Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community
What is the Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community?
The Anglo-Hellenic doctoral community presents a unique opportunity to bring together a range of expertise from Scotland and Greece in order to support the development of talented doctoral students who wish to engage in empirical research in Greece. Such a community offers opportunities, that otherwise may not be available, to study at a leading UK University. Students will spend up to 60% of their academic year in Athens, gaining experience in a range of research activities. The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) (www.atiner.gr/) seeks to support this endeavour with academic expertise and supervision offered by its director Dr Gregory T. Papanikos, and also financially by providing a scholarship fund to help support exceptional doctoral candidates. Strathclyde University Business School (SBS) (www.strath.ac.uk/business) will provide academic supervision, high quality facilities, post-graduate research training, and academic standards and validation, and Professor Sharon Bolton will offer supervisory expertise and academic management of the community.
The creation of an Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community has six central objectives and related outcomes:
- To offer opportunities to exceptional students who wish to study at a leading UK university whilst engaging in empirical research in Greece
- To create a community of early-career scholars that is supported by two research-based institutions – ATINER in Greece and SBS in UK – thus providing a strong network of mechanisms that provide support for quality research and successful completion of doctoral theses
- To produce innovative research that will be of importance to the academic, policy and business communities in Greece, UK, Europe and beyond
- To establish lifelong networks of collaboration between the UK and Greece
- To create flows of knowledge exchange
- To build the next generation of leading academics, policy makers and business leaders with a pan-European outlook
Studying for a PhD at Strathclyde University Business School
PhD students will be expected to pursue structured, supervised research into one of the many business-related fields in which Strathclyde Management School has expertise. Particularly, members of the Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community will focus on producing innovative research that will be of importance to the academic, policy and business communities in Greece, UK, Europe and beyond.
The minimum research period for a full-time PhD is 3 years. At the end of this period, candidates will be expected to write an extended thesis, demonstrating evidence of their capacity to pursue scholarly research that is reflective and offers critical insight into an under-researched area. The results of their research should make an original contribution to knowledge and be of a standard appropriate for dissemination and publication to a wide audience.
Where will the Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community reside?
The Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community will be based in the Department of Management, Strathclyde University Business School (SBS). Students will register at SBS, be involved with induction activities and attend Research Training. They will attend the Department of Management's annual 'doctoral day' in October and be expected to present their research as part of the departmental seminar series in year two and three of their studies. As networking and knowledge exchange activities will be at the heart of the Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community's activities, students will also be expected to submit papers to international academic conferences in years two and three, and also to present and attend the ATINER conferences that take place every summer in Athens as a means of regularly networking with academics from all over the world. Special seminars and workshops will also be held at ATINER covering methodological issues, and the European business and economic environment. Depending on supervisory arrangements, members of the cohort may spend up to 60% of their academic year in Athens, studying under the supervision of Dr Gregory T. Papanikos. For those students who receive scholarships, summers in Athens will be spent conducting research assistance work for ATINER (supporting projects and the conference season).
Fees and administration
Candidates offered a place to study as part of the Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community will be registered at Strathclyde University as full-time Doctoral candidates from October 2009. Current Fees: 3,450 GB Pounds per year which includes registration, attendance at research training classes, supervision, full use of Strathclyde University’s postgraduate student facilities and support services, and administration of the cohort by Professor Sharon Bolton, Department of Management.
It is expected members of the Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community will submit their completed theses following three years of study. The theses will be examined according to Strathclyde procedures and standards. Each member of the Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community will be assessed annually by an independent panel of experts drawn from Strathclyde University, appointed by the department of Management, SBS, as per the Strathclyde system. Students who do not make satisfactory progress will be advised either to aim to complete the degree of MPhil or to cease study entirely. The decision of the panel will be final.
Members of the Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community will receive academic supervision from either Dr Gregory T. Papanikos or Professor Sharon Bolton, with co-supervisors based at Strathclyde appointed according to student proposals and supervisory availability. Professor Sharon Bolton will also act as overall leader of the cohort and the main point of contact for all matters relating to student admission, registration, progress and monitoring of periods spent in Athens.
ATINER intends to offer a total scholarship fund of 90,000 euros over a period of three years. Scholarships will be awarded to exceptional applicants to support their period of study. Scholarships may take the form of support scholarships or fees only. Candidates will be awarded scholarships for a period of three years – however, annual renewal of funding will depend entirely on academic progress and contribution to the Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community.
Before applying to become a member of the Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community, candidates need to be sure that they have a keen personal interest in the topic they will be researching - and an interest in the process of research. They will need a strong academic background and the motivation to pursue independent research for a period of 3 years.
For registration as a PhD student, candidates will need:
- A first degree equivalent to a UK 2:1 and above, i.e. GPA 3.2 or better/ a GMAT score of 600 or above.
- A Master's degree with a significant research component in the Social Sciences (and associated disciplines) or applied economics, with grades at Merit and Distinctions levels.
- Evidence is also required that a candidate’s English proficiency is adequate for high level academic study. Leading UK universities ask for an IELTS balanced test score of at least 7.0. If candidates are unable to take the IELTS then an IB TOEFL score of at least 100 may be accepted. A Cambridge Proficiency Certificate in English (grade C) may also be accepted. Oral language skills will also be assessed at interview
- Two References – one must be from someone who can vouch for academic ability.
In the first instance, enquires should be directed to Dr. Sharon Bolton, Head, Management Research Unit, ATINER & Professor, Department of Management, University of Strathclyde, Scotland, U.K. or Gregory T. Papanikos, Director, ATINER & Visiting Professor, Department of Management, University of Strathclyde, U.K. via email only firstname.lastname@example.org.
Informal interviews will take place in Athens. Following interview, a selection of potential candidates will be invited to make a full application with a detailed research proposal attached. ONLY those who are invited to make a full application will be considered.