PhD Fee Waiver Bursary


Application closing date: 9 September 2022

About the award

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 funding to support the research 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.

About the project

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.


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 PhD bursary is open only to UK nationals.

Application process

To apply for the studentship please download the application form. Completed applications should be emailed to the Doctoral College Admissions Team, using the following format in the email subject line: “Business School_PhD bursaries_YOUR NAME”.

With your application, you will also need to provide:

  • 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 email Ms Anna Hammerin for enquiries regarding research degrees at the University of Hertfordshire, and general queries on the application process. For enquiries concerning this bursary and the Business School please contact the Doctoral Research Tutor, Dr Francesca Gagliardi.

Application deadline: 9 September 2022. Interviews will take place on the week beginning 26 September 2022.