PhD in Social Innovation and-or Social Entrepreneurship, University of Sheffield, UK

Deadline: 6 January 2012
Open to: Applicants with a first or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent
Salary:  Annual, tax-free maintenance stipend of £13,590 for the period of 3 years, tuition weaver


University guides confirm University of Sheffield’s position as one of the UK’s leading universities. The 2010 Virgin Guide to British Universities says that “Sheffield is a top university across the board”. Teaching quality assessments rate its teaching very highly across a wide range of subjects, and official research assessments confirm our reputation as a centre for world-class research in many disciplines. University of Sheffield has nearly 25,000 students from 128 countries, and over 5,500 staff. The University of Sheffield is a popular choice with applicants for university places, and once they arrive the students enjoy the experience so much that many settle in Sheffield after they graduate. The research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

A unique opportunity has arisen within The University of Sheffield Management School to pursue a PhD in the area of Social Innovation and/or Social Entrepreneurship. The School offers Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) so that the PhD will be combined with the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience.

To find out more about  topics and potential research questions, please click here.


The GTAs will be offered on a competitive basis and are available to Home and EU as well as International students. Each Graduate Teaching Assistant will undertake broadly 6 hours work per week. This will include teaching, delivering tutorials, marking and, where appropriate, lecturing.

  • The School will meet the full cost of Home/EU tuition fees
  • Successful candidates will receive an annual, tax-free maintenance stipend of £13,590. The stipend will be paid pro-rata for part-time students
  • These scholarships fund up to three years full time (six years part time) study, subject to satisfactory progress


  • You should have, or expect to achieve, a first or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent
  • You should be applying to start your first year of study on a full-time or part-time PhD with the University in the 2012-13 academic year
  • Awards are open to UK, EU and International applicants.

How to apply?

In order to apply, you need to send the following documents:

  • 2 Academic references
  •  Full transcript(s) of your Bachelors and Masters Degree
  • Evidence that you have met our English language entry requirement, if applicable:
  • A detailed and up- to- date CV
  • A personal statement including the following areas; why you wish to do research in your chosen area, why you wish to study at the University of Sheffield, what contribution you can make to the Management School
  • A research proposal of around 2,000–3,000 words describing how you intend to develop your chosen research area. A typical proposal might contain the following elements;

Title: A clear and succinct description of your research proposal.
Introduction: A brief explanation of your research topic , why the research is of value and how you propose to go about it.
Literature Review: A thorough examination of key, recent contributions in research periodicals relating to the area of research in question. You should use the literature review to identify gaps in, or problems with, existing research to justify why further or new research is required.
Research Method: A description of your choice of methodology, including details of methods of data collection and analysis. A time schedule showing key activities would be useful.
References: Any literature cited in the proposal should be listed at the end of the document. Use of the Harvard style of referencing is preferred.
Interviews: Interviews will take place week commencing 23rd January 2012. If you have not heard from us by this date then your application has been unsuccessful.

Please send the documents to Kelly Walker at: by 5pm on Friday 6 January 2012. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


For further information, you can contact Kelly Walker by email at or by telephone on +44 (0) 114 222 3477.

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