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The University of Exeter Business School MRes + PhD Scholarships in Management and Business for Black British researchers Ref: 4477

About the award

The University of Exeter Business School trains world-class researchers who will shape how we understand and respond to the most important societal challenges. We are offering a 1-year MRes plus the 3-year doctoral scholarship for Black British researchers. We are keen to receive applications from UK domiciled residents identifying as Black (Black or Black British African, Black or Black British Caribbean, Black or Black British other or Mixed Black or Black British).

We have a very generous funding scheme to support the most outstanding students who wish to complete a PhD in Accounting or Management. Successful applicants first receive funding to complete one of the University of Exeter Business School’s Research Masters (MRes), which provides a rigorous foundation in the skills that are required to conduct high quality research. Students who meet the PhD entry criteria will then receive funding for full-time study in one of the University of Exeter Business School’s PhD programmes.

Students receive full funding, which includes a tax-free stipend of £19,000 that covers the MRes plus the 3-year PhD, and a tuition fee waiver. Students are additionally eligible for funding to support their research, development and conference attendance. The scholarship includes a requirement that students work as teaching or research assistants for 23 days (180 hours) a year. This is a valuable part of your training and will ensure that you graduate from the Business School as a highly skilled researcher and educator. The Programme is run on a full-time basis only and students are expected to live in Exeter.

Students in the Management and Business pathway first complete the one-year MRes in Management, which prepares students for a PhD in an area requiring diverse methodologies and a solid grounding in theory (e.g., management, entrepreneurship, accounting). Decisions on PhD topic and supervision will be made towards the end of the MRes, giving students plenty of time to explore a range of topics and to meet the faculty.

For more information about the scholarship and informal enquiries, please contact

Entry requirements

You need an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, with a final grade in the top 10% of your graduating class. Most incoming students also hold a Masters degree. 

How to apply

To apply, click on the “Apply Now” button above.

You will be asked to complete the application form, and to upload the documents listed below by midnight on Monday 11th July 2022.

Note, your application will not be considered if you do not upload all of the documents listed below in the specified form; please do not upload any additional documents as they will not be considered.

1. An essay of no more than 750 words maximum explaining (1) why you are applying for the scholarship, (2) why you are a suitable recipient of the scholarship and (3) your expectations for the MRes + PhD in your chosen pathway.
2. A CV of no more than 2 pages
3. The official transcript or certified copy of university grades from all past degrees
4. Two academic reference letters (one must be from your most recent institution)
5. If relevant, valid, original Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Cambridge score report (if required).

You need to give details of two referees. They should be faculty members who know your work well and can judge your research potential, such as previous supervisors or academic tutors. You can also attach a CV of up to two pages long. The essay forms an important part of the application, so ensure that you give this sufficient attention.

Application Timeline:

- Applications are due by midnight Monday 11th July 2022.
- Shortlisting w/c 11th July 2022 with invites to interview same week.
- Interviews held w/c 25th July 2022
- Orientation for new students takes place in mid-September.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to an interview in July to meet faculty and discuss their candidacy. You do not need to contact faculty members before you make an application. Decisions on supervisors are only made towards the end of the MRes, so you will have plenty of time to get to know faculty. We do encourage you to read the faculty profiles on our website to see if faculty in the School have research interests relevant to what you wish to do.


Application deadline:11th July 2022
Value:Students receive full funding, which includes a tax-free stipend of £19,000 that covers the MRes plus the 3-year PhD, and a tuition fee waiver.
Duration of award:per year
Contact: PGR Admissions Team