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University of Exeter Business School Dean’s PhD Scholarships (MRes/Phd Graduate Assistantship) in Economics


The Business School

About the Programme

The University of Exeter Business School trains world-class researchers who will shape our how we understand and respond to the most important societal challenges.

We have a very generous funding scheme to support the most outstanding students who wish to complete a PhD in Economics or Finance. Successful applicants first receive funding to complete one of the University of Exeter Business School's Research Masters (MRes), which provides a rigorous foundation in the skills that are required to conduct high quality research. Students who meet the PhD entry criteria will then receive funding for full-time study in one of the University of Exeter Business School's PhD programmes.

Students are employed as full-time members of staff of the Business School and receive a (taxable) salary that covers the MRes plus the 3-year PhD, as well as a tuition fee waiver. Students are additionally eligible for funding to support their research, development and conference attendance. The scholarship includes a requirement that students work as teaching or research assistants for 23 days (180 hours) during the MRes and 1 day a week during the PhD. This is a valuable part of your training and will ensure that you graduate from the Business School as a highly skilled researcher and educator. The Programme is run on a full-time basis only. Students will be expected to attend in person.

Students in the Economics and Finance pathway complete the two-year MRes in economics, which prepares students for a PhD in an area requiring a strong grounding in econometrics (e.g., economics or finance). Decisions on PhD topic and supervision will be made towards the end of the MRes, giving students plenty of time to explore a range of topics and to meet the faculty.

[[How to Apply]]

To apply, click on the “Apply Now” button above. You will be asked to complete the application form, and to upload the documents listed below by 31 March 2021. Note, your application will not be considered if you do not upload all of the documents listed below in the specified form; please do not upload any additional documents as they will not be considered.

  1. An essay of no more than 750 words maximum explaining (1) why you are applying for the scholarship, (2) why you are a suitable recipient of the scholarship and (3) your expectations for the MRes + PhD in your chosen pathway.
  2. A CV of no more than 2 pages
  3. The official transcript or certified copy of university grades from all past degrees
  4. The official statement of your GMAT / GRE scores (no more than 5 years old)
  5. If relevant, valid, original Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Cambridge score report (if required).

For Further Information

For more information about the scholarship and informal enquiries, please contact Professor Surajeet Chakravarty (Associate Professor in Economics, Director of Postgraduate Research Students in Economics)


Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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