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PhD Scholarship

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin - Trinity Business School

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Dublin - Ireland
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: See advert
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 9th January 2019
Closes: 30th April 2019

Trinity Business School invites applications for a funded PhD scholarship. The scholarship comprises the cost of home/EU fees per year, and a stipend of €16,000 per annum for up to 4 years beginning September 2019. The successful candidate will engage in teaching duties in undergraduate finance modules for up to a maximum of 6 hours per week, and will take part in the structured PhD programme at the Trinity Business School. More details on this can be found at A minimum of a 2.1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in social sciences and a Master’s qualification in a relevant discipline is essential.

The proposed research project for a PhD student concerns the determinants of corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities by the firm and the relationship with its financial performance. CSR is the subject of growing attention from international business and international finance scholars, as well as firms, investors, policy makers and regulators. The notion that CSR initiatives can provide returns to the company, that is, the business case for CSR, is a subject of intense debate. According to shareholder theory, the main goal of corporation is to maximise shareholder value (Friedman, 1970), CSR activity is considered a cost and its minimization is considered in the interest of the firm. However this perspective is challenged by stakeholder theory (Donaldson & Preston, 1995; Freeman, 1984) which argues that the adoption of CSR practices is in a firm’s best interest. Potential research topics in this area are as follows, the examination of the main determinants of CSR activity and the disclosure of those activities, an investigation into the business case for CSR activities by examining the outcome for the firm in terms of financial performance, or an evaluation of the performance of socially responsible funds, or ‘green’ investments, from the perspective of investors. The student may choose to primarily focus on the financial performance aspects of this research or on the determinants of CSR activity by the firm such as governance, ownership, institutional environment or firm internationalisation. Research questions in the same area which are of particular interest to the applicant will also be considered.

How to apply

There are two steps to the application process. Initially an email with a single attachment file should be sent to Dr. Martha O’Hagan-Luff ( that includes a curriculum vitae and a maximum of a two-page cover letter, which describes how the applicant fulfils the required criteria; their reasons for applying, their reasons for their interest in teaching and how they would approach the research project. Candidates will be shortlisted on basis of the quality of the degree(s) awarded, the quality of their approach to the research project and their interest in teaching. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed either in person or through a video conferencing facility.

The deadline for this application is 30th April 2019.

If they proceed to the next stage, the applicant will be required to apply online to the Business School Doctoral Programme and to provide two academic references, academic transcripts, a certified copy of degree certificate(s), a certified certificate of English Language Competency if English is not their first language and the research proposal.

The deadline for this second step of the application process is the 30th June 2019.

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