PhD studentships

Our studentships cover the full cost of your tuition fees, including registration, doctoral training and access to facilities. Some studentships also include a tax-free stipend to support your travel and living expenses.

At Loughborough University London, we are in pursuit of high-achieving postgraduate research students, who wish to join a leading UK institution and benefit from our outstanding facilities and support networks.

What's included?

Our PhD studentships normally cover the full cost of tuition fees for 3 years’ full-time study for successful UK, EU and International applicants. Successful UK and EU applicants will normally receive a tax-free stipend which will be given in monthly instalments. Additional funding may be provided for field research, travel and conference expenses.

  • Academic supervisors to guide and support your research
  • 24-hour access to the campus, including IT and research facilities
  • Exclusive use of hot desks, meeting rooms and a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area
  • 24 hour access to the campus library
  • Free laptop hire and printing
  • How to apply

    To apply for a studentship, please follow our step by step guide to submitting a PhD application here. When submitting an application, please ensure that you quote the correct studentship reference number, which is included in each studentship listing below.

    Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship studentship

    Reference number: LUL/2020/IIE

    Start date: October 2020

    Study location: Loughborough University London

    Closing date: 5 July 2020 (Loughborough University reserves the right to close this vacancy before the advertised closing date if a suitable candidate is identified). Interviews will take place in August 2020.

    Project Detail

    The scholarship is tied to the Centre for Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation set up jointly by the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in London and the School of Business and Economics at the Loughborough (East Midlands) campus. The Centre for Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) provides research and practice-based insights on how executives, managers and entrepreneurs can build, manage and sustain the innovative organization, across all organizational contexts including public or private, large or small, new or established, and family or non-family. Through research, engagement and international partnerships, we seek to help leaders to better understand the state of play for corporate entrepreneurship and innovation in their organisation.

    We are seeking a high-calibre PhD student to conduct their research at the London campus and contribute to the Centre efforts to address some of the critical issues facing organizations today including:

    • What will the future organization look like and how will that differ from the present?
    • What capabilities enable organizational readiness for change?
    • How do organisations innovate and sustain innovation now and into the future?
    • Why do some organizations fail to change while others succeed?
    • What governance structures support different types of organizations (e.g. small or large, family or non-family) to sustain corporate entrepreneurship, innovation and success?

    About the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Loughborough University is ranked within the top ten universities in England for research intensity (REF2014).

    The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a vibrant team of scholars and PhD students with research interests that span a variety of entrepreneurial actors, behaviours, outcomes, and types of organisation.

    The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is part of Loughborough University London – an interdisciplinary, postgraduate-only campus located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. The campus is in proximity of various start-up companies and other London-based universities, as well as sports and leisure facilities.

    Entry requirements

    We welcome applications from students with an honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent. A relevant master's degree, or equivalent qualifications and/or experience would be beneficial.

    Funding information

    The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £17,009 per annum for the duration of the studentship, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the international tuition fee only.

    Contact details

    For informal enquiries please contact either Dr Louise Scholes ( or Professor Mat Hughes (

    How to apply

    All applications should be made online using the online application portal. Under programme name, please select Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Please remember to include your CV, postgraduate and undergraduate transcripts, as well as a comrehensive research proposal outlining your intended PhD research.

    To apply for this studentship, please quote reference number: LUL/2020/IIE

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