The University of Liverpool Management School Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTFs)

  • Supervisors: TBC


ULMS PhD Funding Call: September 2020 entry

Reference: PHD-BLPRULMS-2020

Closing date: 17:00, Friday 10th January 2020

The University of Liverpool Management School is inviting applications from prospective PhD candidates with an outstanding academic achievement and research potential for a number of Studentships in the 2020/2021 academic year. These studentships will be awarded across the School, providing full fees (at Home/EU rate/International rate) and a stipend of £15,009* a year for up to four years. These applications are initially for the Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTFs), but by completing an application form you will be considered for both the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership NWSSDTP funding and funding via the ULMS GTF Scheme. Please see below for further details of each of these schemes.

The University of Liverpool Management School

The University of Liverpool Management School is a world leading centre for management and leadership trainingeducation and research. The School is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be AACSB Accredited. The achievement of AACSB accreditation means that not only has the School met specific standards of excellence, but has also made a commitment to on-going improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver high quality education to its students.

Part of the research intensive Russell Group of Universities, the Management School’s 175 international experts shape world-class academic thought and make a direct impact on a wide range of organisations and institutions. These experts publish in top-tier journals across many research areas and take a number of editorships in prestigious academic journals. Our investment in an excellent research environment and a flourishing cohort of PhD researchers coupled with our refreshingly interdisciplinary focus put the Management School at the forefront of academic research, making a difference to our many local, national and international partners. 

Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTFs)

The Graduate Teaching Fellowships provide an opportunity for applicants with a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree, a Masters degree in a cognate subject and a strong commitment to research, to combine studying for a PhD with the acquisition of teaching experience. Each post is associated to a particular subject group within the School, of which there are currently 6: Work, Organization and Management, Strategy International Business and Entrepreneurship, Finance and Accounting, Economics, Operations and Supply Chain Management and Marketing

Participating in the Scheme will enable GTFs to attain funding for their doctoral research whilst receiving training and mentoring to become rounded academics. In addition to conducting their research, they will have the opportunity to contribute to ULMS’s dynamic research culture and to the delivery of an outstanding learning experience for students in the School.

GTF programmes run for four years (early completions are permitted. GTFs who complete their PhDs before four years will default into a post-doctoral position until GTF funding ceases). In year one, fellows are required to demonstrate progress in developing their research skills, typically by completing relevant courses on select Masters programmes. Year one also requires completion of teacher training programmes offered by the University of Liverpool and limited teaching engagement, primarily through shadowing and mentored classroom involvement. Years two to four require a total of up to 300 hours of teaching (equivalent to 100 hours per annum), alongside the doctoral research project. GTFs will receive an annual stipend of £15,009 plus a fee waiver and will have access to student support funds in line with the wider doctoral training provision at ULMS. These fellowships will be open to all nationalities and subject areas.

NWSSDTP Studentships

Much of the PhD research training at ULMS is informed by our partnership with Lancaster University Management School and Manchester Business School as part of the ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre (now referred to as the NWSSDTP). This relationship ensures that all our PhD students have access to the highest standards of training cognate across the three Universities, both in social science research and career and life skills. With this in mind shortlisted applicants from the GTF Scheme will be further advised by the ULMS Research Team to apply for the prestigious ESRC NWSSDTP studentships as part of this application process. For these studentships, applicants are organized into one of two cohorts: Business and Management or Economics, Finance and Accounting, each with their own NWSSDTP Studentships.

Possible routes

1+3 Programme

Students may apply to this scheme if they have a Masters qualification that has not provided them with specific research methods training to progress directly onto a PhD or for those who do not yet hold a Masters qualification. In the latter case in particular, evidence of a strong track record on their undergraduate degree is essential. For the 1+3 studentships, you should have an appropriate first degree of class 2:1 or above; International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines. You will be required to initially register on the MRes in Research programme.

+3 Programme

In order to be eligible for the 3 year PhD NWSSDTP studentships, which are very competitive routes, you should have a very good Master’s degree in Business, Management, Accounting, Finance, Economics or a related discipline.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete all sections of the University Postgraduate Study Application Form. Applications to be made via the University of Liverpool Apply Online, system, selecting programme of study Management Studies. In the Finance section select funding source Sponsor and insert PHD-BLPRULMS-2020 studentship’ in the box below. Also include this as the first line of your Personal Statement. 

Alongside the completed application form and Personal Statement, applicants should submit the following supporting documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Two academic reference letters, signed and on letter headed paper
  • University transcripts
  • English Language qualifications

All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language (IELTS 6.5 average overall and a minimum of 6.0 in each component), and, where relevant, are required to provide evidence of this. Qualifications accepted by the University include GCSE English; GCE O level English; AS Level English; A Level English Language; IELTS; Cambridge Proficiency etc. Please refer to the full list here.

  • Degree certificates
  • Personal statement
  • Research proposal**.

Please give details of your PhD proposal around 2000 words. References/bibliography should be included within this word limit. The assessment panel will closely assess submitted proposal against these key criteria:

1. Does the study clearly articulate its aim and contribution?

2. Is the proposed methodology consistent with the research aim?

3. Does the study clearly foreshadow its practical ramifications for the key research areas identified above?

4. Is the proposed timeline both feasible and realistic?

The proposal should explain why you would like to undertake this research and your thoughts on the distinct challenges and opportunities it might bring.

It is expected that candidates contact potential ULMS supervisors before the deadline to explore whether collaboration can be initiated.

Application Process

Closing Date for Applications: 5pm, Friday 10th January 2020

First Round Shortlisting (for NWSSDTP funding): Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Short listed applicants will be advised to apply for the ESRC NWSSDTP Studentships: Friday 24th January 2020

Second Round Shortlisting (for GTFs): To be confirmed - Short-listed candidates will be interviewed.

Interviews for GTFs: 4th & 5th February 2020

Further Information

If you would like to discuss the studentships further, please contact Dr Dilani Jayawarna (

Informal enquiries can also be directed to the ULMS Research Support Team (


Open to students worldwide

Funding information

Funded studentship

These studentships will be awarded across the School, providing full fees (at Home/EU rate/International rate) and a stipend of £15,009* a year for up to four years.

*Stipend amount of £15,009 subject to slight increase