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David Goldman PhD studentship in Innovation and Enterprise

Value of award

The studentship will cover PhD fees at the Home rate and a level of subsistence equal to that provided by ESRC studentships (£15,285 in 2020/21).

Number of awards


Start date and duration

Project start date: Ideally early 2021. The funding covers a three year PhD.

Application closing date

15 June 2021.


Smart technologies aim to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of their users, contributing to economic, social, and environmental development. Smart technologies involve the implementation and deployment of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructures, applications and services to support social and urban growth.

This studentship aims to attract interest by individuals with a strong background and a research focus in innovation, technology and enterprise. Given the scope of the endowment, the Business School is primarily interested in sponsoring a student who has an interest in “smart technologies” and digital innovation. Potential applications may consider digital innovation, digital twins, smart cities, smart homes, smart retail and smart tourism. Any topic in these areas, ideally from a user-perspective, is welcome.

The Goldman endowment to Newcastle University Business School was established in 2001 to commemorate the life and work of David Goldman, founder and Chief Executive of the North East’s iconic software company, the Sage Group plc. David Goldman had played a leading role in transforming the economic fortunes of the North East region.


Goldman Endowment

Name of supervisor(s)

The successful candidate will be supervised by Professor Savvas Papagiannidis, the David Goldman Professor of Innovation and Enterprise. More information about Prof Papagiannidis and his recent published work and interests can be found here.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should have a good honours degree (ideally first-class) in an area related to the proposed field of study. Applicants should also have a Master’s-level qualification at ‘Merit’ or preferably ‘Distinction’ level in a relevant subject area. 

The award is available to Home, EU and international candidates. If English is not your first language, you must have ELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, and 6.0 in all other sub-skills). 

EU and International students will have to pay a top up in fees between the home rate and the international rate.

The holder of the studentship may also have the opportunity to undertake a small amount of teaching within the school. Payment for this will be at a standard hourly rate in addition to the annual studentship.

How to apply

You must complete the University’s postgraduate application form, selecting 'PhD Newcastle University Business School (full time)’ as the programme of study and inserting the reference GOLD21. All mandatory fields should be completed and submitted alongside a full and detailed C.V., an outline research proposal of around 1,000 – 2,000 words and a personal statement of around 500 words which sets out your reasons for applying.


Informal enquires about the studentship may be made to:

Professor Savvas Papagiannidis
David Goldman Professor of Innovation and Enterprise

Eligible Courses