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The Research Centre in Global Finance (RCGF) scholarship

Deadline: 31 January 2018

The Research Centre in Global Finance (RCGF) is pleased to invite applications for one PhD Scholarship, designed to support the research of the AXA Chair in Global Finance, held by Professor Victor Murinde, in the School of Finance and Management, at SOAS University of London.

The RCGF undertakes rigorous research and provide the first point of call for stakeholders (researchers, policy makers and practitioners), on large datasets and evidence on mega trends in global finance, and how these mega trends are shaping developments in the international financial system and the global economy.

The research programme of the RCGF is structured around new research projects, led by distinguished researchers within the RCGF and the School of Finance and Management (SFM), including, among others:

As an integral element of this growth, the RCGF and the SFM seek to attract additional talent, via a highly promising PhD student.

The scholarship is for a Home/EU applicant and is valued at £20,897 in total. Fees will be deducted from this amount and the remainder will be used toward maintenance. Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarship may be renewed for the normal duration of a full-time student’s registration. The normal duration of a full-time student’s registration for a research degree is three years. The award is therefore renewable for up to a further two years.

Eligible Programme

  • The full-time MPhil/PHD Finance and Management - September 2018 entry only, whose thesis topic focuses on the research programme of the RCGF.
  • Part-time programmes are not eligible.

Candidate Criteria

  • Applicants must possess a first class or a good upper second class undergraduate degree (or its equivalent in the case of non-UK candidates) plus a good merit or distinction (or equivalent) at a Masters level.
  • This scholarship is open to UK/EU applicants only
  • Applicants must submit a research proposal, which must focus on the research programme of the RCGF. Applicants (new admissions, i.e. starting in September 2018) should provide evidence of this in the research proposal of their admission application. 
  • Applicants (new admissions, i.e. starting in September 2018) should include in their personal statement details of their research skills and future academic or career plans It is important that the applicants' referees comment on the candidate’s research skill, especially with respect to the theory work or econometric applications.  
  • Applicants (new admissions, i.e. starting in September 2018) must have an offer of admission to a degree programme at SOAS by the time the scholarship selection process starts at SOAS. It is expected that the scholarship selection will start on 14 February 2018.
  • Applicants (new admissions, i.e. starting in September 2018) must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS by 1 June 2018. If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.

Candidate Assessment

  • Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by a Selection Panel consisting of the AXA Chair in Global Finance plus two academic members of the CRGF and SFM.
  • Academic references, degree results, personal statement, CV, research proposal and other relevant information in your application will be considered to assess the academic merit of the applicant
  • The decision of the Selection Panel will be final.

Scholarship Application Deadline

  •  Scholarship applications must be received no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on 31 January 2018.
  • You must submit a complete online application to your programme by 3 January 2018. Applicants applying for scholarships must also submit an application for admission well in advance. Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year. You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered

Notification of Results

Successful candidates will be notified by the end of June.  If you have not heard from us by the end of June, you should assume your application was unsuccessful. 

Scholarship Application Procedures

You must follow two steps:   

STEP 1:  Apply for the full-time MPhil/PhD Finance and Management (September Entry) by 3 January 2018.

Applicants must submit a COMPLETE on-line application for admission. 

Applicants must have an offer of admission to the full-time MPhil/PhD Finance and Management (September Entry) at SOAS by the scholarship deadline. A complete application for admission includes transcripts, an explanation of the grading system for any degrees obtained outside of the UK, two references, CV, research proposal and a personal statement. The panel will be considering your scholarship application TOGETHER with your online application for admission.  Please note that complete application for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year.  You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.

STEP 2:  Apply for the scholarship by 17:00 (UK local time) on 31 January 2018.

You must apply for this scholarship via the on-line scholarship application form.

For enquiries, please:
Email: scholarships@soas.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7074 5094/5091