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Centre for Social and Economic Data Analytics (CSEDA) PhD Studentships: Economics and Accountancy & Finance

  • Amount: £16,062 annual stipend for three years (increased each year in line with UKRI studentships), plus tuition fees waived and a research support allowance of £2,250
  • Level: Postgraduate research
  • School: Social Sciences
  • Entry date: 31 October 2022 and/or 09 January 2023
  • Closing date: 31 August 2022   

Heriot-Watt University seeks to offer two competitive PhD scholarships for students starting their PhD research in the 2022-23 academic year.  We are looking to engage prospective candidates in any field of economics, econometrics and finance or other cognate quantitative discipline.  The scholarship sits within the newly established Centre for Social and Economic Data Analytics (CSEDA), where we provide excellent research supervision and facilities and development opportunities to promote and support PhD research growth.  In addition, the PhD student would be expected to engage in a variety of training and activities supported by the School, and throughout the University's Research Futures Academy.

The Centre for Social and Economic Data Analytics (CSEDA) brings together empirical and data-driven quantitative research across the full range of business and economic studies.  Much of the Centre’s activity is organised within four focused research groupings: the Energy Markets Group (EMG), the Quantitative Methods Lab (QML), the Centre for Finance & Investment (CFI) and the Marketing Analytics Group (MAG).  Other CSEDA active research areas include macroeconomics, monetary policy, international finance, banking, corporate governance, behavioural science, and labour markets.

The studentship includes a tuition fee waiver and an annual stipend currently set at £16,062 for the academic year 2022-23. The duration of the studentship is three years. We also offer a research support allowance of £2,250 over the registered period of study. In addition, full-time scholarship holders are normally offered the opportunity to undertake a modest amount of paid teaching support each academic year.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Atanas Christev (A.Christev@hw.ac.uk) (for Economics) or Andrea Eross (A.Eross@hw.ac.uk) (for Finance) to enquire informally about the research proposal. We encourage applicants to check out the research interests of our academic staff and identify potential supervisors by visiting https://www.hw.ac.uk/ebs/research/social-economic-data-analytics.htm and click on “Our Members”.

Successful candidates must be of outstanding academic merit and research potential.  Candidates must have a UK first class or 2:1 honours degree at undergraduate or similar international level and an MSc Economics / Finance.

How to apply

Please select either PhD Economics or PhD Accountancy & Finance and submit your online application via https://www.hw.ac.uk/study/apply/uk/postgraduate.htm.

Please ensure that you include the name of the potential supervisor(s) on your application. 

If you are unsure of who to name as your potential supervisor please contact Atanas Christev (A.Christev@hw.ac.uk) (for Economics) or Andrea Eross (A.Eross@hw.ac.uk) (for Finance) for further guidance.

In order that your application can be processed, please ensure that all the supporting documents listed below are submitted with your application:

  • Research Proposal - An outline research proposal (max. 600 words or two pages).  This should clearly identify the proposed research question and modes of inquiry you wish to pursue establishing a topic and potential supervisor(s).
  • Academic Transcripts and Degree Certificates - Copies of full academic transcripts from all previous academic degree courses and copies of degree certificates for degrees already awarded. If you are currently pursuing a degree course, please provide all available marks to date. If your degree is from a non-UK institution, please provide evidence of the UK equivalency of your qualification
  • Curriculum Vitae - A full CV should be submitted.
  • Covering Letter - A brief covering letter outlining why you want to study for a PhD at Heriot-Watt University, and what makes you an excellent candidate.

In addition, candidates for whom English is a second language should meet the University’s minimum English-language requirements.  If you have not already studied a degree programme that was taught and examined in the medium of English, the minimum overall IELTS score is 6.5 with no score lower than 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. 

Interviews will take place by the end of September, and will be conducted via video conferencing (e.g. Zoom or similar). Interview support for those with disabilities will be available where required (e.g. a BSL interpreter).

If you have any general queries about the applications process, please contact soss.pgr@hw.ac.uk.