisational structure and governance (e.g. BCorp, ‘ethical software’ and technologies of market transparency); organisational or project cultures and socialisation.
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.