PhD students and research staff

Welcome to the section of the LSE Careers website devoted to PhD students and research staff.

PhD career development programme 2015

Read the latest career development programme brochure below. The brochure outlines the most relevant services and resources and advises you on how to approach your career while at LSE. You can also download the brochure [pdf].


You can book an appointment with the PhD careers adviser on LSE CareerHub.
Please note: All career discussions are held in confidence.


Log in to LSE CareerHub to search for job opportunities and book places on careers events. We also have lists of other academic and non-academic job sites suitable for PhD students.

Careers events

One hour seminars on careers issues relevant to PhD students run throughout the year. For information about the latest events log in to LSE CareerHub

Our PhD careers consultant also delivers seminars for the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) programmes for PhD students and post-doctoral staff.  For more information contact TLC on

You can also find all our PhD careers seminar slides on this website.

Access to LSE Careers after you graduate

You can continue to book appointments with the PhD careers adviser for two years from the date of your PhD graduation.

For further information on alumni access please visit the CareerHub access page.

Research staff access

As a member of research staff you can access CareerHub and book career events and appointments. Register as a new staff user here.

Funding a PhD – ideas and sources

We’ve posted a few blogs recently about the pros and cons of PhD study, so this time we’re focusing on one area of concern – the funding issue! In addition to what’s on our website on the topic, have a look at: Individual institutions many scholarships and other opportunities are available at LSE European University Institute in Florence funds 150 […]


So you’re thinking about a PhD? 5 tips for prospective PhDs

Ever wondered what it’s like doing a PhD? Is doing further research something you’re thinking about now you’re clarifying your dissertation topic and thinking about life after your master’s? Here Mia Certo, an MPhil/PhD candidate in International Relations at LSE, shares her five top tips for things you need to think about if the prospect of doing a PhD sounds appealing. 1. […]


PhD students moving outside academia

Blog by our PhD Careers Consultant Catherine Reynolds. What are you looking for next? Where will you thrive and do your best work? Where will you find job and personal satisfaction? What’s out there anyway? There are pros and cons in every employment sector and multiple roles open to PhD graduates. You might consider your future direction from two different angles. […]


Applying for a job in academia? You’ll need a specific type of CV

PhD students and researchers wanting an academic career will need an informative and detailed CV, different from CVs in other sectors. Our advice is to draw on four areas of expertise which tend to meet the requirements of most academic job specifications: Research – yes, that’s your PhD thesis, but it’s also: going to and presenting at conferences, publishing in […]


How do you know if a PhD is right for you?

If you’re interested in further study, find out why, where, and when to do a PhD and how to approach the application process with us on Monday 21 November.

We’ll help you identify what a PhD, list good and bad reasons to do a PhD, and support you with your approach applying for a PhD including timescales, funding, and personal statements.

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Managing your career (for PhD students and research staff)

Starts: 23 Jan 2017 4:00 PM
Finishes: 23 Jan 2017 5:00 PM
Remaining places: 34
This interactive seminar is aimed at PhD students and research staff who are thinking about different career options and/or are unsure about which career path to take. It is a chance to reflect on what is important to you, so you can use this knowledge to inform your career decisions.

CodeFirst: Girls - free beginners coding course for female students

Starts: 25 Jan 2017 6:30 PM
Finishes: 25 Jan 2017 8:30 PM
CodeFirst: Girls and Generate at LSE Careers are offering a free, part-time coding course at the LSE for female students who want to be part of the digital revolution.

IDEP: Working in international organisations, think tanks and government roles after a PhD

Starts: 1 Feb 2017 5:30 PM
Finishes: 1 Feb 2017 7:00 PM
Remaining places: 40
LSE PhD alumni share their career stories and experiences of finishing up and moving out of academia. Speakers are currently working in various roles in international organisations, think tanks and central government.

Using your time now effectively for your future (for PhD students and research staff)

Starts: 20 Feb 2017 12:30 PM
Finishes: 20 Feb 2017 2:00 PM
Remaining places: 37
​PhD students are constantly making decisions about how best to use their time. This seminar will help you to understand the range of skills, experience and contacts you can gain while doing your PhD, and help prepare you for your career after LSE.

Interviews for academic posts (for PhD students and research staff)

Starts: 1 Mar 2017 12:30 PM
Finishes: 1 Mar 2017 1:30 PM
Remaining places: 37
​This seminar is an introduction to interviews for academic jobs for PhD students and research staff, covering how to prepare and what to expect.

Finding research fellowships and applying for post-doc funding (for PhD students/research staff)

Starts: 6 Mar 2017 4:00 PM
Finishes: 6 Mar 2017 5:00 PM
Remaining places: 36
Develop your understanding of research fellowships in academia at this seminar, where you will learn the process involved in finding and applying successfully. For PhD students and research staff only.

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