ESRC SDSCollaborative Studentship: Entrepreneurialism in Work (EiW): Its forms, requisite skills and enabling organisational factors


Available to study a PhD in the Adam Smith Business School in the College of Social Sciences under the supervision Dr Scott Hurrell and Dr Jillian Gordon (both Management, Adam Smith Business School).

More information is available here.


Students must meet ESRC eligibility criteria. ESRC eligibility information can be found here*:

Applicants must also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • A good first degree* (at least 2:1), preferably with a social science component.
  • For a +3 award (see below) applicants must additionally have: a) A Master’s degree at merit or distinction level* with a substantial component allied to business, management or related areas; and b) The equivalent of 60 credits research methods training at Master’s level.
  • A demonstrable interest in, and knowledge of, organisations, work and entrepreneurship.
  • A good grounding in social science research methods, economic and management issues.

 * If degree results are not known at the time of application, we can take the application forward based upon grades achieved on the degree so far. Results will need to be confirmed prior to commencing the programme.

Eligible Countries

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Northern Ireland
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Scotland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Wales

Eligible Programmes


The scholarship is available as a three year ‘+3 ‘(PhD only) or a four year ‘1+3’ (research masters plus PhD) programme, depending on level of prior qualifications and research training.  This will be assessed as part of the recruitment process.  The programme will commence in October 2019.  It includes

  • An annual maintenance grant at the RCUK rate (2018/19 rate £14,777 full-time).
  • Fees at the standard Home rate.
  • Students can also draw on a pooled Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), usually up to a maximum of £750 per year.

How to apply

Applicants must register their interest by completing the ESRC Eligilibility Checker: 

Applicants should then register on the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences GradHub and fill out equal opportunity data (this is a requirement of the application process and equal opportunity data is used for monitoring purposes only, and not in the decision making process, completing and uploading the following documents on to GradHub

  • Application form
  • Academic transcripts
  • References
  • CV
  • A cover letter detailing the following:
    • Your research interests
    • A detailed course description of your Master's research training (where applying for the +3 award)
    • Details of any other relevant training and skills you have
    • Your long-term career goals
    • A short statement (max 1,000 words) explaining how the above fit with, and can add to, the research project.

The cover letter should be uploaded as a standalone document with the file named as follows *your name_HurrellGordonGlasgowSDS_date*   

Applications should be submit application through GradHub

Closing Date: 19 April 2019


For further information on the application process and eligibility criteria please contact William Shirriffs (

For other information (e.g. on the project itself, please contact Scott Hurrell ( or Jillian Gordon (