PhD Scholarship: “How Multinationals Manage Human Rights”

University of Manchester


  • Location: Manchester
  • Closing Date: 31/01/2018

Alliance Manchester Business School is committed to recruiting the highest calibre Ph.D. students from across the globe. With an excellent international reputation, we strive to produce graduates and researchers of distinction who attain the highest standards of academic excellence, contribute to their disciplines and typify Original Thinking Applied.

Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,000 stipend per year,

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2018. The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance. You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups. In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

The United Nations Human Rights Council endorsed a set of Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the UNGP’s) in June 2011. The endorsement of the UNGP’s was significant for two reasons: first, they clarify that the human rights responsibilities of nation states apply to all of state activities, including its dealings with business; second they require business to take responsibility for their impacts on human rights. Corporations’ responsibility for human rights fundamentally challenges our established models of the role of business in society and what corporations are, and should, be accountable for.

Businesses are starting to take this responsibility seriously and human rights is beginning to enter management systems and practices. However, as yet we know little about how human rights responsibilities are being managed by businesses, what or who these practices involve, or how effective they are. This seminal study will begin to provide answers to these questions.

The project will be based in the Business & Human Rights Catalyst, a multidisciplinary research initiative based in AMBS, and one of the first human rights programmes worldwide to be hosted in a business school. It aims, through world-leading research and policy recommendations, to have real impact on the rights of some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Business & Management programme and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a letter of interest outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, understanding of the project, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the deadline will not be considered.


For further details about the project, please contact Prof. Stefan Zagelmeyer at [email protected].

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham: [email protected]