Scholarships & funding opportunities

Education and Human Capital Accumulation

We are 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 scholarships 1
  • Value Fee waiver at Home/EU rate and annual stipend approx £14,553*
  • Opens 8 January 2018
  • Deadline 31 May 2018
  • Help with Tuition fees, Living costs
  • Duration 36 months


Candidates are required to have:

  • Either: An excellent undergraduate degree (with Honours) in Economics (or related field) if applying for 1+3 funding (i.e. MSc and PhD funding). In this case you will obtain an MSc providing ESRC-accredited doctoral training by the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics (SGPE). While the University of Strathclyde is a full member and contributes to the teaching of the MSc programme, it will take place at the University of Edinburgh; the subsequent 3-year PhD will take place at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
  • Or: An excellent Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Economics if applying for +3 funding (i.e. PhD funding only). This MSc has to be at a recognised, ESRC-accredited doctoral training MSc Programme, such as (but not limited to) the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics (SGPE). 
  • Experience in programming (especially proficiency in Stata) is highly desirable
  • Candidates who are not native English speakers will be required to provide evidence of 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.

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 reference letters (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 31st May 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.