The Kraft Heinz PhD Fellowship in International Business at University of Cork, Ireland


The Department of Management and Marketing, Cork University Business School (CUBS), University College Cork invites motivated and talented graduates with outstanding academic records to apply for the Kraft Heinz PhD Fellowship in International Business.

We are especially interested in receiving applications across the following thematic areas:

  • Business-government relations

  • Nonmarket strategy

  • Corporate political activity

  • International political risk management

  • Stakeholder management

  • Business model innovation

  • Foreign market entry strategies

  • Global work arrangements

  • Global mobility

  • Expatriation

  • National Oil Companies and Climate Change

We are looking to recruit the highest calibre of PhD student from across the globe for this prestigious award which is funded by the H.J. Kraft Heinz Company Foundation and Department of Management and Marketing. This scholarship offers up to four years funding, covering doctoral programme tuition fees and an annual stipend of €16,000 per year (subject to satisfactory progress in studies). Teaching experience will also be provided and is part of the scholarship.

The Department of Management and Marketing, CUBS is committed to providing a dynamic and supportive learning and research environment, which recognises the diverse backgrounds and interests of both students and staff. In line with this, the successful applicant will be provided with a supportive supervisory team and be provided with learning and networking opportunities to attain the highest standards of academic excellence. This scholarship seek to build on our already strong cohort of PhD scholars.

We are looking for graduates who have a strong desire to earn a PhD that will attain the highest standards of academic excellence and positively influence their discipline.

Applicants are advised to engage with a suitable supervisor from the Department in the development of their research proposal. Potential supervisors include Professor Thomas Lawton, Dr. Damian Tobin, Dr. Stefan Jooss and Professor Anthony McDonnell.  The successful applicant will receive tailored guidance on their research, be part of a burgeoning research focused Department, gain access to key international networks, in addition to gaining experience in third-level teaching. The supervisory team will be drawn from scholars with a strong track record in publishing in the leading international journals and texts in international business, gaining competitive research funding, and hold various editorial positions.

Assessment of the applications will be based on demonstrated potential for excellence in research and the strength of the PhD research proposal. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed as part of the competition.  More than one fellowship may be offered. Annual performance reviews will take place and satisfactory progress is required for continuation of the funding award.

If you have any queries on the scholarship or PhD programme then please contact Dr. Ronan Carbery at, (Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning) in the Department of Management and Marketing.

Applicant criteria

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must have obtained a standard of at least Second Class Honours, Grade I in a relevant Masters degree.  If English is not your first language you will need to satisfy the English language requirement:

         IELTS: 6.5- with no individual section lower than 5.5

         TOEFL: 90 – with minimum scores as follows: Listening- 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing – 17

How to apply

The closing date for PhD scholarship applications is 12 noon on 30th April 2020.  Presentations and interviews will take place in May 2020.

In the case of applicants where English is not your first language, you must also provide evidence that you meet the entry criteria set out above.

Please note that candidates who do not submit a fully completed application form (and evidence of satisfying the English language requirements where required) by the specific deadline will not be considered. Please note that we reserve the right to check any submitted proposal for originality.

Every application will be acknowledged.  The successful scholarship awardee will then have to submit a formal application through the University applicant system where qualifications will need to be validated. The anticipated start date is October 2020.

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