Funded PhD in Financial Economics of Precious Metals

Through the generous sponsorship of the LBMA, Trinity Business School seeks applicants to enter to study for a PhD in the broad area of the economics and finance of the Precious Metals market. The successful applicant will receive a bursary “The London Bullion Market Association Bursary” which is valued at STG£14,000 per annum. Supervision will be conducted jointly by Professor Brian Lucey (Trinity College Dublin) and Dr Fergal O’Connor (York Management School)

This Bursary is guaranteed for three years, and is a total sum. Candidates will be required to pay fees and maintain themselves from this sum. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute occasional articles to the LBMA publication the Alchemist, as well as to contribute to its seminars and conferences as appropriate, as well as to engage in academic research and publications towards a PhD registered in Trinity Business School.
Indicative topics for study might include a mapping of the changing gold/silver OTC market, historical aspects of gold and silver investment, global impact and integration of Chinese and Indian gold markets, gold and silver yield curves, gold/silver as predictors of inflation/deflation, gold/silver as assets for sovereign wealth funds, gold/silver and sovereign debt composition, gold/silver as hedges and safe havens in economic downturns, gold/silver as a diversifier in crisis v calm periods etc . Further topics can be discussed.
The ideal candidate will possess a Masters degree in economics, finance, quantitative finance, statistics or another cognate numerate discipline. Experience in financial services/precious metals industry is a useful but not required attribute.
Candidates who wish to apply for this bursary/Ph.D. studentship should in the first instance contact Prof Brian Lucey, at, copying Dr O’Connor supplying a brief (3-5 page) outline of their research interests in gold and silver as well as their understanding of the issues facing the precious metals industry and the challenges facing precious metals research. They should also supply a CV, a photograph, and as detailed an academic transcript as possible. This should be done before 7 April 2017.