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15 Fully Funded PhD Scholarships for Accounting Students

Accounting is the methodical and comprehensive recording of financial transactions pertaining to a business. It also refers to the process of summarizing, analyzing and reporting these transactions to oversight agencies, regulators and tax collection entities.

PhD programs oblige intensive writing and analysis in the areas of mathematics, economics, business, accounting, research methods and statistics.

It requires students produce individual, original research – under the supervision of a committee of faculty advisors that makes a unique contribution to the field’s knowledge-base.

Students who are interested in pursuing a PhD in accounting ought to have completed at least a bachelor’s degree; transcripts should show a significant number of accounting courses, although the major does not have to be in accounting.

Various schools admit students without an accounting background but necessitate additional coursework to provide foundational knowledge. Applications usually require GMAT scores.

Although many PhD graduates pursue careers in academia, as professors and researchers, other paths are possible.

The knowledge and skills acquired in a doctoral program often lead to jobs in corporate consulting and public policy analysis, especially for students with experience as professional accountants.


Below are the Top 15 PhD Scholarships for Accounting Students


PhD Scholarships available at Kent Business School

 Deadline:  The application deadline varies, check the below deadline

Currently, Kent Business School is inviting applications for PhD scholarships for candidates who are interested in applying for the programme.

Candidates applying for this programme must have applied for a PhD at Kent Business School, and research proposals can be within the following areas:  Accounting, Finance, Management, Management Science, Marketing and Operational Research.



1) Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarships

This is a three (3) years studentship, which includes domestic /European Union tuition fees, and a stipend of £14,553 per year.

This Scholarship takes the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA), which means that PhD students receive financial support (a combined salary and maintenance grant) in return for undertaking some part-time teaching/research assistant activities.

International students will have to fund the difference between domestic / European Union and Overseas fees.

Scholarship Link


2) Kent Business School International Research Studentship

This is also a three (3) years studentship, which includes Overseas tuition fees, and a stipend of £14,553 per year (2017/2018 rate). This Scholarship will take the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA), meaning that PhD students receive financial support (a combined salary and maintenance grant) in return for undertaking some part-time teaching research assistant activities.

Scholarship Link


 3) South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) PhD Studentships

A three-year studentship, which includes a maintenance grant of £14,553 per year, tuition fees at the domestic /European Union rate and access to further research funding.

To be eligible for this studentship, applicants must have settled status in the United Kingdom and have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship grant.

Scholarships are awarded to students with outstanding research potential. Successful applicants are expected to meet all of the following criteria, unless both the research proposal and references are exceptional;

  • Distinction at Master’s level in a relevant subject
    • Score of at least 7.0 in IELT test (waived if an applicant is a national of a majority English-speaking country, or has completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelor degree in a major English speaking country) – all PhD scholarship students carry out teaching duties

This programme is conducted annually, the closing date for scholarship applications are:

  • 21st January- Vice-Chancellor’s Research Scholarship
  • 21st January- South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) PhD Studentships.
  • 30th March – Kent Business School International Research Scholarships

 Application Process

All interest candidates should click the following link to process the scholarship

Scholarship Link



4) Reach Oxford Scholarships for Undergraduates from Developing Countries 2019/2020


Deadline: January 2019

Applicants will be informed about the outcome of their application in April 2019. The University of Oxford, United Kingdom is offering the Reach Oxford Scholarships in full financial opportunities for Undergraduate students from Developing Countries to study for PhD in all the courses being offered at the institution 2019/2020. This scholarship is for Low Income countries.  

All subjects offered at the University of Oxford excluding Medicine

This scholarship scheme is only suitable for candidates of the highest academic ability who have outstanding examination results. Though, financial need and social commitment are also major criteria for selection.

The worth of this scholarship are the Tuition fees and college fees, a grant for living expenses and one return air fare per year.

Countries that are Eligible for this programme are as follows:

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Togo, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte D’Ivoire, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Gambia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tunisia, Congo, Egypt, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

 Other Countries: 

Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Montenegro, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Albania, Croatia, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Armenia, Georgia, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Bolivia, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, , Kiribati, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, FYR Macedonia, Malaysia, Argentina, Maldives, Guatemala, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestinian Administered Areas, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Serbia, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, St Kitts-Nevis, Vanuatu, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Suriname, Venezuela, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Viet Nam, Yemen,

 Application Process

Applicants need to complete a separate scholarship application form and arrange for a reference to be submitted on their behalf (these documents will be available from this page from January 2019).

