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Peter and Norah Lomas PhD Scholarship in Economics

Value of award

The studentship will cover PhD fees at the home rate (£ 4,500 for 2021/22) and a stipend equal to that provided by ESRC scholarships (rate of £15,609 for 2021/22).

International students can opt to have the scholarship to fully cover the fees at the international rate (£ 18,000 for 2021/22) and receive a stipend of £ 2,109. They would need to indicate their preferred choice only after the notification of the award.

Students can also apply for paid research or teaching opportunities when they arise in the School. These are paid at standard hourly rate, based on qualifications and experience.

Application closing date

25 May 2021.


Newcastle University Business School invites applications for a three-year PhD studentship for a number of full-time students to undertake a PhD in economics or economic history, starting their studies in September 2021. The School particularly welcomes applications that are aligned with one or more of the key research themes of its Research Community in Economics:


This scholarship is funded by a gift to the University by alumnus, Mr. Peter Lomas.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should have a good Honours degree (first-class or upper-second-class Honours). Additionally, they must possess, or expect to receive by April 2021, a Master’s-level qualification, or equivalent, with merit or above in a relevant subject area, like Economics, Statistics, Maths, etc.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate fully in the intellectual life of the Economics Subject Group, attending internal and external research seminars in Economics, and engage with the training opportunities offered by Economics Subject Group, the Business School, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the NARTI network.

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

How to apply

You must complete the University’s postgraduate application form:


You should submit a full and detailed CV, 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.

You also need to submit your degree transcripts and certificates, in addition to two letters of reference to support your academic credentials. 

You are encouraged to approach a member of staff whose research interests align with your research area to discuss their availability to supervise you and champion your application.

The list of staff in Economics is available here.


Informal enquires about the studentship may be made to Carolyn Watkin: E-mail:

Eligible Courses