ULMS Accounting and Finance PhD Funding Call: October 2024 entry

Reference number: PHD-GTF-ULMS-2024

Research area:

Business and Finance

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Four-year Graduate Teaching Fellow (GTF) studentships in Accounting and Finance

The University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS) is inviting applications from national and international prospective Accounting and Finance PhD candidates with an outstanding academic achievement and research potential, for a number of four-year GTF studentships starting in the 2024/25 academic year.

These studentships provide an excellent opportunity to pursue your PhD studies at one of UK’s leading and internationally recognised research institutions, with outstanding REF 2021 results against 108 ranked Business and Management Schools across the country:

  • 12th for submissions judged as World Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*)
  • 16th for research outputs classified as World Leading (4*)
  • 9th place for Research Power (17 places higher than in 2014)
  • 100% of research supported by a World Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) environment.

A GTF studentship will allow you launch your academic career through substantial financial support for your doctoral programme, while you receive intensive training and mentoring in research and teaching to become a rounded academic.

GTF studentships are an ideal PhD funding option if you are a high performing applicant who holds a Master’s degree (preferably a Distinction grade) in Accounting and Finance.

Financial support

As an Accounting and Finance PhD GTF you will receive:

  • £18,622 maintenance grant*
  • Fee waiver on programme cost at Home rate
  • Top up payment on programme cost at international rate (based on availability), only for overseas students
  • Further access to student support funds in line with the wider doctoral training provision at ULMS.

Training provided

In year one of the programme, you will be required to demonstrate progress in developing your research skills, by completing relevant modules covering different research philosophies and methods.

As a Management School PhD student, you will gain access to globally recognised databases for business research, including:

You will also complete a short teacher training programme by the University of Liverpool, where you will learn key teaching skills for the academic job market, primarily through shadowing and mentored classroom involvement.

During the remaining three years, you will be required to teach alongside completing your doctoral research thesis.

Research themes

We welcome research proposals including, but not limited to:

  • Asset pricing and investment
  • Corporate finance and accounting
  • International financial markets and the macroeconomy
  • Financial technology (Fintech).

When evaluating your application, we will consider:

How to Apply

Apply online for your Accounting and Finance PhD GTF Studentship by completing all sections of the University Postgraduate Study Application Form before Friday 28 March 2024 at 12:00 UK time.

Once you start your application, please:

  • Select the ‘Management Studies’ option as your programme of study 
  • In the ‘Finance’ section, select funding source ‘Sponsor’ and insert ‘PHD-GTF-ULMS-2024 studentship’ in the box below
  • Also include ‘PHD-GTF-ULMS-2024 studentship’ as the first line of your ‘Personal Statement’.

Further information

Please visit the Accounting and Finance PhD page for further information on the programme, how to complete your application, and the additional documentation you must submit.

We also recommend to visit the Management School’s Accounting and Finance subject group page and staff profiles to identify fit with the topic you are planning to study, and contact potential supervisors before the deadline to find out if you can collaborate.

If you would like to discuss the studentships further, please contact Director of Studies, Dr Yang Zhao (Yang.Zhao3@liverpool.ac.uk).

Informal enquiries can also be directed to the ULMS Research Support Team (ulmsphdenq@liverpool.ac.uk).

*Stipend amount of £18,622 for 2024/25 is for guidance purposes only and is subject to change

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