University of Nottingham Malaysia
School of
Politics, History and International Relations

The IDEAS and UNMC Doctoral Fellowship on the Political Economy of Corruption


The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and the University of Nottingham invites applications from outstanding candidates for a fully-funded doctoral fellowship programme at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus (UNMC). 
Candidates interested in conducting a detailed study of corruption in Malaysia are invited to apply. Especially welcome are proposals that quantify the costs of corruption; which examine the causes of corruption and which assess the effectiveness of current measures to eradicate corruption. Supervisors will be drawn from University of Nottingham faculty and Professor Edmund Terence Gomez will act as an External Advisor to the project.

This award will cover full tuition fees and a monthly stipend of RM2,000.00 for a period of three (3) years, subject to satisfactory annual progress review (in accordance with University of Nottingham rules). 
Interested candidates should hold a Masters or a good first degree in a relevant field. They must present evidence of having completed a minor dissertation or of having conducted substantial research resulting in publication. 
The successful candidate will be registered as a full time doctoral student at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and will also take up a Fellowship at IDEAS. Successful applicants will be expected to contribute to IDEAS by writing one policy paper per year and by organising relevant seminars. 

Application Process 

Applicants must submit applications with the subject heading “IDEAS Scholarship” by email attachment and in PDF form to by 28 August 2015, Friday.   

Applications must include:

  1. Copies of Academic transcripts
  2. A sample piece of academic writing up to 5000 words
  3. Two academic references sent to the above email address directly by your referees from an institutional email account. 
  4. A 2,000 word research proposal that includes a consideration of existing literature. 
  5. Meet the English language requirement of enrolment into a Research degree 
  6. It is a condition of application that the successful applicant will then formally apply for PhD candidature at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. Further information on this may be found at 
For enquiries, please contact Director of Postgraduate Research in the School of Politics, History and International Relations, Associate Professor Sumit Mandal at or Head of School - Politics, History and International Relations, Associate Professor Michael Connors at  

School of Politics, History and International Relations

University of Nottingham Malaysia
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