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ESRC PhD Scholarship

Full scholarship to work with the Microloan Foundation on a project in Malawi

We are looking for strong applicants for a fully-funded ESRC collaborative PhD studentship to work with the Microloan Foundation in Malawi to analyse the emergence of entrepreneurship and solar markets in rural Malawi. 

The PhD project will:

1. Trace the patterns of knowledge practice, social relations and solar technology (as a case study) that interact to shape the emergence of women entrepreneurs in rural Malawi.

2. Map the drivers and development of pro-poor markets in Malawi.

3. Assess the role and impact of the Microloan Foundation in supporting entrepreneurs and building markets.

The scholarship holder will receive scholarship support at RCUK rates (EU/UK fees paid, a stipend of at least £13,590 and a contribution towards research expenses) and have the opportunity to work closely with the Microloan Foundation to make a real difference to the lives and livelihoods of Malawian women and their families. 

The successful scholarship holder will hold the equivalent of a strong 2.i or first class honours degree as well as a relevant masters degree. In exceptional circumstances other appropriate experience may replace the masters degree. The scholarship holder must be a UK citizen to qualify for a full scholarship or an EU citizen to qualify for the scholarship minus the stipend.  

In order to apply please email your cv and a covering letter explaining your suitability and motivation for applying to The closing date is Friday 3 May.

If you require any further information please contact Professor James Smith at the above email address.

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