School of Business and Management

AHRC LAHP Studentship

The School of Business and Management, QMUL, invites applications for PhD Studentships, commencing September 2020.

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership has up to 90 cross-institutional studentships per year available for postgraduate research students studying arts and humanities disciplines at King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, Queen Mary University London, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal College of Art, Royal College of Music, School of Advanced Study or University College London Your research topic must be within the subject areas covered by the AHRC.

We welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates in the following subject areas: Accounting and Finance, Behavioural Economics, Climate Policy and Environmental Change, Complex Networks and Innovation, Employment Relations, Equality and Diversity, Human Resource Management, Inequality and Poverty, Information Systems and Digital Technologies, Labour Economics, Management and Organization Studies, Marketing, Monetary and Financial Economics, Operations Research, Public Economics and Management, Strategic Management and Leadership, Supply Chain Management, Urban and Regional Development.

The School’s research strategy since its inception has been to sustain and enhance a distinctive research profile and ensure a supportive and intellectually challenging business and management research culture emphasising the interconnected nature of:

1) The economic, societal and historical contexts,
2) Social justice issues in business and management; and
3) Networks and governance in the private, public and third sectors.

For more information on the School’s research see .

The research proposals submitted by applicants should normally fit at least one of the School’s centres/groups: 

Centre for Globalisation Research (CGR)
Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity (CRED)
Accounting & Accountability Research Group (AARG)
Behavioural Finance Working Group (BFWG)
Business Eco-systems Research Group (BERG)
Marketing Interactions & Consumer Behaviour Group (MICBG)
Organisational Processes and Practices Research Group (OPPRG)
Public Management and Regulation Cluster (PMR)
Centre on Labour and Global Production (CLGP)
Action Research Cluster in Creative and Cultural Economies (BARCCE)
Cluster for African Business, Organisations and Society (CABOS)

Candidates must specify which research group they wish to join and identify potential supervisor(s) on their application form. Candidates are encouraged to discuss their research proposal with a member of academic staff specialising in their research area.

Candidate profile

To apply you will normally have a first degree with first class honors (or equivalent) in business/management or a discipline related to your research topic. Borderline cases will be considered individually.  We do not normally accept an MBA. Relevant experience is also taken into account. Applicants are required to have an IELTS overall score of 7, at the time of application.

Our PhD Programme is highly competitive and for research studentships all applicants will be judged according to the same criteria, namely: record of academic and/or professional achievement; quality of their research proposal; and compatibility with the research interests and expertise in the school.

Queen Mary University of London is committed to the provision of equality of opportunity for all its students and staff. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of their race and ethnicity, sex, parental status, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation and gender identity, or age.

The award

Eligibility for the LAHP awards please check here.

The Studentships consist of the full cost of (home/EU) fees.

Annual maintenance grant or allowance of £17,009 per annum (stipend) for Home students.

Subject to HEI approval, LAHP has a limited number of full awards (fees and stipend) for EU students designated `fees-only’ by the AHRC.

Access to Research Training Support funding to support training & development activities.

The School also provides all PhD researchers with a £1,000 research allowance for conference attendance and other research related expenses. Award holders will be expected to be resident in London during the period of the studentship.

How to apply

The closing date for all applications is 31 January 2020, 17:00 GMT. 

You should apply for your place at QMUL via the online portal by 17:00 on 31 January 2020. On the online application form, you should indicate that you would like your application to be considered for the AHRC LAHP 2 Studentship. We advise that you aim to submit your admissions application to the School of Business and Management two weeks in advance of the 31 January deadline for your references to be received in a timely fashion.

For full details on these studentships, please see

For further details about the PhD programme and how to apply please visit:

General enquiries should be addressed to the School of Business and Management PhD Administrator, Saima Ahmed (

Studentship competition timeline

28th November 2019 – Applications open via the LAHP website.

31st January 2019 Applications deadline. Date by which applicants must have submitted an application for PhD study at LAHP partner institutions (please note application deadlines for individual institution might be different. Please check directly with your own institution.)

7th February 2020 at 23.59 – Deadline for Supervisor Statement of support. Applicants will be responsible for ensuring that this statement is received by the deadline.

Mid-March 2020 – Students must be in receipt of an offer on their chosen PhD programme at a LAHP partner institution.

April 2020 – Offers of LAHP awards to successful candidates.

Within two weeks of the offer of a LAHP award – students to accept/decline the LAHP offer.

1st October 2020 – Studentships to begin.