Scholarship Link

5) Gates Cambridge Masters & PhD Scholarships in UK for International Students 2019 / 2020 (Fully-funded)

 Deadline: 5th December 2018 or 3rd January 2019

Gates Cambridge Trust is currently offering full fee postgraduate (Masters and PhD) Gates Cambridge Scholarships for outstanding International students to study any course at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly viable full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the United Kingdom to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships programme aspires to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

This scholarship will be taken at Cambridge University, United Kingdom. Accepted Subject Areas are Masters and PhD Courses offered by the university, citizens of any other country outside the United Kingdom is eligible for this scholarship.

 Application Process

Scholarship Link


6) PhD Research Fellowships for Developing & Emerging Countries in Switzerland 2018/2019

 Application Deadline: 1st October and 1st of March annually

Scholarship is now available at PhD Research Fellowship Programme for outstanding young professors from universities from developing and emerging countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland 2018 / 2019.

The programme is open to outstanding young professors from universities from developing and emerging countries in Africa, Asia, or Latin America, pursuing advanced research in areas bridging the fields of international and development studies, broadly defined, and working in disciplines such as anthropology, law, history, politics & political science, and economics.

The subject areas international and development studies (anthropology, history, law, politics and political science and economics)

 The selection process will be based on the quality of research. Quality being equal, selection may be guided by an interest in promoting gender and regional multiplicity. Candidates are expected to demonstrate how their research stay will contribute to their academic career and their home institution.

Candidates are to demonstrate how their research stay will contribute to their academic career and their home institution.

It will be taken at Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.

How to Apply

Follow the scholarship link to apply

Scholarship Webpage

7) 2018 African Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme, Sweden

 Application Deadline: 1st April 2019

This is a great opportunity for candidates who are searching for a scholarship. Applications are now open for the year 2019 at African Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme.

Africa Guest Researcher Scholarships at Nordic Africa Institute (NAI), Sweden for African Researchers / Scholars 2019 – With preference to Women Researchers. The Nordic Africa Institute is a center for research, documentation and information on modern Africa in the Nordic region.

Based on the Uppsala, Sweden, the Institute is dedicated to providing timely, critical and alternative research and analysis of Africa in the Nordic countries and to strengthen the co-operation between African and Nordic researchers.

One of the most important tasks of the Nordic Africa Institute is to establish and maintain relations with African research communities.

It is an inter alia carried out through a Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme, which is aimed to provide opportunities for its participants to pursue their own research projects, thereby indirectly strengthening the academic milieux in African countries, and also promoting scholarly exchange with Nordic research communities.

This scholarship programme is for scholars in Africa, engaged in research on the African continent.

The worth of this scholarship include: return air-fare (economy class), accommodation, a subsistence allowance of 300 SEK (35 USD) per day plus an installation grant of 2,500 SEK (290 USD) and access to a computer in a shared office at N.A.I.

 Application Process

Visit Scholarship Link to process the scholarship

8) NFP Middle East and North Africa MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) for Students to Study in The Netherlands 2019

 Application Deadline: October Annually

 Recently, Middle East and North Africa is awarding MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) offers to professionals from ten countries. The scholarships can be used for short courses, with duration up to three (3) months in the Netherlands.

Countries that are eligible for this programme are: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman and Tunisia. It will be taken in the Netherlands.

The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) enables experts from ten selected countries to participate in a short course in the Netherlands.

The main aim of the MSP is to contribute to the democratic transition in the participating countries. It equally aims at building capacity within organisations, by enabling employees to take part in short courses in various fields of study.

There are scholarships available for short courses with duration of two (2) to twelve (12) weeks.

This scholarship can be use for a number of selected short courses in one of the following fields of study: Economics, Commerce, Management and Accounting, Agriculture and Environment, Mathematics, Natural sciences and Computer sciences, Engineering, Law, Public order and Safety, Social sciences, Public Administration, Humanities, Communication and Arts.

The MSP targets group consists of professionals, from age 45 and above, who are nationals and work in one of the selected countries.

Scholarships are awarded to individuals or group of persons, but the need for training must be demonstrated within the context of the organisation for which the applicant works. The training must help the organisation to develop its capacity.

 The worth of the scholarship are as follows: subsistence allowance, international travel costs, visa costs, course fee, medical insurance, allowance for study materials.

All the allowances are considered to be sufficient to cover one person’s living expenses during the study period.

Application Process

To apply follow the link below.

