PhD Scholarship: “Designing Transformative Services for Refugees”

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

This project utilises transformative service research theory to design solutions for the global refugee crisis. As the tragedy of massive involuntary migration of refugees continues to evolve around the globe, there is an urgent need for service researchers to study such service system failures and propose solutions. The objective is to understand how refugee support service ecosystems can be developed in a way that empowers refugees and improves social integration. Multiple case studies will be used to explore the interactions between three levels of the current refugee support service ecosystem in the UK: the refugee level (micro), service provider level (meso) and government level (macro), using data collection methods such as interviews, observation and document analysis. This study holds important implications for multiple stakeholders including refugees, policymakers, and non-governmental and business organisations working towards the integration of refugees and can promote the design of services that reduces the vulnerability of the refugee community. With even developed nations like the UK, Germany and USA struggling to support refugees, this study will provide timely insights into how their public, private and third sectors can redesign their current refugee support service systems to improve refugee and societal well-being.

Entry Requirements

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

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 Ilma Nur Chowdhury at

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

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