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Introduction to the Department of Gender Studies

Doctoral Programme Director: Professor Wendy Sigle
Departmental and Doctoral Programme Manager: Hazel Johnstone

PhD Studentships in Gender in the Department of Gender Studies (LSE)

We are now welcoming applications for studentships in Gender Studies for entry in October 2019.

Career prospects:  Recent graduates from the Department’s PhD programme are pursuing academic careers, postdoctoral fellowships, senior consultancy roles, and government jobs in the UK and overseas. 

Research environment: The Department of Gender Studies was established in 1993 as a multi-disciplinary research centre. The department typically has 15 MPhil/PhD students researching gender concerns. The Department serves as a focus for gender research across the LSE, and works to promote a close relationship between policy makers and the academy. The Department provides a vibrant research culture with resident Research Fellows, visiting scholars, public lectures and conferences, and a regular programme of research seminars.  Our thriving research community very much includes our doctoral students.

The PhD programme aims to foster your scholarly and career interests, and to prepare you for the world of academic and policy research in the form of courses and professional training experience over your first three years. You will be ‘matched’ with your main Supervisor who will guide you through the various stages of your research, and form the consistent point of contact during your time in the Department, along with the Director of the Doctoral Programme. The PhD programme aims to attract the very best future researchers, and we are attentive to questions of power and inequality and their impact on faculty, staff and on students both at the point of entry and during their studies. We have a commitment to social justice and to ensuring that the Department is a welcoming and inclusive space for all.

ESRC Studentships (1+3 and +3) for UK and EU students.
(One Studentship available)

We are now accepting applications for the 1+3 and +3 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentship schemes. ESRC awards include tuition fees plus a stipend for living expenses, a research training allowance, and limited fieldwork funding.  There is one funding round in 2019-20, deadline January 7th, 2019.

1+3 MSc Social Research Methods (Gender), followed by PhD Gender.

The 1+3 scheme provides funding for a one year research training MSc linked to a three year PhD and is designed for students who have not already completed an ESRC-recognised programme of research training. Transfer from the one-year MSc programme to the three-year MPhil/PhD programme is dependent on achieving high marks in the MSc.

+3  MPhil/PhD in Gender

The + 3 scheme provides three years funding for the MPhil/PhD programme for students who have already achieved an ESRC recognised 'research training' MSc in a relevant field or have undertaken equivalent research training.

Entry requirements:

1+3 Studentship - An upper second or first class honours degree from a UK university or its equivalent.
1+3 candidates for the MPhil/PhD Gender Studies programme should apply for the MSc Social Research Methods (Gender) and include an outline research proposal of up to 1,500 words. Completed applications will be sent to the Department of Gender Studies to be considered by our PhD Committee.  If you are interested in the 1+3 scheme, we encourage you to get in touch before you submit your application in order to discuss your research proposal informally via the PhD Programmes Manager, Hazel Johnstone, who will advise if the proposal matches the expertise of the academic staff available. Please include an outline research proposal of no more than 1,500 words indicating the potential title/area, key research question(s), motivation and background, methods to be employed (analytical approach, data, other materials if relevant) and confirmation that you are a UK or EU student and so eligible for the 1+3 studentship.

+3 Studentship –The Department welcomes applications from students who have, or expect to obtain, a good MSc degree (as below) or comparable research training in a relevant field, together with an upper second or first class honours degree from a UK university or its equivalent.

Applicants will normally need MSc degree marks equivalent to an LSE high merit grade, with an overall average of 68% in their MSc (or equivalent) and usually a distinction in their dissertation (or equivalent); any conditional offer for a place on the MPhil/PhD programme will be subject to obtaining such marks.

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LSE Studentships (4 years) for UK, EU and Overseas students.
(One studentship available)

The LSE PhD Studentship is open to students from anywhere in the world (UK, EU or elsewhere) and covers fees plus a stipend for living expenses each year for four years and is for direct MPhil/PhD entry.  There are two deadlines in 2019-20, one on January 7th and one later in the summer, to be advised.

The award will be made on the basis of academic merit and research potential.

The studentships include a requirement that scholars contribute to their academic department as part of their research training, in the form of providing teaching or other work in their department, usually from year two onwards.

Entry requirements: The Department welcomes applications from students who have, or expect to obtain, a good MSc degree in a relevant field, together with an upper second or first class honours degree from a UK university or its equivalent. Applicants will normally need MSc degree marks equivalent to an LSE high merit grade, with an overall average of 68% in their MSc (or equivalent) and usually a distinction in their dissertation (or equivalent); any conditional offer for a place on the MPhil/PhD programme will be subject to obtaining such marks.

Are you interested in either scheme?

For details of the formal application process and to submit your application online, please visit www.lse.ac.uk/graduate. The deadline for the application including all supporting documentation, such as references and transcripts, is 7th January 2019, although we recommend that you submit in advance of the deadline.

Please note you do not have to apply separately for any of the funding mentioned.  Please see LSE webpages for more information on funding a PhD. 

All completed applications received by the deadline (7 January 2019) will be considered for funding. If your application (including previous qualifications, research proposal and references) is identified to be of high quality by the Gender Studies PhD Committee, you will be invited for an interview (in person or by Skype) during January-February 2019.

Nominations of successful applicants will be forwarded to a School Panel for a final decision. Candidates can expect to hear back in mid March.

For more information on applications please visit the Gender Studies webpages.  Informal enquiries can be made to Hazel Johnstone by email or by telephone (44 207 107 5316).

Please note that not all faculty will be able to take on new students each year.  Both Professors Clare Hemmings and Naila Kabeer will be on research leave during 2019-20 and will not be available.

Our key research areas are:

  • Memory, Representation and Culture
  • Rights, Security and Development
  • State, Economy, Families, and Inequalities
  • Subjectivity, Sexuality and Identity

LSE PhD Academy

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Erasmus grants: Research students can spend up to 9 months at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. All LSE students, regardless of nationality, are eligible for an Erasmus grant for the duration of their stay abroad. For further information, please contact LSE's Erasmus Coordinator at Erasmus@lse.ac.uk.