Scholarship Link


9) Australia Scholarships for International Students at University of Adelaide

 Deadlines: 31st August Annually

The University of Adelaide, Australia is inviting applicants looking for scholarship to the Adelaide Scholarships International (ASI) for PhD, Master’s and Doctoral degrees (postgraduate) for international students.

The University of Adelaide offers scholarships for international students undertaking postgraduate research study for PhD, Master’s and Doctoral degrees. The purpose of the financial award programme is to attract high quality overseas postgraduate students to areas of research strength in the University of Adelaide to support its research effort.

All countries are eligible for this scholarship, except Australia and New Zealand. It will be taken in University of Adelaide, Australia. Fields of study is Account and other courses offered at the university. The selection and ranking of applicants within the University of Adelaide is undertaken by the committee in-charge of the  Graduate Scholarships, using the criteria of academic merit and research potential.

The worth of the scholarship

Candidates will receive an annual living allowance ($27,082) for two years, for Postgraduate Research (Subclass 574) visa holders the award provides compulsory standard Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) World care policy for the student and their spouse and dependents for a standard duration of the student visa.  It does not cover the additional (6) month extended student visa period post thesis submission. If the award holder does not hold a sub-class 574 visa then s/he is responsible for the cost of health insurance.

 Application Process

 Scholarship Link


10) DAAD Doctoral Scholarships for Ghanaian PhD Students 2019/2020

 Application Deadline: October, Annually

Application is ongoing ate The Ghana Scholarships Secretariat in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the scheme is offering a jointly funded scholarship to obtain a PhD degree at a German university or research institute for all the subject areas.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in partnership with the Ministry of Education & Scholarships Secretariat is inviting applications to pursue doctoral training programme. Ghanians are eligible for this scholarship, and it will be taken in Germany.

An applicant should be a first Degree holder with 2nd Class Upper division or First Class and should have a National Service certificate and should not be more than 45 years of age and also should be willing to learn the German Language.

Worth of the Scholarship are: Full Scholarship for the duration of the PhD studies (max. 45 months), Travel costs, Preparatory German Language course of 6 months, Annual study and research allowance, Full Health, personal liability and accident insurance cover, Further individual allowances on application

 Application Process

The candidates shall submit a complete application consisting of: Application Form, CV (See Template), Abstract of the research proposal, two academic reference letters from university professors, Invitation letter from the German Supervisor OR admission letter for a PhD degree programme and academic certificates.

Scholarship Link

11. Education Scholarship Program for international students

Deadline: 16th March, 2018

 Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund is currently offering Higher Education Scholarship Program for international students to study for Undergraduate (4 years), Masters (2 years) and PhD (4 years) Degrees at renowned partner universities in Taiwan 2019.

Human resources development programs play a very important role in assisting partner countries achieve sustainable development & education is a crucial mechanism for training workforces in developing countries.

The TaiwanICDF provides scholarships for higher education and has developed undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. programs in cooperation with renowned associate universities in Taiwan.

The scholarship recipients gets a fully-funded scholarship, including return airfare, housing, tuition and credit fees, insurance, textbook costs and a monthly allowance.

 The students of eligible countries of the region of Asia Pacific, West Asia, Africa (Burkina Faso, Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, Swaziland), Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe can apply for this scholarship. It will be taken at the Universities in Taiwan

The subject areas for undergraduate, masters and PhD courses offered at any of the participating University in Taiwan.

Scholarship Worth: The TaiwanICDF provides each scholarship recipient with a full scholarship, including return airfare, housing, tuition and credit fees, insurance, textbook costs and a monthly allowance.

For Undergraduate Program (maximum four years): Each student receives NT$12,000 per month (NT$144,000 per year) as an allowance for food and miscellaneous living expenses.

For Master’s Program (maximum two years): Each student receives NT$15,000 per month (NT$180,000 per year) as an allowance for food and miscellaneous living expenses.

For PhD Program (maximum four years; four-year PhD programs start): Each students receives NT$17,000 per month (NT$204,000 per year) as an allowance for food and miscellaneous living expenses.

Application Process

Applicants must complete the online application through the scholarship link below.

Scholarship Link

12) Joint Japan World Bank Group Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) for Students in Developing Countries 2019/2020 (Fully-Funded)

 Application Deadline: 12th April, 2019

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme – JJ/WBGSP is inviting applicants for applications from developing country nationals and Japanese nationals for PhD and Master degree programs starting this 2019/2020 academic year.

The Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program is open to both women and men from developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a PhD or Master degree program in a development-related topic.

