Funding: Fully funded (UK/EU/International students)

Project code: ECFN5100220

Department: Economics and Finance

Start dates: October 2020

Closing date: 23 February 2020

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three year PhD to commence in October 2020.

The Project

The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Business and Law, and will be supervised by Dr Ali Sina Onder, Dr Sercan Ozcan and Prof Lester Hunt.

Successful applicants will receive a bursary to cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for three years and a stipend in line with the RCUK rate (£15,009 for 2019/2020). As part of the bursary the Faculty of Business and Law may fund fieldwork expenses (currently £2,000) over the total period of PhD study. We also offer funding to attend conferences (currently £550), training (currently £450), and a work-based placement (currently a maximum of £3,000 tied up to the period of 12 weeks).

This project aims to investigate the linkage between research funds and scientific outputs. To provide specific recommendations for funding policies and strategies, this study will focus on the UK. To gain a better understanding of how research funding affects research output in a broad set of emerging fields and hence to increase the efficiency of funding, this project proposes to investigate causal linkages between funding related variables (i.e. size, type and frequency of funds) and output related variables (i.e. number, quality and dissemination of outputs).

The work on this project could involve:

  • analysing the causal relationship between research funding and (a) the quality of output, (b) patterns of collaboration between co-authors or co-inventors and (c) diffusion and pervasiveness of research
  • investigating the extent, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of inter-disciplinary research funding by analysing causal links between researchers’ academic background, impact of their research and the level of funding
  • documenting research funding profile and characteristics in the UK and developing a funding policy to increase the efficiency of the funding mechanisms in the UK.

Entry requirements

General admissions criteria

You’ll need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university (minimum upper second class or equivalent, depending on your chosen course) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. In exceptional cases, we may consider equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Specific candidate requirements

We welcome applications from highly motivated prospective students with a background in economics, econometrics, information management, or computer science and other relevant disciplines with an interest in the proposed research. Familiarity with data science and bibliometric methods is desirable (not essential). We encourage prospective students to design their own research strategies depending on their interest and core skills.

Find out more about the project, the Supervisors and how to apply

Funding Information

Funding applies to:

UK, EU and International students.

Application Deadline:

23 February 2020

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