PhD Opportunities

PhD Scholarship Opportunity at QUT’s Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (APCNS)

The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) has provided transformative education and research for and with the philanthropy/ nonprofit and social enterprise sectors for nearly 20 years. In addition, ACPNS is the Social Purpose research arm of QUT’s new Centre for Future Enterprise, committed to providing high-impact research that informs robust enterprises of the future.

Would you fit this opportunity to research one of our four streams?

    1. Nonprofit Finance, Accounting and Accountability
    2. Philanthropy, Fundraising and Nonprofit Marketing
    3. Nonprofit Governance, Management, Leadership and Culture
    4. Social Enterprise, Innovation and Business Ethics

We are seeking a motivated and qualified candidate as a PhD Scholar who has interdisciplinary curiosity and skills, and a desire to conduct high standard research. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with ACPNS researchers as well as access to research partners and sector leaders.


The PhD Scholarship is open to either domestic or international applicants, however, the successful candidate must commence in person (and be in Brisbane, Australia) by 1 September 2020. No exceptions can be considered.


For more information and to submit your application, please refer to the dedicated page.

Applications close 11:59pm (AEST) Wednesday 24th June, 2020.



The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) is also the Social-Purpose arm of our University’s new Centre for Future Enterprise. Delighted to invite you to consider:

6 new positions available at QUT’s Centre for Future Enterprise

* 4 PhD Scholarships * 2 Post-doctoral Research Fellowships

The Centre for Future Enterprise is one of QUT’s newly established nine University Research Centres dedicated to demand-driven, rigorous research covering the following four research themes:

a)      The entrepreneurial enterprise

b)     The digital enterprise

c)      The social-purpose enterprise

d)     The robust enterprise

As part of the Centre’s ambitious growth strategy, we are now recruiting for the following six positions (click on each position for more details);

1)     2 year post-doctoral research fellow

2)     6-month visiting post-doctoral research fellow

3)     4 PhD scholarships

We are seeking motivated candidates who have academic openness, interdisciplinary curiosity and skills, and a desire to conduct demand-driven, empirical research to global standards. We are particularly interested in candidates who have strong stakeholder engagement skills and disciplinary knowledge that can be applied in one  or more of the following domains: Data science, AI and machine learning system, econometrics, information systems, strategic management, technology management, information and network economics, entrepreneurship, digital transformation, non-profit accountability, governance, public policy, trust, or philanthropic/ social/ enterprise/non-profit leadership.

CFE cultivates an ambitious, proactive, global research community, characterised by mutual support and collective curiosity, nurturing young talent and connecting researchers with competitive grant funding and reputable industry partners from leading enterprises, charities and governments.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with multiple CFE research experts from different disciplines such as strategy, technology management, entrepreneurship and innovation, information systems (IS), philanthropy and social enterprises. They will also benefit from the CFE’s supporting services and infrastructure for the next stage of their career development. These include, among others, mentoring, support for grants, international and industry engagement, as well as, peer-to-peer support.

For more information visit



Postdoctoral Fellow for Academic Diversity

American University: School of Public Affairs: Public Administration and Policy

The Department of Public Administration and Policy (DPAP) in the School of Public Affairs at American University invites applications for a full-time, postdoctoral fellow beginning August 1, 2020 and ending July 31, 2021. Applicants should have a PhD or an anticipated PhD completion by August 2020 in the field of public administration, public policy, political science, economics, or a related field.

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital.  For more information about American University,

Established in 1934, the School of Public Affairs offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the departments of Government; Justice, Law, & Criminology; and Public Administration & Policy.  The Department of Public Administration & Policy offers six graduate degrees, an undergraduate minor, and several graduate certificates.  Its programs are consistently ranked among the best in the field of public affairs by U.S. News & World Report.  Learn more about the School of Public Affairs about the Department of Public Administration & Policy


American University prides itself on having a diverse workforce and to that end encourages applications from underrepresented minorities interested in advancing their stellar careers in public administration and policy. Field of study is open but candidates conducting research in areas that build upon the strength of DPAP’s faculty are especially welcome including public administration, public management, research on the nonprofit sector, and the policy areas of education, health, and poverty. Postdoctoral Fellows will participate fully in the academic life of the department, including engaging with faculty and participation in DPAP’s research seminar series. Teaching responsibilities will include two courses per academic year in the school’s Master of Public Policy, Master of Public Administration, and minor in Public Administration and Policy.

