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Ireland Funded PhD Scholarship in Employee Engagement at Trinity Business School 2018


Scholarship Description: Applications are invited for Funded PhD scholarship in Employee Engagement at Trinity Business School in Ireland. This scholarship is available to Home/EU students.

The Trinity Business School’s doctoral programme focuses on educating and training outstanding postgraduate students for careers in professional business research and for academic employment in international business schools.

Scholarship Provider: Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s premier university. The QS World University Ranking 2014/15 rank Trinity College 1st in Ireland and 71st in the world. Trinity Business School offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA programmes and is ranked 1st in Ireland and 16th in Western Europe (Eduniversal Deans’ Ranking 2015). It is the only Irish business school to be recognised as an Elite Global Institution in the QS World Business School Rankings.

Degree Level: Scholarship is available to pursue PhD programme.

Available Subject: Scholarship is awarded in the area of Employee Engagement. The research focus will be determined in conjunction with the sponsoring company and will be in the subject area of Employee Engagement. This is an area of critical importance to all businesses. We know that companies with highly engaged employees outperform those with disengaged employees by 54% in employee retention and by 89% in customer satisfaction. Further research reveals that 70% of engaged employees are customer focused as distinct from 17% of disengaged employees. It is a fascinating area of research representing considerable benefits for conscientious companies. Professor Amanda Shantz will act as academic supervisor.

Scholarship benefits: The scholarship comprises the cost of home/EU fees per year, and a stipend of €17,000 per annum for up to 3 years. An additional €2,000 per annum is provided for field work/conference attendance.

Eligible Nationalities: This scholarship is available to Home/EU students.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

A minimum of a 2.1 undergraduate degree in social sciences and a Master’s qualification in a relevant business discipline is essential e.g. MSc Business or MBA. The successful candidate will be required to take part in the structured PhD programme at the Trinity Business School.

Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Application Procedure: There are two steps to the application process.

Step 1. Initially you should email Professor Amanda Shantz ([email protected]) with (1) an up-to-date curriculum vitae with a one-page cover letter and (2) a research proposal based on the above description (3500 ± 10% words, excluding references). In the cover letter, you need to describe how you fulfil the required criteria, your reasons for applying, and reasons for your interest in teaching. For the research proposal, you could focus on one or a few research questions listed above. Please refer to the Trinity Business School website for more information on how to prepare a research proposal. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed either in person or through a video conferencing facility.

Informal enquiries can be sent to Professor Amanda Shantz via email ( The deadline for this application is Friday, 29th June 2018.

Step 2. The selected candidate will be invited to apply online to the Business School Doctoral Programme. Full details are found here For this stage you will be required to provide two academic references, academic transcripts which must be certified by the issuing body, a certified copy of degree certificate(s), a certified certificate of English Language Competency if English is not your first language and your research proposal. The deadline for this second step of the application process is the Friday, 13th July 2018.

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