Cairncross PhD Scholarship: Economics only

Cairncross PhD Scholarship: Economics only

Economics in the Adam Smith Business School is offering the Cairncross PhD Scholarship for full time students commencing studies in 2017/18. This scholarship is solely for University of Glasgow or University of Oxford Alumni. It is also only open to applicants for one of the Economics PhD programmes (PhD Economics, PhD Finance or PhD Quantitative Finance). 

The PhD scholarship is for three year maintenance and offers £7,500 per annum plus a home/international fee-waver. There will be an annual research budget of £500 to attend Academic Conferences and External Training Events. In addition, there may be opportunities to be a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Glasgow in years two and three. If selected, a GTA should expect to receive up to £2,000 per annum for teaching.

The deadline for applications is 12:00, Tuesday 18 April 2017.

Potential applicants should have a minimum of a 2.1 undergraduate degree and have/expect to achieve a Master degree with excellent grades.  Either the undergraduate or master degree should be from the University of Glasgow or the University of Oxford.

How to apply

Applicants are required to complete and collate the following documentation, attach these to a single email and send it to by 12.00 noon on 18 April 2017:

  1. The Statement of support from your potential supervisor at the University of Glasgow
  2. Your Research Proposal (word limit: 1500 words)
  3. Two references (written in English, signed and printed on official headed paper)
  4. Degree certificates and academic transcripts in English.
  5. CV

Please inform your future supervisor that her/his statement of support must follow the ESRC guidelines, see the following link:  

Applicants will be notified by 18 May 2017.

Fully Funded PhD Studentship (+3/1+3): Lifelong Learning Policies Supporting Young Adults in their Life Course.

Fully Funded PhD Studentship (+3/1+3): Lifelong Learning Policies Supporting Young Adults in their Life Course.

Applications are invited for a period of either three years (+3) for those with an ESRC recognised research training qualification or four years (1+3) for those without.

Project outline

The successful candidate will be part of the Horizon 2020 project YOUNG_ADULLLT - Policies Supporting Young People in their Life Course. A Comparative Perspective of Lifelong Learning and Inclusion in Education and Work in Europe (,which is an European funded project run by a consortium of 12 European universities from 9 countries. The PhD student will join the GU team of the project and will participate in a research on lifelong learning (LLL) policies and their effects on young people in Scotland (

During the recession and post-recession, LLL policies in Scotland have prioritised a skills agenda with a clear focus on young adults as the main target group of most policy interventions. The overall aim of this project is to elucidate how LLL policies support young adults in their life courses by investigating who are the key influencers and how they manage to influence young adult decisions, and what are the intended and unintended effects of this influence on young adult learning and career choices. The project is designed as a multilevel mixed methods research at national, local and individual levels.

  • National level: the project will map young adult transitions in education and work through the analysis of secondary data for Scotland.
  • Local level: the project will conduct case studies in two Scottish regions (Glasgow City Region and Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire) around three key LLL policies in each region.
  • Individual level: the project will carry out interviews with young adults about their life projects and their perception of the support and guidance received by key influencers.

Supervision and training

The student will be jointly supervised by Dr Oscar Valiente (lead supervisor) and Dr Oscar Odena, and will benefit from the vibrant and supportive intellectual environment of the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change and the doctoral training available through the School of Education and the College of Social Sciences. The student will also have a named sponsor in Skills Development Scotland (SDS) who will support the project, and will have the opportunity to participate in activities organized by SDS and the ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences (SGSSS).

Student profile

We are particularly keen to receive applications from candidates with a strong background in the Social Sciences (e.g. Sociology, Political Science, Economics, Comparative Education, etc.) and experience of both qualitative and quantitative research methods. As the majority of the planned research is qualitative, an interest in learning and using these methods is essential. It is also essential the interest in having a social and political impact beyond academia through the engagement with research users in governmental and non governmental organisations.


ESRC eligibility criteria apply. Comprehensive information on eligibility requirements can be found at:

The University has an ESRC ‘Award Eligibility Checker’ tool which you should use to check whether you are eligible for the award. Please include the PDF summary of your responses that it creates with your application.

Unfortunately, any student not meeting the ESRC eligibility criteria cannot be considered for the studentship.

The Award

SDS is co-funding this scholarship in partnership with the ESRC SGSSS. The scholarship includes payment of UK/EU fees and, in the case of UK students, it also includes a maintenance grant (2017-18 rate is £14,553 per annum) and a research training support grant (£750 per annum). EU students will normally only be eligible for a fee waiver award. EU students may be eligible for the full award where they have been living in the UK for three years prior to the start of the course.

Residential queries should be directed to in the first instance.

How to Apply

Complete and collate the following documentation then attach to a single email and send to William Shirriffs at by 12 noon Friday 5th May 2017.

  • A statement expressing your suitability to undertake the proposed project
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 2 signed references on official headed notepaper in support of your application
  • Degree transcripts from previous studies (undergraduate and postgraduate, if relevant)
  • A copy of the PDF generated by the ESRC Award Eligibility Checker.

Any application which fails to meet the above requirements will not be considered.

Please direct informal enquiries to Dr Oscar Valiente ( or Dr Oscar Odena (

Selection Process

Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview in Glasgow. The interviews are expected to take place on the 25th May 2017. The successful applicant will be informed shortly after the interview.

The successful candidate will be required to complete and submit the SGSSS Coversheet and Equal Opportunities Form.

