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LUBS International Business Department Scholarship- University of Leeds

Up to two scholarships are available for International applicants applying for a PhD in the International Business Department within the Leeds University Business School.

As a world-leading unit for international business, we produce outstanding and impactful research. Drawing upon our research and scholarship, we provide students with an exceptional educational experience and the opportunity to develop skills and capabilities to compete in, and contribute, to international academics and the global economy. Our research and teaching add continuous and sustainable value to business and society.

Research Proposals

The International Business Department within Leeds University Business School is interested in receiving proposals in the following areas of research:

  • Theory of the multinational enterprise (MNE), foreign direct investment (FDI), internalisation/externalisation, orchestration, ‘born global’ firms, offshoring and outsourcing
  • Cross-border organisation, market and business ecosystem/cluster co-creation
  • International entrepreneurship, technological innovation and entrepreneurship, family business in different contexts
  • International HRM
  • Internationalisation to and from emerging and developing markets, service-sector internationalisation, internationalisation of SMEs, resource, capabilities and behavioural approaches to internationalisation, the MNE and FDI, inward and outward internationalisation linkages, geographical proximity and internationalisation
  • Multinationals and their networks of subsidiaries, parent-subsidiary relationships
  • Global value chains, multinationals and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • International joint ventures, strategic alliances, international M&As
  • Cross-cultural management, cross-cultural leadership, intercultural communication
  • Organizational behaviour in international contexts    
  • Institutions and internationalisation, especially informal institutions, corruption in different institutional contexts, institutional efficiency and MNE strategy/performance, institutional change
  • Organisational ambidexterity    
  • Innovation strategies by MNEs, the internationalisation-innovation relationship, MNE innovation strategy and performance (focus on patents and intangible assets), networks and innovation outcomes in IB
  • Resource-based view of the firm    
  • Corporate sustainability, grand challenges, and MNE strategy    
  • Digital business and internationalisation, especially with regard to global value chains
  • Headquarter-subsidiary relationships in emerging economies
  • Corporate governance, decision making, boards of directors        
  • Catching-up and international technology transfer in high-tech industries
  • International scientific collaboration and researcher mobility

International Business PhD Study Environment

Department and research centre further reading:

Information about the Award

  • This competition is open to international applicants only. Up to two scholarships will be awarded.

Duration of the Award

  • Full-time (3 years). The award will be made for one year in the first instance and renewable for a further period of up to two years, subject to satisfactory academic progress;


  • The award will cover full fees at the University of Leeds standard rate of fees.
  • A maintenance grant at the standard UKRI rate (£15,609 in Session 2021/22).

Other Conditions

  • Applicants must not have already been awarded or be currently studying for a doctoral degree.
  • Awards must be taken up by 1 October 2022.
  • The awards are available for new Postgraduate Researchers undertaking full-time or part-time research study leading to the degree of PhD. Students who are already registered for PhD research study are excluded from applying.
  • Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this Scholarship.

Faculty Information

Information about Leeds University Business School (LUBS)

We are a leading, full-service business school, regularly world ranked by the Financial Times, QS and The Economist, and one of a small number of schools worldwide to be triple accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. We deliver undergraduate, masters, MBA, PhD, executive and professional education and online study, to over 3000 students from around 100 countries.

We are a top ten business and management research institution, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The School is one of the leading higher education institutions in the UK, ranked in the top 100 universities in the world (QS rankings 2020) and a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities.

LUBS is a single-school Faculty of the University of Leeds, with annual income of £74.5m and some 425 staff across six Departments. We deliver undergraduate, masters, MBA, PhD, executive and professional education and online study. Our mission is to make an exceptional impact on business and society globally through leadership in research and teaching.

How to Apply

Stage 1: First, apply for a research place of study by completing a study application form. You will be expected to meet our eligibility criteria for PhD candidates, including the English language requirements if your first language is not English. Once you have received your student ID number (a 9-digit number), move onto stage 2.

Stage 2: Apply for the Leeds University Business School International Business Department scholarship by working your way through the scholarship application form. You must submit your scholarship application by 12:00pm on Friday 1st April 2022.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the Faculty’s minimum English language requirements (below).

As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Within the Leeds University Business School, we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+; and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should ideally have a first-class or at least a good upper second-class undergraduate degree. In addition they should also hold a British Masters degree (or equivalent degree from an overseas university) or an equivalent professional qualification with a minimum average score of 70% (or the equivalent at a non-UK institution) at Masters degree level, but exceptional candidates with 65% and above will also be considered, in an appropriate academic discipline.

English Language Requirements

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate study in the Leeds University Business School is an IELTS with 7.0 overall and at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid.

Contact Details

For further information, please contact the Graduate School Office:

Email: phd@lubs.leeds.ac.uk