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Education & Human Capital Accumulation

We're looking for a high-quality student for a fully-funded PhD studentship in Economics. The candidate will conduct quantitative research on issues facing the Scottish educational system.

Number of places



Home fee, Stipend


9 January 2018


31 March 2018


36 months


Candidates are required to have:

  • An excellent undergraduate degree with Honours in Economics (or related field)
  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent) will be strongly preferred
  • Experience in programming (especially proficiency in Stata) is highly recommended
  • Candidates who are not native English speakers will be required to provide evidence for their English skills (such as by IELTS or similar tests that are approved by UKVI, or a degree completed in an English speaking country)

Project Details

This PhD will be concerned with quantitative, policy relevant analyses of importance to the Scottish educational system. We will leverage a large administrative dataset provided by the Scottish Government, and a rigorous quantitative research design, to obtain causal effects of both environmental factors and school-specific determinants of educational attainment and pupils' transition into the labour market.

The PhD-candidate will work closely with the supervisory team on a project that is concerned with the effects of class size on pupil achievement. Further projects may evolve around the relationship between the housing market, catchment areas, and school quality as well as the effect of schools on social mobility. Of course, there is also clear scope for the candidate to pursue their own research ideas within the broad ‘economics of education’ research area.

The successful candidate will become part of the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI). The FAI is a leading economic research institute in Scotland, with extensive research and knowledge exchange activities aligned to Scottish and UK public policy. As such, the student will have access to the expertise of a wide range of experienced researchers, opportunities to engage with policymakers, and join a cohort of other PhD students undertaking policy relevant research.

Funding Details

Fee waiver at Home/EU rate and annual stipend approx £14,553*.

*Amount awaiting confirmation

How to apply

At this stage, we are inviting applicants to apply for the scholarship only. The successful candidate will then be asked to complete an application for PhD study at Strathclyde.

All applications should include:

  • a cover letter indicating the candidate's relevant skills/experience and how they can contribute to this research
  • a CV and relevant qualification transcripts
  • two references (please refer to guidance on references)

When sending the above documents please use the following file-naming convention:


eg. Smith_John_coverletter

Apply now by uploading your documents.

NB Whilst this scholarship application deadline is 31 March 2018, candidates will be considered on receipt of application. The scholarship award may be allocated before the deadline (at the discretion of the supervisor), so please ensure early submission to avoid disappointment.