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12 November 2020

ESRC South Coast DTP Studentship: British South Asian Entrepreneurial Narratives

Submission Deadline: 18th January 2021

British South Asian Entrepreneurial Narratives: Investigating dynamics of locally-specific histories and networks and their potential for post-Brexit Britain

Southampton Business School
Location: Highfield Campus
Salary: £15,285 (2020/21 UKRI rate)
Closing Date: Monday 18th January 2021
Reference: SCDTP-S2116

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2021/22 Academic Year.

We invite applications from motivated students with a basic training in and understanding of both quantitative methods of data analysis and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis, to work in the area of entrepreneurship, business history and strategy. This is an interdisciplinary research project that will focus on British South Asian entrepreneurs. The overarching goals are three-fold: i) to systematically capture, collate and document the early migration experiences; ii) to understand barriers and drivers of business growth; iii) the significance of South Asian entrepreneurial networks for future trade relationships between the UK and South Asia in the post- Brexit world.

Supervisory Team:

Dr Ajit Nayak (Business School,, Dr Bindi Shah (Sociology,, Dr Priti Mishra (History,

Skills Required:

Basic training in social science research methods. Interest in transnational, immigrant and diaspora entrepreneurship and British South Asian histories.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15,285 (2020/21 UKRI rate), plus payment of programme fees. Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (>).

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students). Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at>).

Application Procedure:

The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 18th January 2021. The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above. For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at