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Cranfield School of Management PhD Studentship, UK

Publish Date: Dec 10, 2015

Deadline: Mar 31, 2016

The School awards six bursaries each year to full time candidates with outstanding academic records; the allocation is decided in mid-June.  If you wish to be considered for funding please indicate this in your application form.  


  • are awarded on a competitive basis following the recruitment and selection process. UK, EU or international candidates may be considered
  • cover full fees and provide a maintenance grant up to the value of £13,726 a year
  • are available for Full-Time study only
  • are normally renewed at the beginning of each academic year provided the student has made good progress and contributed to relevant research activities throughout the year. 

How to Apply


Cranfield School of Management operates a rigorous application and selection process. The aim is to ensure that your cohort is comprised of outstanding, like-minded doctoral researchers. Before you initiate the application process by submitting a research outline, you should review the website to ensure that:

  • your proposed topic fits within the School’s core research areas (see Management ThemesResearch Centres and Doctoral Opportunities)
  • a potential supervisor for your research topic is identified (see individual faculty members’ areas of expertise described in the Faculty Biographies)
  • you meet the admission / English language requirements

You should also be prepared to submit a more detailed research proposal, which includes a literature review, if a potential supervisor expresses interest in your topic.

There is a two-stage application process for the PhD programme.

Two Stage Process
Please note the deadlines for each of these stages and that there are different deadlines for submission of the formal online application form (stage 2) for candidates seeking partial/full funding, and those who will be self-funded either as full-time or part-time researchers.

Stage 1

To be considered for the programme you must, in the first instance, submit a research outline online. Your outline will be assessed by at least one member of the academic staff against specific criteria (see Research Outline Submission). After a preliminary assessment, your outline will be circulated to appropriate members of faculty for consideration. You will be notified at this stage should we be unable to provide supervision or your outline is not of an appropriate quality.

It is essential that you submit your outline early in the year (we suggest between October and January) to ensure you can meet the formal application deadline of end of March (to be confirmed) (if you are a full-time applicant seeking a partial or full school bursary) or end of May (for self-funded full-time and part-time applicants). You will need to allow several weeks for your more detailed proposal to be considered.

Stage 2

When a member of faculty expresses interest in your outline, you can expect to receive feedback on it from him/her and be invited to develop your research topic further with a literature review; ideally you will also meet your potential supervisor in person. We attach great importance to the researcher/supervisor relationship and this is an essential part of the recruitment process. A decision by your potential supervisor to shortlist you at this stage will require you to:

  • complete the University’s online application form (please note this is available only to candidates whose proposals have received prior approval) and, provided you meet the admission/English language requirements,
  • take three admission tests, and, provided these are satisfactory,
  • have a formal interview.

Please note that approval of your outline and proposal by a potential supervisor does not guarantee a place on the programme. Candidates are shortlisted for interview following completion of stage 2 of the application process, and the offer of a place is decided by the Director of the PhD Programme and interview panel.

Closing dates for submission of the University’s online application form:  31 March 2016 for Bursary Applications or  31 July 2016 for Self Funded Applications.

Bursary allocation

The allocation of bursaries will be decided by a Committee.

Please note the closing dates for submission of the University’s application form:

31 March 2016 - full-time candidates seeking full or partial funding from the School (If you are seeking funding you are advised to submit your more detailed research proposal by January to ensure you can be considered in time to meet the deadline).
31July 2016 - self-funded and sponsored full and part-time candidates.

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