Application Instructions

Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin on March 10, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit applications at Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), three reference letters, and copies of recently published articles or working papers. Please, if you have any questions.



Engaged Scholarship for Development: Building Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice
Guidelines and deadline for submission

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 January 2020.
Notification of accepted abstracts is 15 February 2020

 Invitation to PhDs and early-career researchers in development studies to share ideas on their research methodologies, findings and experiences towards solidarity, peace and social justice.

In collaboration with EADI ISS 2020 ConferenceOpens external, we are pleased to announce that the 17th edition of the Development Dialogue (DD) will be held on the 29th and 30th of June 2020 at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Engaged Scholarship for Development: Building Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice’.

Call for abstracts
In line with the theme of the EADI conference, the DD17 will explore questions including:

How and why do we, as engaged PhD researchers, contribute to solidarity, peace and social justice?
How can we find new understandings to the concept of ‘development’, through the lenses of solidarity, peace and social justice?
What are the limits and opportunities for engaged scholarship and activism around global development issues?
We would like to invite participants to reflect on any aspect of solidarity, peace and social justice, under the thematic areas including, but not limited to:

Social movements
Agrarian development
Conflict and security
Gender equality
Environment and sustainable development
Health and education
Humanitarian aid
Sexual and reproductive health and rights
Public policy and international law

Call for applications: Countering asymmetries in knowledge production on Africa Writing workshop 2019 for early career researchers (Fully Funded to Accra,Ghana)

Application Deadline: 25 June 2019.

 Asymmetries in knowledge production in African Studies are well-known and are reflected in the underrepresentation of African scholars in academic journals. This 5-day writing workshop aims to counter such asymmetries and to contribute to endogenous knowledge production in the humanities and social sciences by scholars based in West Africa (ECOWAS member countries). It will combine theoretical discussions on issues of ‘decolonizing knowledge’ with practical support to African early career scholars on research and publishing. More information can be found here:

Two Post- Doctoral Positions based in Uganda:

Fixed term (27 months), June 2019 – September 2021

At the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Uganda Martyrs University and the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, Mbarara University of Science and Technology

Remuneration: £32,851 / UGX 161,297,900.57 Per Annum, £2,737.58 / UGX 13,441,491.71 Per Month

Job Purpose:      Undertake research relating to the ESRC / GCRF funded project “Skills acquisition and employability through volunteering by displaced youth in Uganda”.

Summary of Project: This project investigates the capacity of volunteering to reduce inequalities experienced by displaced youths in Uganda and to build their skills and employability. The project will take an interdisciplinary, mixed method approach, and establish collaborative links with global South refugee NGOs, volunteers, and leading global volunteering and development actors. Fieldwork will be conducted in four case study regions – Kampala and the refugee settlements of Bidibidi, Nakivale and Rwamwanja. Further information on the project is available at this link:

The post will be based at the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi, although travel nationally and internationally may be required.

More information can be found here:



Call for a fellowship position to conduct a research project on “Modern Governance of Large International Research Organizations” 2019-2023

European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Application deadline March 15


EORTC and VUB Fellowship Program Call for a fellowship position to conduct a research project on “Modern Governance of Large International Research Organizations” 2019-2023 The EORTC is a not for profit, non-governmental organization which is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life of cancer patients, through clinical research activities. Due to the evolution of science, regulations, models of partnerships, funding routes, ensuring public transparency and credibility as well as many other parameters in a constantly evolving society, the EORTC is willing to revisit its governance not limited to its board of Directors, but also extended to its control, action, fund raising and financial mechanisms. Thanks to the collaboration between VUB and EORTC, the projects intends to deliver new governance rules for the EORTC.


