Henley Business School at the University of Reading invites applications for PhD Scholarships in Finance at ICMA Centre in 2020.
Henley Business School holds triple-accreditation status and enjoys a reputation for high-quality academic and applied research. It is part of the University of Reading, consistently rated among the UK’s most research-intensive institutions.
They seek highly motivated individuals with an appropriate academic background (generally a Distinction at MSc level in a finance-related subject) from a good university. They encourage applied and relevant research and our strong connections with many financial firms allow students to gain industry experience during their doctoral research if they wish.
Worth of Award
- They offer funding for up to 10 PhD studentships of full fees plus up to £15,000 living allowance.
- All scholarships are awarded for 1 year and are renewable for another 2 years, subject to progress.
- Successful candidates will receive research training, will be required to take relevant University courses on teaching and embed that learning by acting as teaching assistants
The key requirements for a successful application are:
- Top grades in your Master’s degree (minimum requirement is Merit or equivalent, but we prefer Distinction)
- Top grade in your Masters Dissertation (or equivalent research-based piece of work) because this may show your research attitude and skills
- Very well developed research proposal. This is a document of at least 6/7 pages where you:
- identify the motivation of your study
- place it within relevant literature highlighting the current gap and potential research questions
- state your intended methodology show understanding of the data (if any) necessary to accomplish your study and relevant sources. This aspect will also reveal the feasibility of your study.
- A reasonable intended timeline reflecting issues you may encounter in the study as presented above (for example, if you have to collect primary data, the time spent on data collection will be much longer than the one you would spend if you intend to use secondary data sources)
If English is not your first language, you may be required to take one of the following:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language): Overall score of 100 with no less than 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading and 21 in Speaking
- IELTS (British Council International English Language Test): Score of 6.5 overall with no component less than 6 when attending the 6-week pre-sessional English course offered by the University of Reading. Entry to this pre-sessional course with a score of 6.5 fulfils your English language requirement.
How to Apply
The application process normally consists of three main steps:
- Formal application
- Before applying formally you may want to contact a potential supervisor who is working in your area and could be interested in your topic
- Please avoid contacting multiple faculty members simultaneously. they do talk to each other and this is not seen as a professional practice.
- An evaluation of your suitability for the programme based on the documents you uploaded in your application.
- If you meet the entry requirements and we can match you with a supervisor you will be formally interviewed to assess your suitability to pursue a PhD at the ICMA Centre.
Deadline: Scholarships are allocated on a rolling basis, apply as early as possible, final deadline for applications is June 30, 2020.