Sunday, August 23, 2009

PhD Scholarships in Management - Greece and UK

What is the Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community?

The Anglo-Hellenic doctoral community presents a unique opportunity to
bring together a range of expertise from Scotland and Greece in order to
support the development of talented doctoral students who wish to engage
in empirical research in Greece. Such a community offers opportunities,
that otherwise may not be available, to study at a leading UK
University. Students will spend up to 60% of their academic year in
Athens, gaining experience in a range of research activities. The Athens
Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) ( seeks to
support this endeavour with academic expertise and supervision offered
by its director Dr Gregory T. Papanikos, and also financially by
providing a scholarship fund to help support exceptional doctoral
candidates. Strathclyde University Business School (SBS)
( will provide academic supervision, high
quality facilities, post-graduate research training, and academic
standards and validation, and Professor Sharon Bolton will offer
supervisory expertise and academic management of the community.

The creation of an Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community has six central
objectives and related outcomes:

• To offer opportunities to exceptional students who wish to study at a
leading UK university whilst engaging in empirical research in Greece.

• To create a community of early-career scholars that is supported by
two research-based institutions – ATINER in Greece and SBS in UK – thus
providing a strong network of mechanisms that provide support for
quality research and successful completion of doctoral theses

• To produce innovative research that will be of importance to the
academic, policy and business communities in Greece, UK, Europe and beyond.
• To establish lifelong networks of collaboration between the UK and Greece
• To create flows of knowledge exchange
• To build the next generation of leading academics, policy makers and
business leaders with a pan-European outlook

Studying for a PhD at Strathclyde University Business School

PhD students will be expected to pursue structured, supervised research
into one of the many business-related fields in which Strathclyde
Management School has expertise. Particularly, members of the
Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community will focus on producing innovative
research that will be of importance to the academic, policy and business
communities in Greece, UK, Europe and beyond.

The minimum research period for a full-time PhD is 3 years. At the end
of this period, candidates will be expected to write an extended thesis,
demonstrating evidence of their capacity to pursue scholarly research
that is reflective and offers critical insight into an under-researched
area. The results of their research should make an original contribution
to knowledge and be of a standard appropriate for dissemination and
publication to a wide audience.

Where will the Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community reside?

The Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community will be based in the Department of
Management, Strathclyde University Business School (SBS). Students will
register at SBS, be involved with induction activities and attend
Research Training. They will attend the Department of Management’s
annual ‘doctoral day’ in October and be expected to present their
research as part of the departmental seminar series in year two and
three of their studies. As networking and knowledge exchange activities
will be at the heart of the Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community’s
activities, students will also be expected to submit papers to
international academic conferences in years two and three, and also to
present and attend the ATINER conferences that take place every summer
in Athens as a means of regularly networking with academics from all
over the world. Special seminars and workshops will also be held at
ATINER covering methodological issues, and the European business and
economic environment. Depending on supervisory arrangements, members of
the cohort may spend up to 60% of their academic year in Athens,
studying under the supervision of Dr Gregory T. Papanikos. For those
students who receive scholarships, summers in Athens will be spent
conducting research assistance work for ATINER (supporting projects and
the conference season).

Fees and Administration

Candidates offered a place to study as part of the Anglo-Hellenic
Doctoral Community will be registered at Strathclyde University as
full-time Doctoral candidates from October 2009. Current Fees: 3,450 GB
Pounds per year which includes registration, attendance at research
training classes, supervision, full use of Strathclyde University’s
postgraduate student facilities and support services, and administration
of the cohort by Professor Sharon Bolton, Department of Management.

It is expected members of the Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community will
submit their completed theses following three years of study. The theses
will be examined according to Strathclyde procedures and standards. Each
member of the Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community will be assessed
annually by an independent panel of experts drawn from Strathclyde
University, appointed by the department of Management, SBS, as per the
Strathclyde system. Students who do not make satisfactory progress will
be advised either to aim to complete the degree of MPhil or to cease
study entirely. The decision of the panel will be final.

Members of the Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community will receive academic
supervision from either Dr Gregory T. Papanikos or Professor Sharon
Bolton, with co-supervisors based at Strathclyde appointed according to
student proposals and supervisory availability. Professor Sharon Bolton
will also act as overall leader of the cohort and the main point of
contact for all matters relating to student admission, registration,
progress and monitoring of periods spent in Athens.

ATINER intends to offer a total scholarship fund of 90,000 euros over a
period of three years. Scholarships will be awarded to exceptional
applicants to support their period of study. Scholarships may take the
form of support scholarships or fees only. Candidates will be awarded
scholarships for a period of three years – however, annual renewal of
funding will depend entirely on academic progress and contribution to
the Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral Community.

Entry Requirements

Before applying to become a member of the Anglo-Hellenic Doctoral
Community, candidates need to be sure that they have a keen personal
interest in the topic they will be researching - and an interest in the
process of research. They will need a strong academic background and the
motivation to pursue independent research for a period of 3 years.

For registration as a PhD student, candidates will need:

• A first degree equivalent to a UK 2:1 and above, i.e. GPA 3.2 or
better/ a GMAT score of 600 or above.

• A Master’s degree with a significant research component in the Social
Sciences (and associated disciplines) or applied economics, with grades
at Merit and Distinctions levels.

• Evidence is also required that a candidate’s English proficiency is
adequate for high level academic study. Leading UK universities ask for
an IELTS balanced test score of at least 7.0. If candidates are unable
to take the IELTS then an IB TOEFL score of at least 100 may be
accepted. A Cambridge Proficiency Certificate in English (grade C) may
also be accepted. Oral language skills will also be assessed at interview

• Two References – one must be from someone who can vouch for academic


In the first instance, enquires should be directed to Dr. Sharon Bolton,
Head, Management Research Unit, ATINER & Professor, Department of
Management, University of Strathclyde, Scotland, U.K. or Gregory T.
Papanikos, Director, ATINER & Visiting Professor, Department of
Management, University of Strathclyde, U.K. via email only

Informal interviews will take place in Athens. Following interview, a
selection of potential candidates will be invited to make a full
application with a detailed research proposal attached. ONLY those who
are invited to make a full application will be considered.

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