As a research organization, EORTC favors academic partnerships and it has been agreed that this project would be best performed through a research project supporting a fellowship with the intention to deliver a PhD thesis.


The modalities of the project will be laid down in a research plan to be developed and agreed upon. Over a period of maximum 4 years, the research program will develop and validate governance rules for the EORTC and monitor their applicability. It will lead to regular reports and publications.


The fellowship is for a duration of a maximum of 4 years.


Click here to read the full call.



Apply now for the 2019 Penn Summer Social Impact Doctoral Fellows Program!


The University of Pennsylvania’s Nonprofit Leadership Program and the Center for Social Impact Strategy invite graduate student researchers to apply for the 2019 Penn Summer Social Impact Doctoral Fellows Program.


About: Facilitated by Professor Peter Frumkin, the doctoral fellows program will explore emerging issues in the world of nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy, social enterprise, and international civil society. The program will be held June 3-25, 2019 on the campus of The University of Pennsylvania. This is an intensive research seminar in which students present draft research papers and then work collaboratively to help improve and refine each other’s research. Students are required to submit a draft research paper that they would like to develop and prepare for publication during the program. Housing near the Penn campus and $3,000 stipends are provided to all 2019 Summer Fellows.


Eligibility: Graduate students currently enrolled in PhD programs in all fields.


Submission deadline: March 15, 2019


Submission requirements: Send your resume and a draft research paper (unpublished) on a topic related to any aspect of social impact to Maeve Flynn (


Admissions decisions will be announced in April.


ICNL Global Education Initiative - Call for Applications - rolling deadline is March 29, 2019

ICNL has launched it 2019 Call for Applications for its Global Education Initiative Grants.  The purpose of the Global Education Initiative is to support the study of civil society law at universities and schools of law worldwide. The Initiative provides grants to support the integration of civil society law courses into the curricula of universities and educational institutions in eligible countries (i.e., countries that are currently on the OECD/DAC List) in all regions.

This year ICNL is aiming to issue 3 - 5 subgrants ($10,000 – $20,000 each) to applicants from at least 3 regions.

The Call for Applications is available  here


The Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted until January 15, 2019.

This fellowship supports the last year of dissertation research that engages issues within religion & philanthropy or faith & giving. Applicants representing all fields of study are encouraged to apply. Please share on your listserv, newsletter, or website the information below regarding the annual $25,000 award for the Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. 

The link to the application, along with more information regarding the fellowship, can be found here on our website: 


The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University is delighted to announce opportunities for fully-funded PhD scholarships, across a range of themes.


We are looking for outstanding applicants for ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership scholarships, as well as scholarships funded by Sheffield Hallam University, across all areas of CRESR’s expertise (see:, in particular in the following themes:


  1. Environmental sustainability and energy
  2. Housing
  3. Labour markets and welfare reform
  4. Spatial disadvantage
  5. Voluntary and Community Sector
  6. Infrastructure and cities


Under (5) Voluntary and community sector, we welcome proposals for qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods studies from a range of theoretical perspectives that seek to explore the varied roles, experiences and value of the voluntary and community sector at the nexus of policy, communities and multiple disadvantage, including linked (but not limited) to the following:


  • Public service markets and social investment
  • Procurement, commissioning and policy governance
  • The role of the sector in mitigating the effects of welfare reform
  • Campaigning, advocacy and policy influence
  • The changing role of the voluntary sector’s infrastructure 
  • Management, leadership, governance and accountability of voluntary and community organisations


Successful applicants will receive the additional benefits of involvement with the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership pathway on Civil Society, Development and Democracy.


For further information about undertaking a PhD in this area please contact Dr. Rob Macmillan ( / 0114 225 2929).


More information about PhD themes and how to apply can be found here:

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