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The University of Liverpool’s newly established Brett Centre for Entrepreneurship is inviting applications for up to three fully-funded PhD studentships. 

The entrepreneurship field of research is booming and we are especially interested in applications in three main areas: ‘place’; ‘people’; and ‘performance’.


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We are not overly prescriptive in terms of specific projects or their methodologies, as we are looking to appoint creative and talented students who can contribute to the development of the Brett Centre and its exciting new environment.


However, proposals may seek to use existing concepts within these areas, such as eco-systems, social inclusion and innovation, or draw upon related fields outside the entrepreneurship domain to help in the development of theory and practice.


More details of the Brett Centre for Entrepreneurship can be found here.


Successful candidates will receive an annual stipend of £15,609* plus a fee waiver to cover four years of full-time stipend and tuition fees. 

Overseas students will receive fees at Home rate (a possible top up payment may be available for International candidates, subject to availability); the maintenance grant for Overseas and Home students is the same amount.


Reference: PHD-BRETT-ULMS-2022


The University of Liverpool Management School is inviting applications from prospective PhD candidates with an outstanding academic achievement and research potential for three Brett PhD Student Fellowships in Entrepreneurship in the 2022/23 academic year (start date 1st October 2022).


The University of Liverpool Management SchoolThe University of Liverpool Management School is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to hold the gold standard triple-accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.


The School is currently divided into six subject groups:

  • Marketing,


  • Operations and Supply Chain Management,


  • Strategy,


  • International Business & Entrepreneurship,


  • Work Organisation & Management,


  • Accounting & Finance, and Economics.

The groups are responsible for the teaching and assessment of individual modules, but the School is responsible for Research Degrees as a whole and for the progress of students and award of degrees.


ULMS has approximately 216 academic and research staff.


ULMS staff have an international background. Examples of countries represented by ULMS include; Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Turkey, UK and USA.


How To Apply

Applicants must complete all sections of the University Postgraduate Study Application Form.


Applications to be made via the University of Liverpool Apply Online, system, selecting programme of study Management Studies




In the Finance section select funding source Sponsor and insert ‘PHD-BRETT-ULMS-2022 studentship’ in the box below. Also include this as the first line of your Personal Statement.


Alongside the completed application form and Personal Statement, applicants should submit the following supporting documents:


  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)


  • Two academic reference letters, signed and on letter headed paper


  • University transcripts


  • English Language qualifications


All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language (IELTS 7.0 average overall and a minimum of 6.5 in each component), and, where relevant, are required to provide evidence of this.


Qualifications accepted by the University include GCSE English; GCE O level English; AS Level English; A Level English Language; IELTS; Cambridge Proficiency etc.


Please refer to the full list hereIf you are unsure if your English qualification meets requirements for this Studentship as above then please check with the Research team before applying.


  • Degree certificates


  • Personal statement


  • Research proposal**.


Please give details of your PhD proposal around 2000 words.


References/bibliography should be included within this word limit. The assessment panel will closely assess submitted proposal against these key criteria:


1.Does the study clearly articulate its aim and contribution?


2.Is the proposed methodology consistent with the research aim? 

3.Does the study clearly foreshadow its practical ramifications for the key research areas identified above?


4.Is the proposed timeline both feasible and realistic?


The proposal should explain why you would like to undertake this research and your thoughts on the distinct challenges and opportunities it might bring. You can find information on how to write a PhD research proposal here.


Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered. Please ensure you submit all of the above documents with your application.


Application Process

Closing Date for Applications: 18th March 2022

Shortlisting: 28th March 2022


Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview: 31st March 2022


Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed: TBC


Further Information

If you would like to discuss the studentships further, please contact Prof. Robert Blackburn ([email protected]).


Informal enquiries can also be directed to the ULMS Research Support Team ([email protected])


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