Ph.D. Fee Waiver Bursary


Closing application date: 15 November 2022

Interview dates: Week beginning 28 November 2022

Start date: To be confirmed

About the Awards

Applications are invited for a Ph.D. fee waiver bursary in the Hertfordshire Business School at the University of Hertfordshire. The bursary is offered on a full-time basis (subject to satisfactory progress). It provides a full tuition fee waiver for three years and the opportunity to undertake teaching related activities in a relevant area for suitable candidates on a paid basis. Additional research funding will also be available to support fieldwork costs and appropriate conference attendance.

The successful applicant will be part of a stimulating research community which will fully support them on their path towards academic excellence, reflecting the enhanced position of the School in the recent Research Excellence Framework in Business and Management. Ranked 1st globally for overall research student satisfaction for Business and Economics research degree programmes (2019 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey), the University of Hertfordshire is also ranked 10th globally for postgraduate research student satisfaction (2021 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey). Our ambition is to nurture and develop the next generation of Business and Management researchers alongside our ambitious and dynamic colleagues.

Programme outline

Applications are welcome on any research topic and specialism in the following disciplinary areas:

  • Accounting
  • Business analytics and technology
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human resource management
  • Management (especially small firms and entrepreneurship)
  • Marketing
  • Operations research
  • Tourism and events

We also welcome interdisciplinary applications across those areas that connect with other areas of research such as health management, ageing, neurodiversity, sustainability, the circular economy, household debt and the standard of living crisis.

Applicants may find it helpful to look at the nature of current research in the Business School.

Applicant requirements

Applicants should hold at least an upper second-class honours degree in a relevant discipline. A masters degree in a relevant field will be advantageous.

This Ph.D. bursary is open only to UK nationals and permanent residents (i.e. indefinite leave to remain).

How to apply

Applicants are required to provide the following documents:

  • a completed application form
  • a research proposal of up to 2,000 words
  • two academic references
  • copies of qualification certificates and transcripts
  • certification of English language competence (minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

Please send completed applications to the Doctoral College at, using the following format in the email subject line: “Business School_PhD bursaries_YOUR NAME”.

For enquiries regarding research degrees at the University of Hertfordshire, please email Ms Anna Hammerin. Ms Hammerin can also answer general queries on the application process.

For enquiries concerning this bursary and the Business School please contact the Doctoral Research Tutor, Dr Francesca Gagliardi.