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Economics PhD Scholarships
£14,296 (the annual stipend) plus a research support allowance of £2,250
Up to three
Social Sciences
Entry date
11 September 2017


The Department of Accountancy, Economics and Finance is offering up to three PhD scholarships to start in the academic year 2017-18. 

The term of the scholarships is three years (full-time). Successful candidates will be expected to make a contribution to activities in the Department in return for a fee-waiver, an annual maintenance allowance (currently set at £14,296 for 2016-17) and a research support allowance of £2,250 over the registered period of study.

Scholarships are available in the area of Economics.    Potential supervisors are listed below under the area in which they are willing to supervise PhDs, plus, in some cases (i) more specific issues/questions they are willing to supervise within those areas, and/or (ii) one or more particular projects on which they would be willing to supervise PhDs.

Dr Claudia Arvena

I am interested in supervising PhD projects mainly in the areas of Energy and Environmental Economics. Also, students with interests in the area of applications of Behavioural Economics into energy and the environment. Some of the topics I would be interested in supervising would be renewable energy, electric vehicles, energy consumption, energy efficiency, smart grids, policy instruments, conservation of biodiversity, ecosystem services, environmental policy and other topics that include the use of environmental valuation (stated preference techniques such as contingent valuation, choice experiments, contingent behaviour among others) and field experiments.

Professor Arnab Bhattacharjee

Spatial economics and/or econometrics; economics/econometrics of networks; urban and housing economics; regional economics. (a) growth and convergence; (b) spatial and sectoral disaggregation and inequality; (c) spatial structure of health and healthcare; (d) urban structure and its endogenous evolution; (e) monetary policy committees, particularly the Federal Open Markets Committee.

Dr Prabir Bhattacharya

Development economics. i) interface between development and gender; issues of fertility, child mortality and demographic outcomes

Professor Joe Byrne

Commodity Prices; Yield Curves; and Exchange Rates

Dr Atanas Christev

Macroeconomics, statistical learning, applied econometrics and labour economics.

Professor David Cobham

Macro/monetary policy frameworks and the economic performance associated with them in high-income, emerging market and developing countries; monetary policy and the Eurozone crisis; monetary policy and asset prices.

Dr Philippe LeMay-Boucher

Development Economics; applied micro-econometrics; public economics

Dr Robert Mochrie

Microeconomic theory and applications, especially in the areas of behaviour, religion and culture, Scottish economic history 1750 – 1900 and the history of economic thought (before 1900).

Dr Catherine Porter

Development economics

Professor Mark Schaffer

Econometrics and applied econometrics; applied microeconomics and microeconometrics; industrial organisation and firm behaviour, labour economics, energy economics, quantitative criminology, economic history.

Dr Cristina Tealdi

Labour economics, Labour mobility, Economics of migration, Applied econometrics.

Deadline for applications

All applications must be submitted by 5 June 2017.

Entry requirements

All applications will be reviewed within the relevant department with a shortlisting decision made based on qualifications, the research proposal and the availability of a supervisory team. Scholarship applicants must have the equivalent of a Masters degree with an average mark of 65% or higher.  Applicants who are unsure if their qualifications meet the minimum criteria should contact the PhD student administrator to discuss their  application ( Please note that possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee shortlisting for interview.

How to apply

Please submit your application via the online portal.

Please state clearly on your application that you are applying for a PhD scholarship.

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

1.   Research proposal (approximately 5 – 8 pages)  

The research proposal should contain as much as possible of the following: an introduction or outline of the proposed topic; a statement of objectives and/or specific research questions; a summary of some of the relevant literature which supports the research objective(s); an indication of the intended research methodology; an indication of the theoretical structure and/or conceptual outline; a provisional timetable of the major phases of the research process; results expected from the research e.g. practical value of the research or possible contributions to knowledge or policy or methodology.  At this stage we are not looking for a definitive document but merely an indication that you have thought through most of the above issues. Please note that work submitted may be subject to screening via plagiarism software.

2. 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.

3. English language requirements

If you have not already studied a degree programme that was taught and examined in the medium of English we require evidence of language proficiency.   For IELTS: the minimum overall IELTS score is 6.5 with no score lower than 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.  

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4. References

If you have references available these should be submitted with your application.  If they are not currently available please ensure that you provide the names and contact details, including email addresses, of two academic referees on the application form.

Candidates should also submit a Curriculum Vitae.

Queries may be directed to


C. Murray