The scheme offers scholarships for over 200 Preferred Programs, across a wide array of development topics and for 14 Partner Programs at universities in U.S., Africa and Japan in key areas of development, which includes economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.

After acquiring the degree, the candidates are expected to return to their home country to implement their new skills and contribute to their countries’ social and economic development.

Applications are assessed according to three (3) main factors: academic excellence, professional experience, and relevance of program of study. Precedence is being given to candidates from the public sector with a high potential to impact the development in their own countries after completion of their studies.

Application Process

Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the online application form available in French, English or Spanish.

 Scholarship Link


13) Aalto University Scholarship in Finland 2019/2020


Scholarship is available to pursue PhD programme at Aalto University, the university provides a broad range of programmes which are taught entirely in English, targeted for all nationalities. For the 2019/2020 intake, the programmes listed above will charge a tuition fee of 8000 EUR/academic year from none – EU/EEA-citizens. To that effect, Aalto University offers a number of full scholarships for non European Union /EEA (international) citizens in these programmes. The scholarships will be issued based on merit.


The applicant ought to provide certification of being considered equivalent to a European Union Citizen, a photocopy of the residence permit (the residence permit carries the letter P) or a degree certificate from Finnish higher education institution.

This scholarship is allocated for a maximum of two academic years and covers the tuition fee, living and studying expenses.

  • Category A (Gold): Full Scholarship 16,000 Euro
  • Category B (Silver): Full Scholarship 16,000 Euro
  • Category C (Bronze): 50% of Full scholarship 8,000 Euro

Application Process

 Scholarship Link


14) Nanyang President’s Graduate Scholarships for International Students (fully-funded) 2019/2020

 Deadline: 30th November 2018

Scholarships are now available at Nanyang President’s Graduate Scholarship, Nanyang Technological University, funds the Nanyang President’s Graduate PhD Scholarship for International students at Singapore.

The Nanyang President’s Graduate Scholarship is a competitive and prestigious scholarship scheme designed to encourage outstanding graduates or final-year students to take their first step towards a leading research career by studying for a doctoral degree programme (PhD) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), one of the Asia’s leading research universities. Funding will be provided for up to four (4) years for NPGS awardees.

About 30 NPGS awards will be made available in each Academic Year, and successful candidates will be known as Nanyang President’s Graduate Scholars. The subject areas are accounting and all the courses offered at the university.  

There is no limitation as to the nationality of candidates but all things being equal, preference will be given to Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents.

Applicants ought to have a First Class Honours degree or equivalent at Bachelor’s level.

 The worth of the scholarship are; Full tuition fees, monthly stipend of 3,000 USD * Conference allowance up to $4,000 USD per year * One time I.T allowance of $1500 * Annual grant of 500 USD for journal subscription or book purchase * Thesis preparation allowance and campus accommodation.


Application Process

For more details about the application click this link


Scholarship Link


15) PhD Scholarships at the Management School

 This is a great opportunity for candidates apply for scholarship at the Management School. As part of the Russell Group of research intensive universities, the scheme is dedicated to conducting socially responsible and impactful research.

The strong international reputation for research excellence has piloted us to our Triple Crown accreditation status and we are one of only 59 business schools worldwide to have been awarded this prestigious accolade by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.

The scheme is ranked in the top 5 in the Russell Group and top 10 in the UK for research impact – the demonstrable contribution that our research makes to society and the economy.

Sheffield University Management School can offer supervision for research in a broad range of areas including; * logistics and supply chain management *regional economic and enterprise development * accounting and finance * organisation and employment relations * energy, environment and sustainability * marketing * work psychology * branding * cultural and creative industries * risk and sustainable management.

It provides you with the opportunity to explore your own ideas and develop a range of skills critical to your future. The PhD students run their own seminar series, publish a working paper series and are encouraged to attend Management School research events.

As an element of our active research environment you will receive outstanding supervision from talented academics producing intellectually rigorous and leading research in their respective areas.

We are members of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre, the centre brings together academics and PhD students from across the universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York and provides our students with a wide range of training and networking opportunities.

 Application Process

The research proposal is an essential part of your application. It should be approximately 3,000 words, fully referenced and include details of the research questions, proposed methodology and why you have select the particular subject.

Candidates can also apply for our postgraduate research programme online via our website. When we consider your application we take into account the quality of the research proposal, previous qualifications, references and the availability of two supervisors with relevant expertise, interest and capacity.


The scholarships are being offered for exceptional candidates to help cover tuition fees and campus accommodation fees.

Scholarship Link




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