The award is subject to the candidate successfully securing admission to the PhD programme in Education within the College of Social Sciences. After selected for funding, the successful scholarship applicant will be invited to apply for admission to the PhD programme in Education.

2 fully-funded PhD scholarships in international economic history at the University of Glasgow (EURECON project funded by the European Research Council)

2 fully-funded PhD scholarships in international economic history at the University of Glasgow (EURECON project funded by the European Research Council)

Applications are invited for two 3-year PhD scholarships (with a possibility of a one-year extension) in Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow.

The successful candidates will be part of the ERC-funded project The Making of a Lopsided Union: Economic Integration in the European Economic Community, 1957-1992 (EURECON) led by Dr Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol. They are expected to begin on 1 September 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the EURECON project

The goal of EURECON is to explore European policymakers’ views about how to make the organisation of the European Economic Community (EEC) fit for the creation of a single currency, from 1957 to 1992. It is often said that the euro has faults of conception. But how did this happen? How was the euro made in such a way that it nearly completely overlooked some critical aspects of monetary unions? The assumption is that in the run-up to the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, European policymakers just did not think properly about how to make the Euro work. Was this really the case? Did European policymakers really overlook the economic foundations of European monetary union?

The project aims to examine European policymakers' debates and proposals, understand the reasons for their success or failure, identify the dynamics of political and economic trade-offs and compromises, shifting priorities, and alternative approaches that were abandoned at the time but recycled later. The project focuses on five work packages: macroeconomic policy coordination, fiscal transfers, capital market integration, banking harmonisation/supervision and the deepening of the common/single market. The project will examine the origins of the issues that are currently bedevilling the European Union (EU) by investigating the period between the creation of the EEC in 1957 and the decision to create a European single currency in 1992.

PhD positions

The PhD projects will focus on the role and influence of non-state, non-EEC actors and factors in the above discussions. Interested applicants should focus specifically on the role of one of the following actors/factor:

  • Commercial banks: Commercial banks were central actors in the development of European economic integration, in particular with regard to capital market integration, regulation/supervision, and the development of the common/single market. Did they support the creation of a common market in banking? Did they adopt specific lobbying strategies within their respective member states and in Brussels? How did they view the possible future creation of a monetary union in Europe?
  • Big business (other than banks): The implementation of the common/single market, the issue of EEC fiscal transfers, and macroeconomic policy coordination had an impact on the conduct of business in Europe. Did big business consider that these developments would improve their environment, in creating more business opportunities, easier financing and trade? The Roundtable of Industrialists famously lobbied for the Single Market Project; did big business aim to actively support or oppose other developments at different time periods?
  • Trade unions: Macroeconomic policy coordination, EEC fiscal transfers, and the development of the common/single market had an important impact upon labour relations. How did trade unions try to influence European economic policymaking? In particular, how did they promote European social policies and how did they cope with the challenges induced by European economic integration in a globalising world? The rise of unemployment in Europe from the 1970s as well as the reflections mentioned above about the introduction of an EEC-wide unemployment benefit provided an important points of interest for trade unions.
  • The spread and influence of economic ideas on the evolution of European economic cooperation and integration: Many economic ideas have influenced and competed over the development of European economic integration, including German ordo-liberalism, French planning, and neo-liberalism. Recent studies have shed light on the rise of neo-liberal politics in the evolution of thinking about deregulation and the free movement of capital. How did economic thinking evolve in the EEC and how did these influences permeate policymaking at the European level? This topic would more specifically focus on the intellectual history dimension of the economic integration of Europe by looking at one of these schools of thought. How did these ideas spread among European policymakers? How did these ideas change over time? What was their actual influence?

The successful candidate is expected to:

-          Write a PhD thesis under the supervision of Dr Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol

-          Be an active part of the EURECON project and work in close cooperation with other team members

-          Present papers at conferences

-          Publish in international peer-reviewed journals (individual and co-authored)

-          Participate in yearly workshops organised within the scope of EURECON.

The successful candidate will register for a PhD in Economic and Social History, School of Social and Political Sciences, College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow.

The scholarship covers the successful student’s full-time home/EU tuition fees (£4,121 p.a. for 2016/17), pays a stipend (£14,296 p.a. for 2016/17), and includes a research budget allowance to cover expenses related to archival research and conference attendance (at least £1500 p.a.). There is a possibility for an extension to a fourth year, under the same financial conditions.

PhD students at the University of Glasgow benefit from the College of Social Sciences’ Graduate School Research Training Programme, as well as an annual Thesis Review Committee and an annual Doctoral Retreat. PhD students may also have the opportunity to become Graduate Teaching Assistants and gain teaching experience.

Candidates must be fluent in English. A good command of another European language would be an advantage.

How to apply

Please include the following supporting documentation with your application:

-          Your CV

-          Your research proposal focusing on one of the actors/factors outlined above (max. 2500 words, including footnotes, references and bibliography)

-          Your degree transcripts

-          Your English language certificate

-          Two letters of reference

Interested candidates should apply on the University of Glasgow’s Online Application System Applicants should put ‘EURECON’ in the ‘Research Title’ field in ‘Step 6 – Course Details’ of the application form, and select ‘PhD in Economic and Social History (Research)’.

Interested applicants are strongly advised to discuss their research proposal with Dr Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol ( before they apply.

Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview in Glasgow.

Application deadline is 7 May 2017.