Decisions about School-administered funding opportunities are made at the departmental level by the Department of Geography and Environment (G&E) Research Degrees Funding Panel (‘the department panel’). The department panel is composed of the department’s five programme directors, plus the G&E Director of Postgraduate Studies. Some scholarships are awarded directly by the department panel. Others are awarded by the School’s PhD Scholarships Awards Panel (‘the School panel’). Others are awarded in collaboration with other sources of funding within the School. The different processes for each of the scholarships available for 2020/21 applicants are outlined below.
The vast majority of School-administered funding opportunities will be awarded in the aftermath of the 10 January application deadline. Accordingly, it is highly recommended that you submit your application by 10 January. Very little funding will be awarded after this point. Accordingly, submitting after the 10 January deadline is not recommended unless you have already secured non-LSE funding for your studies.
FYI: You do not need to apply separately for School administered funding opportunities, or indicate a preferred funding stream. All applicants who are offered a place on a G&E MPhil/PhD programme will be considered for all School-administered funding opportunities for which they are eligible. However, as competition for places is very intense, and competition for scholarships is even more intense, G&E cannot provide School-administered funding to all offer-holders. Accordingly, applicants are required actively to explore all potential sources of funding at all stages in their application, including before and during the LSE’s funding consideration process.
There are 3 routes to acquiring funding via G&E.
1. LSE PhD Scholarships
To be considered for a guaranteed LSE PhD Scholarship, you must have submitted your application by 10 January 2020.
For the 2020/21 intake, G&E will be able to award four guaranteed LSE PhD Scholarships, and to nominate four further reserve candidates for those scholarships. (Any declined guaranteed LSE PhD Scholarship offers will be re-offered to applicants on the G&E reserve list.) These scholarships are awarded directly by the department panel. Successful applicants will be contacted directly by the School’s Financial Support Office (FSO) in the weeks following 10 February, and this page will be updated once the department’s guaranteed LSE PhD Scholarships have been awarded. If you have not been contacted by the time this page is updated, you have not been successful.
2. ESRC PhD Scholarships
To be considered for an ESRC scholarship, you must have submitted your application by 10 January 2020.
Each year, the department panel is also permitted to make ESRC PhD scholarship nominations to the School panel. (NB: The department panel nominates applicants for ESRC scholarships, but the School panel makes the final decision about who to award an ESRC PhD scholarship). The deadline for submission of departmental ESRC PhD scholarship nominations to the School panel is 21 February. If you are nominated to the School panel, you will be contacted directly by firstname.lastname@example.org. This page will also be updated once the department’s nominations have been made. If you have not been contacted by the time this page is updated, you have not been successful.
The date for the next meeting of the School panel has not yet been announced. Accordingly, we cannot currently confirm when the results of the ESRC scholarships awards process will be released. However, successful applicants will be contacted directly by the FSO, and this page will be updated once the ESRC scholarships awards process have been completed. If you have not been contacted by the time this page is updated, you have not been successful.
3. Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (GRI)
The department has a close relationship with the GRI. Each year, the department works closely with the GRI to decide which candidates should be offered GRI funding. Decisions about GRI funding are likely to be made during the second half of February 2020. Successful applicants will be contacted directly by the GRI, and this page will be updated once the GRI’s scholarships have been awarded. If you have not been contacted by the time this page is updated, you have not been successful.
10 January: Deadline by which applicants must have submitted their applications in order to be considered for School-administered funding opportunities.
31 January: Deadline for completion of interview process.
7 February: Next meeting of the Department of Geography and Environment Funding Panel.
21 February: Deadline for submission of departmental paperwork to the School panel for ESRC PhD scholarship decisions.