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Doctoral Research Studentships

King’s Business School invites applications for funded, full-time PhD studentships to start in the 2020-21 academic year. We welcome applicants interested in undertaking research in any of our areas of expertise



Home/EU and International studentships are available to students with outstanding research potential. Studentships cover tuition fees and an annual stipend of £17,009 for four years. In order to prepare students for academic careers, individuals receiving a studentship will be expected to undertake some teaching and/or marking activities in the School. Any teaching undertaken will attract payment in addition to the stipend. Students also have access to a generous training and conference fund.


All applicants for the full-time PhD programme are eligible to apply, including Home, EU and International students.

You will be required to live in the UK throughout your full-time studies, although it is understood that you may need to spend short periods overseas while conducting fieldwork.  

Application process 

To apply for a studentship you must submit two documents before the studentship deadline, which is 20 January 2020 at 5pm:

  1. An application to the PhD programme, via King’s Apply.
  2. An application for a studentship, via our online form. Click here to complete the online studentship application form.You will receive an email confirming receipt of your studentship application.

Please read the guidance on how to apply to the doctoral programme carefully before making your application.

Assessment Criteria

Studentship applications are assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Evidence of the candidate’s individual research potential. E.g. how strong are the references, academic transcripts, and other credentials such as prizes, academic awards or publications, and, where appropriate, professional qualifications and/or relevant experience? (50% weighting)
  • The quality and fit of the proposed research. E.g. are the research topic and questions well formulated? is there a feasible plan of action? does the work offer genuine scope for doctoral research? how well does the research fit with themes within the research group, the School and the wider College or, alternatively, does it make a contribution to developing an emerging programme of research in the School? Does the work offer opportunities that will lead to societal or economic impact? (50% weighting)

The closing date for applications is: 20 January 2020 at 5pm.

Decisions will be announced in March 2020.
Enquiries should be directed to: