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University of Exeter Business School Dean’s PhD Scholarships (MRes/Phd Graduate Assistantship) in Economics

The starting salary will be from £27,511 up to £34,804 on Grade (E), depending on qualifications and experience.

Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

The University of Exeter Business School – Economics

Scholarship Description
The University of Exeter Business School trains world-class researchers who will shape our how we understand and respond to the most important societal challenges.

We have a very generous funding scheme to support the most outstanding students who wish to complete a PhD in Economics or Finance. Successful applicants first receive funding to complete one of the University of Exeter Business School’s Research Masters (MRes), which provides a rigorous foundation in the skills that are required to conduct high quality research. Students who meet the PhD entry criteria will then receive funding for full-time study in one of the University of Exeter Business School’s PhD programmes.

Students are employed as full-time members of staff of the Business School and receive a (taxable) salary that covers the MRes plus the 3-year PhD, as well as a tuition fee waiver. Students are additionally eligible for funding to support their research, development and conference attendance. The scholarship includes a requirement that students work as teaching or research assistants for 23 days (180 hours) during the MRes and 1 day a week during the PhD. This is a valuable part of your training and will ensure that you graduate from the Business School as a highly skilled researcher and educator. The Programme is run on a full-time basis only. Students will be expected to attend in person.

Students in the Economics and Finance pathway complete the two-year MRes in economics, which prepares students for a PhD in an area requiring a strong grounding in econometrics (e.g., economics or finance). Decisions on PhD topic and supervision will be made towards the end of the MRes, giving students plenty of time to explore a range of topics and to meet the faculty.

How to Apply
You need an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, with a final grade in the top 10% of your graduating class. Most incoming students also hold a Masters degree. You need to give details of two referees. They should be faculty members who know your work well and can judge your research potential, such as previous supervisors or academic tutors. You can also attach a CV of up to two pages long. The essay forms an important part of the application, so ensure that you give this sufficient attention. You must submit a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score that is no more than five years old. You are unlikely to gain admission with a GMAT score below 690. GRE quantitative and analytical scores should be above the 90th percentile.

To apply, click on the “Apply Now” button below. You will be asked to complete the application form, and to upload the documents listed below by 21 January 2021. Note, your application will not be considered if you do not upload all of the documents listed below in the specified form; please do not upload any additional documents as they will not be considered.

1. An essay of no more than 750 words maximum explaining (1) why you are applying for the scholarship, (2) why you are a suitable recipient of the scholarship and (3) your expectations for the MRes + PhD in your chosen pathway.
2. A CV of no more than 2 pages
3. The official transcript or certified copy of university grades from all past degrees
4. The official statement of your GMAT / GRE scores (no more than 5 years old)
5. If relevant, valid, original Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Cambridge score report (if required).

Application Timeline
• Applications are due by 31st of March
• Short-listed applicants are invited to interview and psychometric testing in April - May
• Orientation for new students takes place in mid-September

Short-listed applicants will be invited to an interview in April or May to meet faculty and discuss their candidacy. You do not need to contact faculty members before you make an application. Decisions on supervisors are only made towards the end of the MRes, so you will have plenty of time to get to know faculty. We do encourage you to read the faculty profiles on our website to see if faculty in the School have research interests relevant to what you wish to do.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity at Exeter

With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Since 2019, the university has also signed an Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating the University’s commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

For Further Information
For more information about the scholarship and informal enquiries, please contact
Professor Surajeet Chakravarty (Associate Professor in Economics, Director of Postgraduate Research Students in Economics)

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