All students are fully funded on admission to the programme. Funding includes a tuition fee waiver and a generous bursary. Funding is guaranteed for four years subject to satisfactory academic performance.
Below you will find information and deadlines on some of the sources of scholarships and other awards for students intending to apply for a PhD at LSE. This is not an exhaustive list, but it should give you an idea of some sources of funding available for postgraduate research students.
The LSE Financial Support Office has further details on these and other country-based awards and more general scholarships.
New scholarships may become available during the course of the year. We recommend you check the Financial Support website on a regular basis for up to date scholarship information.
LSE PhD Scholarships
The School offers a number of full scholarships for new PhD students. The scholarships cover fees and living expenses of £18,000 each year for four years. They are available for Home UK/EU and Overseas students undertaking full time research in any LSE discipline, with annual renewal subject to satisfactory academic performance at the School. Studentships will be awarded on academic merit and research potential.
Each academic department will be allowed to nominate a limited number of candidates for the awards. Award decisions will be made by a Panel representing different academic disciplines within the School. The awards will be made solely on outstanding academic merit and research potential. This relates not only to your past academic record, but also to an assessment of your chosen topic and to your likely aptitude to complete a PhD in the time allocated.
For deadlines and full details on these awards, please visit the Financial Support Office LSE PhD Scholarship webpage.
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Quota Studentship Awards
The ESRC funds 1+3, 2+2 and +3 studentships.
The 1+3 scheme provides funding for a one year research training master's linked to a three year PhD and is designed for students who have not already completed an ESRC-recognised programme of research training.
The 2+2 scheme provides funding for programmes which commence with a 2 year MRes programme followed by a 2 year MPhil/PhD.
The +3 scheme provides funding for a three year PhD.
For deadlines and full details on these awards, please visit the Financial Support Office webpages.
Useful links for other sources of funding
European Union (Community Research and Development Information Service -CORDIS)
The CORDIS website is an information portal devoted to European Research and Development and innovation activities within the European Union.
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