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PhD Scholarships for international and home candidates for 2024-25 entry

Durham University Business School offers PhD studentships for exceptional postgraduate researchers with a passion for scientific discovery who wish to pursue a research career in academia, government, research organisations, or in business.  

About the PhD Studentships 

The fully funded PhD Studentships are specifically allocated to the School’s Research Centres . Applicants can view a list of topics that have been suggested by potential supervisors by clicking the links below, although we also encourage topics in other areas linked to these research centres.

Research Centre PhD Opportunities
Centre for Banking Institutions and Development (CBID) CBID Scholarships 24-25 Topics and Contacts
Centre for Consumers and Sustainable Consumption (CCSC) CSCC Scholarships 24-25 Topics and Contacts
Centre for Environmental and Energy Economics (CEEE) CEEE Scholarships 24-25 Topics and Contacts
El Shaarani Centre for Ethical Finance, Accountability and Governance (EEFAG) EEFAG Scholarships 24-25 Topics and Contacts
Experimental Methods and Behavioural Research EMBR Scholarships 24-25 Topics and Contacts
International Centre of Public Accountability (ICOPA) ICOPA Scholarships 24-25 Topics and Contacts
Centre for Leadership and Followership (CLF) CLF Scholarships 24-25 Topics and Contacts
Centre for Macroeconomic Policy (CEMAP) CEMAP Scholarships 24-25 Topics and Contacts
Centre for Organisations and Society (COS) COS Scholarships 24-25 Topics and Contacts
Centre for Strategy, Technological Innovation and Operations (CSTIO) CSTIO Scholarships 24-25 Topics and Contacts
Durham Research in Economic Analysis and Mechanisms (DREAM) DREAM Scholarships 24-25 Topics and Contacts
Centre for Quantitative Research in Financial Economics (QRFE) QRFE Scholarships 24-25 Topics and Contacts


About the PhD Programmes 

We invite applications for entry into our PhD Programmes (full-time and part-time) covering research undertaken in the areas of Accounting, Economics, Finance and Management & Marketing. 

PhD students at Durham University Business School work within a high-quality, research active environment. Durham University is a World Top 100 university league tables and the School holds triple accreditation which places it in the top 1% of business schools globally. 

Our PhD students enjoy close supervision by internationally renowned staff that specialise in their research areas and have access to a wide range of advanced research training courses. Students also participate in top-quality research centre and departmental activities, such as seminar series, workshops, and conferences. 

Funding Details 

The studentships are available for outstanding students from all nationalities. They support a full stipend at UKRI rates (currently £18,622 per year) and full tuition fees for international/home candidates for the duration of the PhD Programme. 

How to Apply 

All details about the application process for PhD Programmes at Durham University Business School can be found here. 

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact members of the Research Centres about their research topic and to seek their advice on developing the proposal they wish to submit. The full proposal (max. 2,000 words) is then submitted along with:  

(1) a University Postgraduate Application Form; 

(2) A current c.v. – max 2 pages;  

(3) Transcripts of past qualifications;  

(4) Two references. 

Submit the documents by the deadline of 8th April 2024 to: 

Department of Accounting:  

Department of Economics:  

Department of Finance:  

Department of Management and Marketing:  

Candidates wishing to apply for a PhD studentship must complete the University's Postgraduate Application Form and submit all other supporting documentation. 

Further background about applying for postgraduate research at Durham University can be found here. 

Online information session - Wednesday 6th March 2024

Prospective candidates are invited to an online information session about the studentship application process on Wednesday 6th March 2024, 11:00-12:00 noon (GMT). The online information session will be held by the Associate Dean (Postgraduate Research Students). Please register here. 


Deadline for applications: 23:59 (London, UK) on 8th April 2024 

Offer: May/June 2024 

Start Date: October 2024 


For enquiries on how to make an application, please contact