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PhD Scholars

IDEAS hosts the recipents of two PhD scholarships, the Maurine Pinto Scholarship and the Stonex Scholarship. 

Pinto Scholarship

The Cold War Studies Project awards the Maurice Pinto PhD Scholarship, an award supporting research into the history of the Cold War. The scholarship covers fees and living expenses and the recipients have a research affiliation with LSE IDEAS.


Wes Ullrich is a PhD student in the International History Department. His research focuses on western perceptions of leadership and regime change in the USSR, 1953-1956.


Stonex Scholarship

The Stonex PhD scholarship is awarded every three years to two students demonstrating exceptional academic ability and achievement, one from the International Relations Department and one from the International History Department.


Benjamin Mueller is the International Relations Stonex PhD Scholar at LSE IDEAS.


Simon Toner is the International History Stonex PhD Scholar at LSE IDEAS.


Previous PhD Scholars


Natalia Telepneva receivend the Pinto PhD Scholarship for the years 2011-14.  Her dissertation, Our Sacred Duty: the Soviet Union, the Liberation Movements in the Portuguese Colonies, and the Cold War, 1961-1975 analysed Soviet relations with the liberation movements in the former Portuguese colonies during the colonial wars.


Gregorio Bettiza was the International Reations Stonex PhD Scholar at LSE IDEAS from 2008 until 2012. He is now a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. Gregorio's thesis was titled ‘Global Religious Resurgence and the Desecularization of American Foreign Policy, 1990-2012’. 


Lakhdar Ghettas was the International History Stonex PhD Scholar at LSE IDEAS from 2008 until 2012. His main research interest and expertise areas include democratisation and governance in North Africa, geopolitics of energy security in the Mediterranean basin, as well as the geopolitics of the Sub-Saharan Sahel region.


Muhammad Hadianto (Ian) Wirajuda was the Southeast Asia Programme PhD Scholarship holder at LSE IDEAS.


Victor Figueroa Clark gained his PhD in the International History department at the LSE. His research looks at the role of Chilean internationalists in Central America in the 1980s.



Harcourt Fuller gained his PhD in the International History Department at the LSE. Supervised by Dr. Joanna Lewis, Harcourt's PhD thesis is entitled Building the Nation: Symbolic Nationalism during the Kwame Nkrumah Era in the Gold Coast/Ghana. 


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