PhD Scholarship: “Fragile Fathers: Fathering at Home and at Work”

The University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School

Alliance Manchester Business School is committed to recruiting the highest calibre Ph.D. students from across the globe. With an excellent international reputation, we strive to produce graduates and researchers of distinction who attain the highest standards of academic excellence, contribute to their disciplines and typify Original Thinking Applied.

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2018. The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance. You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups. In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

How much do we know about what it means to be a father in the UK?

While fathers are firmly on the policy agenda (e.g. the introduction of Shared Parental Leave in 2015; Women & Equalities ‘Fathers in the Workplace Enquiry’, 2017), there is a danger that some fathers’ voices go unheard.

We focus on what Dermott (2008) terms ‘fragile fathers’, those for whom temporal, financial, biological or emotional links with their children are non-existent or ‘under threat’. In order to explore the experiences and challenges associated with negotiating ‘fragile’ fatherhood, both at home and at work, this project takes its starting point from Sen’s (1992) capabilities framework, recognising how structural and individual factors can impact on parenting roles.

This inter-disciplinary doctoral project will be supervised by two academics attached to the AMBS Work and Equalities Institute (WEI): Dr Emma Banister (AMBS) and Dr Helen Norman (School of Social Sciences) and complements their on-going research into fatherhood and (in) equalities.

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background.

The ideal candidate will have a background in a relevant subject (e.g. Social Science or Consumer Research) and will be able to evidence experience in designing and using in-depth qualitative methods.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Business & Management programme and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a letter of interest outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, understanding of the project, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the deadline will not be considered.

Application deadline: 31st January 2018


For further details about the project, please contact Dr. Emma Banister at

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office:

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