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Jobs, Fellowships, and other opportunities

The IDEAS team help deliver our interdisciplinary research projects, events with impact, and innovative executive training programmes. Could you be one of them?

LSE IDEAS boasts a world leading multidisciplinary and strategic approach to policy design and implementation.

Ana Linda Solano, Advisor to the Prosecutor General, Colombia

Job vacancies

Research Assistants

Period: 1st November 2019 - 31st March 2020

Contract type: Hourly, 6 hours per week

Remuneration: £17 per hour

LSE IDEAS is looking to appoint two PhD students registered for full time studies at the School to join LSE's foreign policy think tank as research assistants. LSE IDEAS is currently ranked Europe's top university-affiliated think tank and provides a forum that informs policy debate and connects academic research with the practice of diplomacy and strategy. LSE IDEAS hosts interdisciplinary research projects, produces working papers and reports, holds public and off-the-record events, and delivers cutting-edge executive training programmes for government, business and third-sector organisations.

Project 1: LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission

The project interrogates the principles that should underpin Britain’s foreign economic policy and how the UK should position itself in the changed 21st century world economy. More specifically, it asks:

  • Which principles should govern international trade and investment policies?
  • Which economies should be the priority for trade agreements?
  • Should the UK seek to influence international rules in other areas such as investment policy and trade in services?
  • What about digital trade?
  • How should new trade and investment policies fit with Britain’s broader foreign policy aims?
  • What is the link between the UK’s foreign policy and the impact this has on British society?
  • How can Britain promote its values, such as democracy and the rule of law, alongside its other interests on the world stage? 

You can find more information on the Economic Diplomacy Commission page.

Project 2: UN Business and Human Security Initiative

The project conducts research on human security, responsible business, inclusive development, and transformative partnerships, examining how business can protect and empower communities in areas affected by conflict and crisis. More specifically, it asks:

  • Human security: What is human security and how can it contribute to the development of transformative partnerships between different societal stakeholders?
  • Responsible business: How can we ensure that businesses operate in a responsible and sustainable way, positively affecting the environments they operate in?
  • Inclusive development: How can we ensure that initiatives are inclusive, and include civil society members beyond the usual suspects?
  • Transformative partnerships: What is the difference between transactional and transformative partnerships? How can we ensure long-term investment from all stakeholders, including business, government and civil society?

You can find more information on the UN Business and Human Security Initiative page.

To apply for either of these positions, please email a CV and cover letter to by 11:59pm on Monday 30 September 2019.

Speculative job, internship, or volunteer applications cannot be accepted in any circumstances.


LSE IDEAS does not have a summer internship programme. LSE IDEAS does not regularly hire interns, but paid internships in administrative roles are sometimes available. Internships in research roles are not available, but research students can apply to join IDEAS as a visiting research student - see 'Research students' below. 

Speculative job, internship, or volunteer applications cannot be accepted in any circumstances.

Undergraduate students

For undergraduates from any university who want to connect with IDEAS, we strongly encourage you to take part in our events programme.

Some of our adminstrative roles are advertised to LSE students only, keep an eye on this page and IDEAS social media channels. 

Speculative job, internship, or volunteer applications cannot be accepted in any circumstances.

Research students

Visiting Research Students undertake their research at IDEAS, benefiting from our facilities and community.


LSE IDEAS is housed in Pankhurst House at the heart of the LSE campus. Its offices are equipped with telephones, computers, printers, photocopier and a fax machine.

Visiting students have reading and borrowing rights in the British Library of Political and Economic Science and membership of the Senior Common Room.

They may attend the public lecture programme at the LSE and, by arrangement, participate in seminars that interest them.

Fees and requirements

Visiting Research Students are expected to play a part in the broad research culture of LSE IDEAS, although there are no formal obligations placed upon them.

There are no minimum or maximum periods of stay and fees are charged on a pro-rata basis.


Applications may be received at any time. Applicants should submit the following

  • a copy of your research proposal
  • updated CV
  • a covering letter outlining the reasons for your stay

Please send all enquiries and applications to IDEAS Centre Manager Dr Emilia Knight:

Please note that the application process can take 6-8 weeks, or longer over the summer.

Visiting Fellowships

Visiting Senior Fellowship 

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Updated academic CV with a list of publications
  • Research plan of up to 600 words

Visiting Fellowship

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Updated academic CV with list of publications
  • Research plan of up to 600 words
  • One reference letter from a senior academic. Reference letter should be sent via email directly to the IDEAS Centre Manager Emilia Knight.

All applications should be submitted via email to IDEAS Centre Manager Emilia Knight:

Study at LSE IDEAS

The MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy is designed for mid-career professionals, open to applicants with at least 4 years of professional experience.



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