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Application process

The Institute hosts a 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.

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, although applications to other departments such as Economics, International Relations and Statistics are also possible, if you are suitably qualified. You should clearly mark your application ‘climate change’. We recommend that you visit the website of the department closest to your interests and skills:

If your qualifications meet LSE requirements you will be contacted by the relevant department’s research student admissions tutor, who will consider your application and see whether they can make appropriate supervisory arrangements. Supervisors could be from the relevant department and/or the Grantham Research Institute. To help the Institute identify suitable supervisors it is important to give as much information as possible about the disciplinary perspectives and research methodologies that you expect to use.

Funding schemes and financial support may be available from LSE.