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VC International Scholarship: Sustainable public procurement – how can we be bolder to meet UN Sustainable Development goals?

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, June 01, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Cardiff University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships for Research Excellence offer seven eligible applicants the opportunity to join our Doctoral Academy community for three years on a full-time basis.

For further information, and information about eligibility and how to apply, please see the main Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship page:

This project is based in Cardiff Business School. The successful candidate will be enrolled on the PhD in Business and Management from October 2020 (please note, funding cannot be deferred). Further details about the PhD Programme at the Business School can be found here:

Sustainable public procurement (SPP) presents an opportunity for governments to work towards UN SD goals. The amount that governments spend on goods, services and works is significant, at around 12% of Gross Domestic Product in OECD countries, and this can rise to 30% in developing countries. Through public procurement, there is the possibility of including social and environmental criteria along with financial considerations when buying for the public sector. In this doctoral research, we suggest a focus on sustainable public procurement in a developing country. Indicative research questions include:
• Are public procurers focusing on the right things in their SPP efforts?
• How can public procurement practice move from a focus on budgetary concerns to life cycle impacts, and from value for money to sustainable value chains?
• How can SPP be bolder to meet UN SD goals?
The method for research can include exploratory interviews, and then a qualitative study involving public procurers in a developing country, or a broader quantitative survey. This research will extend current research on SPP in developed countries, to consider those developing countries that will feel the effects of the UN SD goals the most.

Applicant profile:
The ideal candidate has a specialist Master Degree in Business, Management or related subjects from an internationally renowned University. Applicants with a strong first degree will also be considered. The ideal applicant has the motivation and ability to critically engage with relevant academic literature and conduct primary research using qualitative techniques (training can be offered).

How to Apply:

You should apply for your chosen PhD programme via the University’s online application form. It is advisable that you make contact with your potential School and supervisory team beforehand.

To be considered for the scholarship, you must fulfil eligibility, ensure you complete the University’s application form and:

- attach an academic CV (guidance on creating an effective CV)
- ensure your personal statement gives a strong statement of your research interest, preparation and understanding of the research context and significance
- in the funding section, when asked “Are you self-funding your research?”, select “No, I am not self-funding my research” and indicate you are applying to the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship

To be eligible for the scholarship you must be a national of (or permanently domiciled in) a country in the ‘Least Developed’ or ‘Other Low Income’ categories on the 2020 OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list. Please see the main Scholarship page for further details.

Funding Notes

The Scholarship includes:

- tuition fees for 3 years only.
- annual stipend (in line with UKRI rates, currently at £15,285 for 2020/21) for three years
- your academic School will also contribute towards research costs.

The first quarterly stipend payment will be made shortly after your course commences.
The awards are available to support applicants to our full-time PhD programmes (excluding clinical courses).
They cannot be awarded to students undertaking research on a part-time or distance-learning basis and are not available for any other types of research degree. Continued eligibility for the Scholarship is dependent on satisfactory academic progress.

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