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Work on Demand: Contracting for Work in a Changing Economy PhD Scholarship


Available to study a PhD in the School of Law in the College of Social Sciences under the supervision of Professor Ruth Dukes.

The Work on Demand (‘WorkOD’) project seeks to investigate the ever-evolving nature of contracts and contracting behaviour in the world of work – not only contracts of employment, but also those of casual, ‘zero-hours’, and self-employed workers. A particular point of focus is the emerging ‘gig’ or ‘on demand’ economy, in which consumers order a range of services, or delivery of a range of goods, online or via smart phone apps.

Please see the Work on Demand (‘WorkOD’) project for more details.


Home/EU and international applicants are eligible to apply. Only full-time students are eligible.  Candidates must have a first, upper second class honours, and/or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (eg Law, Sociology, Political Science). They should have a good knowledge of current trends and debates in the fields of labour law and the organization of working relationships. Knowledge of a second language is desirable.

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The scholarship will run for a maximum of 3 years full-time commencing on 1 October 2018 and will provide:

  • an annual maintenance grant at the RCUK rate (2018-19 rate £14,764 full-time*)
  • fees at the standard Home/EU or International rate
  • additional financial support for fieldwork and conference attendance

* NB £14,764 is the likely rate for 2018-19, as yet to be confirmed

How to apply

All applicants should complete and collate the following documentation then attach to a single email and send to socsci-scholarship@glasgow.ac.uk by 28 February 2018.

  • Academic Transcript(s): Full academic transcript(s) from previous studies (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • 2 references: On official headed notepaper and signed by referees. References given to candidates in sealed envelopes should be opened, scanned and attached to the email. References can also be emailed direct to socsci-scholarship@glasgow.ac.uk by referees via their official University email address; clearly labelling the reference e.g. “John Smith XX Scholarship Reference”.
  • Copy of CV
  • Research Proposal: A brief 2-page document outlining the applicant’s proposed contribution to the research project

Any application which fails to meet the above requirements will not be considered.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme within the College of Social Sciences.  Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.