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David Goldman PhD Scholarship - Gender and the Future of Work in the Neoliberal University

Newcastle University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Estimated rate of £14,777 in 2018/19
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 10th August 2018
Closes: 7th September 2018
Reference: NUBS003

Value of award: 100% fees at the UK/EU (home) rate and an annual stipend (living costs) the equal to that provided by ESRC (estimated rate of £14,777 in 2018/19). International students will have to pay a top up in fees between the home rate and the international rate.

Number of awards: 1

Start date and duration: 1 October 2018 for 3 years.


The scholarship is offered as a three year PhD studentship for a full time student undertaking a PhD in Business Innovation focussed on research into the Future of Work and starting their studies in 2018/19. This studentship is available to someone with a very strong academic background and research focus in a discipline area from one of the Newcastle University Business School Subject Groups. Passion and capability for interdisciplinary research is also required.

Specific projects could include: 

  • Gender and leadership in the globalized neoliberal university 
  • Understanding the gender pay gap in academia
  • Athena SWAN accreditation and its unintended consequences on gender (in)equality

These will be interdisciplinary opportunities drawing on management, accounting, economics, sociology, anthropology and education.

The Goldman endowment to Newcastle University Business School was established in 2001 to commemorate the life and work of David Goldman, founder and Chief Executive of the North East’s iconic software company, the Sage Group plc. David Goldman had played a leading role in transforming the economic fortunes of the North East region.

More information about the Goldman endowment is available here.

Sponsor: The David Goldman PhD Scholarships are gifted to the University by the Goldman family.

Name of supervisor(s): Natasha Mauthner, Newcastle University Business School.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should have a good Honours degree (first-class or upper-second-class Honours) in an area related to the proposed field of study. Additionally, you must already possess, or expect to receive by Autumn 2018, a Master’s-level qualification, preferably at ‘‘distinction’ level in a relevant subject area.

The award is available to UK/EU and non-EU international candidates. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 7.0 (with minimum of 6.5 in the writing, and a 6.0 in all other sub-skills).

International students will have to pay a top up in fees between the home rate and international rate.

The holder of the studentship may also have the opportunity to undertake a small amount of teaching within the school. Payment for this will be at a standard hourly rate in addition to the annual studentship.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.

Complete mandatory fields and also include the following information:

  • insert the programme code 8240F in the programme of study section 
  • select 'PhD Newcastle University Business School (full time) - Business’ as the programme of study 
  • insert the studentship code NUBS003 in the studentship/partnership reference field 
  • submit alongside a full and detailed C.V., an outline research proposal of around 1,000 – 2,000 words and a personal statement of around 500 words which sets out your reasons for applying
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.


Informal enquires about the studentship may be emailed to Carolyn Watkin, Newcastle University Business School.

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