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Economics PhD studentships at a leading university

Postgraduate research students at UEA are more than just researchers. They are junior academics, contributing to first-rate research that makes a difference to the world around them. The School of Economics at UEA is one of the top-ranked economics departments in the UK, proudly combining an internationally-leading reputation for research (Top 10 for Research Outputs in Economics and Econometrics, REF 2014) with the highest standards in teaching and academic support for our students. In the 2019 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, the PhD programme of the School of Economics received excellent scores for satisfaction in all areas, including 99% for “Supervision.

Our students are supported throughout by the UEA Doctoral College, which helps them to achieve their research goals by creating a nurturing environment. Many PhD students at the School of Economics have gone on to careers such as academia, government or international agencies, helping to influence real-world decisions and policy. Wherever you end up, the School's goal is to help you develop your full potential and realise your ambitions.

The School 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 Theory, Applied Econometrics and Finance, and the Environment, Resources, and Conflict.

At least four studentships will be available in 2020/21 to applicants who can clearly demonstrate academic excellence in any area relevant to the research strengths of the School of Economics. Research proposals in any of the School's Research Areas (see below) are welcomed, but this year we are particularly keen to receive proposals in Applied Econometrics and Finance, and Behavioural Economics. Details of projects in these two areas are available here.

There are three main schemes under which you can apply for studentships (see below). All three have identical academic requirements – a strong research proposal in any of the School's fields of interest and good performance on a relevant Masters degree or equivalent. The main difference between these schemes is in the deadlines for application, but competition will be fierce and you are advised to apply as early as possible.

Studentship Schemes and deadlines for Application

ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships:
Deadline: Midday 20 January 2020

Fully Funded PhD Faculty Studentships in Social Sciences: Economics
Deadline: 20 January 2020

Fully Funded PhD School of Economics Studentships
Deadline: 16 March 2020

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. 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.

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.

Please complete the application form to apply for a PhD.


Funding Notes

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 equivalent to those above.

The Studentships cover tuition fees (UK/EU rates), a tax-free maintenance grant (currently £15,009 per year), and a research training support grant. International students are welcome to apply.

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