Dear Colleagues,

Could you please circulate the following information on a funded PhD studentship being advertised by Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University.  The PhD is being offered in the area of International Entrepreneurship.    

Sheffield Hallam University Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarship


At the Sheffield Business School (SBS) we have a vibrant international community of research students, academics and support staff and a 30-year history of delivering high-quality postgraduate research that places a strong emphasis on close supervision and support.


We are seeking a PhD candidate for the following research area;


A contextualised approach to opportunity entrepreneurship.


The focus on opportunities has opened entrepreneurship to new and exciting research avenues. Central to the development of the opportunity concept and frameworks is the extent to which opportunities can be explored within multiple contexts. The proposed PhD research will explore the influence of different contexts on opportunity related processes, which include: opportunity recognition, exploitation and development. It is expected that the research will draw on a mixture of internationalising and non-internationalising firms at different stages of development. Ideally sample firms will be drawn from under researched communities and or countries. The use of qualitative approaches which take into consideration the current thinking on 'entrepreneurial methods' is encouraged.


For an informal discussion please contact: Dr Shingairai Masango at [log in to unmask]


This scholarship includes full-time Home/EU tuition fees for 3 years, and a maintenance bursary paid at the RCUK national rate which is 13,863 for 2014/15 (starting in September 2014). The successful candidate will also be provided with the opportunity to engage in up to 6 hours of paid teaching-related academic activity per week at the undergraduate level.  To support your teaching activities, attendance of the Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) Researchers Who Teach workshops is required.  It is also expected that you will undertake research methods training as appropriate.  The cost of these activities will be covered by the Sheffield Business School.


Eligibility Criteria:


1) We are looking for applicants with a good undergraduate degree (minimum 2:1 classification) and or a relevant postgraduate degree (generally with a dissertation mark of 60 per cent or higher).


2) Scholarships are open to Home/EU applicants only.


3) Candidates who already hold a PhD offer from Sheffield Business School (to start in September 2014) are eligible to apply for a scholarship.  Currently enrolled PhD students are not eligible.


How to apply:


All applicants wishing to be considered for a PhD scholarship in SBS need to submit a standard University application form<> for postgraduate study, a 4-6 page research proposal and a 2 page CV by e-mail to Liz Brearley (SBS Graduate Centre Administrator) [log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>


Please indicate clearly in the body of your e-mail that you would like to be considered for the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship and your availability for an interview in the weeks beginning 12th and 19th May.


Deadline for studentship applications:


The closing date for studentship applications is 12 noon on Tuesday May 6th 2014.  Interviews will be held in the weeks beginning 12th May and 19th May 2014.


Selection process:


Applicants will be required to attend an interview where you will be asked to talk through your research proposal.  Interview panel members will include the Sheffield Business School Head of Research Programmes, a prospective Director of Studies and a representative from the SBS Research Board.


More information on this can be found at:







Dr  Shingairai Masango

Sheffield Business School

Senior Lecturer International Business

Email.  [log in to unmask]

Direct Line. +44(0)1142255118




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