Study with us

The Institute hosts a vibrant group of PhD students working on climate change and environmental topics. They receive their research training in one of the School’s teaching departments, being placed according to discipline. They then carry out their research in the Institute, supervised by members of the Institute and/or by our Associates in other parts of LSE.

How to apply

The Institute does not handle PhD applications directly. To apply to study in an area of interest please follow the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) application process.

You should apply via the teaching department closest to your interests. This is often the Department of Geography and Environment, which has PhD programmes in Environmental Economics, and in Environmental Policy and Development. Applications to other departments such as Economics, Government, International Relations, Law, Social Policy and Statistics are also welcome.


There are various funding opportunities for Institute students, including LSE scholarships and, for Home and EU students, scholarships from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The Institute also awards its own scholarships, usually 2-3 each year. These are comparable to ESRC scholarships in paying your tuition fees and offering a stipend to cover living expenses. Applications are welcome on any topic within the remit of the Institute’s research.

To apply for an Institute scholarship commencing in the autumn of 2019 you should submit an application to the appropriate LSE Department by Friday 26th April 2019, however we recommend submitting your application as soon as possible.

You should clearly mark your application to indicate that you wish to be considered for a Grantham Research Institute Scholarship. To do this, in the funding section of your application, please tick the box for external funding and then write Grantham Research Institute Scholarship in the relevant box. At the same time you should e-mail:, letting us know that you have done so and supplying us with details of your application number and which department/programme you have applied for.

Supervision in the Institute

The following Institute staff are currently available to supervise PhD students:

Declan Conway
Marion Dumas
Robert Falkner (in International Relations)
Roger Fouquet
Antony Millner
James Rising
David Stainforth
Swenja Surminski
Luca Taschini

In addition, you may wish to consider our Associates.