ESRC Collaborative Studentship 2013/14

Project Title: Up, Out or Sideways? Comparing Career Patterns of Male and Female Executives

KISS-DTC Theme: 5 – Work & Organisations (W&O)

Partner Organisation: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (KISS-DTC) is inviting applications for one of the ESRC Doctoral Collaborative Studentships in the Department of Management at King’s College London in collaboration with the ACCA. The studentship is going to form part of Theme 5 – Work & Organisations (W&O) of KISS-DTC and will start from January 2014 onwards.

Project Description:

Although men and women enter careers in accounting and finance in equal numbers, few women achieve executive positions in these contexts. The research on women in accounting and finance has largely focused on experiences of individual women rather than enablers of women’s careers. This PhD project aims to provide an in-depth analysis of career enablers and disablers for men and women in accounting and finance. Drawing on discourse analytic interviews, this project will compare the careers of male and female executives to generate insight into what hinders and what helps men and women to achieve an executive career.


Lead Supervisor: Dr Elisabeth Kelan

Second Supervisor: Professor Alex Preda

Partner Organisation Supervisor: Rosana Mirkovic

Funding Details:  The scholarship will pay an annual maintenance allowance at the standard rate of £17,590 (based on the ESRC’s current rate), a Research Support & Training Grant fund (currently £750 per year) and all tuition fees at the Home/EU rate.

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Length of Award: 3 years (PhD)

Eligibility:  Full ESRC studentship support is normally available only to students who (a) have been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom for the previous three years; (b) other than citizens of European Union countries, whose residence during that period has not been wholly or mainly for the purposes of full-time education; and (c) who have permission to reside permanently in the United Kingdom. Potential applicants who are uncertain as to their eligibility should contact Jennie Eldridge (

Application Details: Students for this award should hold a minimum 2.1 class undergraduate degree in business and management, sociology, social psychology, women’s and gender studies or related discipline and have passed, or expect to have passed by autumn 2013, a Masters qualification from an ESRC-recognised research training course or a Masters degree with 65% or above, which includes a substantial research element or equivalent research experience in a work setting. In this project, qualitative research methods and particularly discourse analysis will be particularly important. The candidate will also need to be able to demonstrate good interpersonal skills and the ability to make effective verbal and written presentations to senior level managers in a commercial environment but no prior work experience in accounting and finance is necessary.

Deadline:  Applications must be made by 4pm on Monday, 9 September 2013. Formal interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on Monday, 7 October 2013 at King’s College London.

Informal inquiries: Scarlett Brown (


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