Essex is involved in seven pathways of study:
We will be hosting an online workshop and Q&A session for all potential applicants and supervisors on Wednesday 20 October 2021 between 11am-12pm. You can join the online workshop via Zoom. The workshop will be recorded and will be available on request. Please contact the Graduate Administrator in the department to which you are applying, or email the PGRE Team.
You will receive subject-specific and advanced training, whilst undertaking your research in an innovative, ground-breaking and empowering research environment, amongst our thriving postgraduate community. You'll also be provided with opportunities for overseas visits and fieldwork, attending and presenting at conferences and events, academic publishing and work placement opportunities.
SeNSS Studentship Funding supports both full- and part-time study, and covers:
Project title: The drivers of demand for intellectual property (IP) instruments in the UK
Primary supervisor: Prof.Suma Athreye
Institution details: Essex Business School, Department of Economics, University of Essex
Collaborative partner:UK Intellectual Property Office
SeNSS Pathway: Business and Management / Economics
Degreestructure: either a three-year PhD programme (+3), or a one year Masters degree followed by a three-year PhD programme (1+3)
The PhD scholarship will allow a fully funded PhD student to undertake ground-breaking research uncovering the drivers of demand for IP instruments such as patents, trademarks design rights and trade secrets, those who do and do not acquire IP rights and why, the extent to which trends in IP ownership have been driven by underlying changes in the economy such as the move to digital structures, and the interaction of different types of IP that may be combined into a bundle. New data sources – available due to past investments by the UKIPO –will allow us to shed more light on these old questions and in a way that is targeted to the UK, including in a post-Brexit environment. The scholarship will also provide the student with an important opportunity to develop his/her research working closely with UK Intellectual Property Office experts, with the potential of having access to relevant data and other similar organisations and stakeholders. The student will be empowered in their path to become an independent researcher by a supportive and experienced supervisory team.
The PhD project comprises three aims, which can be addressed through three interrelated essays:
(i) To summarise the literature on the drivers of IP demand, and the tools to analyse them. It will outline the background of the theoretical and empirical bases for estimating demand for a bundle of IP instruments, contrasted to single instruments.
(ii) To analyse in depth the demand for IP instruments – potentially as a bundle - and use this to develop policy responses to any identified barriers to IP take-up where such take-up would be beneficial to innovativeness and growth.
(iii) Explore the dynamics through which demand for IP instruments evolves over time, to trace and explain the dynamics of holding patterns of IP, and different (perceived and reported) outcomes in terms of product market share.
Supervisors:Prof Suma Athreye, (Essex Business School University of Essex), Prof Katharine Rockett , Department of Economics, University of Essex) Rich Corken, (Deputy Director; Economics, Research and Evidence, UKIPO)
A comprehensive package of training will be agreed in consultation with the supervisors. Elements of training will be provided by the supervisors, University of Essex and by other providers and will provide the student with an important opportunity to grow competences and skills in quantitative analysis, applying them in the inter-disciplinary area of Economics and the management of intellectual property.
This studentship may be taken as either a 1+3 year award (a one-year master’s degree as appropriate followed by a three-year PhD), or a +3 award (a three-year PhD):
To be eligible for a full award you must be a Home or International student who satisfies the criteria below:
To be a home student, you must meet the following criteria:
If you do not meet any of the criteria above, you are classed as an international student.
A background in Strategic Management, Technology Management, Applied Economics or related disciplines and a willingness to engage with practice and policy are required for this project. Excellent communication skills and the flexibility to work both in a team and independently are also mainstays of this project.
You will need to make two separate applications; one for your place to study at the University of Essex, and one to SeNSS for this collaborative studentship.
Please note that, when you make your Essex application you do not need to submit a research proposal. Instead you are advised to submit your SeNSS Collaborative Studentship Application in place of the research proposal.
The deadline for submitting your SeNSS Collaborative Studentship Application on HEIapply is 12:00 GMT on 28 February 2022.
No extensions to this deadline will be permitted.
Following the application closing date on 12pm (midday) GMT on 28 February 2022, shortlisting will take place and shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview with at least one week’s notice.
Interviews are likely to take place during 21 – 23 March.
For academic enquiries related to the studentship topic, Business and Management applicants should email Prof Suma Athreye (email@example.com) and Economics pathway students should email Prof. Katharine Rockett (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For enquiries related to your eligibility for this studentship, and the application process, please email: email@example.com
SeNSS offers six ESRC-funded Post-Doctoral Fellowships (PDFs) each year, which provide an opportunity for Post-Doctoral researcher to consolidate their PhD research through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills.
The PDF grants provide funding for up to one year full-time, or up to two years part-time. In exceptional cases, applicants can apply for a fellowship for up to 18 months; however, this must be fully justified by the programme of activities being proposed.
One of these Fellowships is ring-fenced for an applicant whose proposal is aligned with UKRI/ESRC industrial strategy. For this competition, the ESRC defines alignment as either addressing specific skills gaps (AQM or data skills/science) or as entailing collaboration with a private sector partner, or co-designed research activity.
This call is open to those who have:
The deadline for submitting your application is 4pm on 23 March 2022.
ESRC Post-doctoral Fellowship application documents
ESRC Call Specification - sets out what is included in a PDF awards, the eligibility criteria, what is required in the application etc.
ESRC PDF FAQs - provides answers to questions about PDF awards
ESRC PDF application form (docx) -please note that SeNSS will only accept online applications, via its online portal. The SeNSS application differs slightly from the ESRC template form in that it asks for some additional information. The ESRC template is only included here to give you an idea of what is required of you should you decided to submit a full application
Further guidance for applicants, Mentors and Referees can be found on the SeNSS PDF competition webpage
SeNSS has an example of an excellent application, on their Post-Doctoral Fellowship FAQs.