Social Enterprise

Eligibility: UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements

Award Details: Bursary plus tuition fees  (UK/EU/International)

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: January 20th 2019

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates 

Start date: May 2019

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Professor Gideon Maas to discuss this opportunity.


Coventry University (UK) and Deakin University (Australia) are seeking high calibre qualified graduates to undertake a cotutelle PhD in Social Enterprise. 

Successful candidates will receive a full scholarship covering course fees and living costs. Students will study in both Universities and on successful completion will be awarded a PhD by both

The successful applicant will spend the 1st year at Deakin University the 2nd year at Coventry University and the remaining 1.5 years at Deakin University.

The supervision team will be drawn from the two Universities.

The Project

Social Enterprises represent a growing sector of the private sector contributing significantly to employment and the provision of services in the communities that they serve. However, social enterprises remain relatively nascent in terms of the published literature. We are seeking candidates to explore the nature and experience of social enterprises in a specific country context or even from a comparative perspective. The potential study might explore and evaluate the forms and contribution of social enterprise towards the communities in which they are based or examine the factors which influence the success of social enterprises in developing innovative new products and meeting commercial and social objectives. Studies are expected to contribute significantly to the theoretical understanding of social enterprises.


£15,000 bursary plus tuition fees - UK/EU/International

(Approximate bursary equivalent Australia dollars $27596)

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 


Entry Requirements

Entry criteria for applicants to PHD 

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 70% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 70% overall module average. 
    the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)


  • Essential to be able to physically locate to both Coventry University (England) and Deakin University (Australia)

Eligibility and How to Apply


All UK/EU/International students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found making an application page.

To find out more about the project please contact

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project. 

Please note that applications must be made to both Universities