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Management School - Wellbeing in and through entrepreneurship

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

 The Institute of Work Psychology, based at Sheffield University Management School, is seeking applications for a fully funded PhD from exceptional UK/EU/International students with an outstanding academic record (distinction/high merit or equivalent), as well as a proven record in research training.

In 2008, Professor Dame Carol Black's review of work and health in Britain made work and wellbeing an important area of policy interest within UK Government. In particular, the Black review highlighted the importance of the workplace in promoting wellbeing and providing high quality work. The more recent Stevenson and Farmer review (2017) has further consolidated the importance of these relationships.

This project will explore wellbeing in and through entrepreneurship.The characteristics of entrepreneurship and enterprises to understand the working conditions of entrepreneurs and how their complex conditions influence their well-being. This line of research presents an underdeveloped stream of work and well-being research as the focus traditionally is in job design and paid employment. We would welcome PGR applications on the following areas: Understanding and sustaining entrepreneurs' well-being: authenticity and work-nonwork balance; Promoting well-being through work: the role of social enterprises.

The proposed supervisors are Dr Anna Topakas, Dr Kristin Hildenbrand and Dr Andreana Drencheva

Application Process:

Applicants should submit a 1000 word research proposal which directly addresses the theme and/or specific topic to which they are applying. The proposal should contain a brief background to the topic, which demonstrates knowledge of existing work in the field, and potential contributions to knowledge. It should also explain the proposed research methods and include a plan of the research, and a timeline.

Closing date for applications is 17.00 (UK time) on Friday 14 December 2018. Interviews will be in early January 2019.

For more information and to submit an application, visit

Funding Notes

This scholarship is offered on a full-time basis from February 2019 for three years subject to satisfactory progress. It will provide an annual tax free bursary of £14,777 and cover the University tuition fees for UK/EU/international students.

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