MRes/MPhil/PhD programmes

In 2017 LSE will be offering over 100 major studentships to new PhD students in the form of LSE PhD Studentships, LSE ESRC DTP Studentships and Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships.

Application information can be found at the end of this page.

LSE PhD Studentships

These awards are tenable for four years and will cover full fees and an annual stipend of £18,000. They are available for UK, EU and international students undertaking research in any LSE discipline, with annual renewal subject to satisfactory academic performance.

These awards will be made solely on the basis of outstanding academic merit and research potential. This relates both to your past academic record and to an assessment of your likely aptitude to complete a PhD in your chosen topic in the time allocated.

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

LSE Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership Scholarships

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the LSE Doctoral Training Partnership is housed in the new PhD Academy in LSE's prestigious Library building.

The LSE DTP has funding to support a minimum of 30 studentships a year, selected within LSE and awarded under the terms set by the ESRC. Each studentship is available to UK and EU students, and is tenable for three or four years, depending on the programme of study and subject to satisfactory academic performance. It covers full fees (UK and EU level) and an annual stipend, which for 2016 was £16,296. LSE provides a separate stipend award of the same amount for any EU students selected who do not meet the ESRC eligibility criteria for a full award. This is assessed and set up automatically as part of the award process.

Funding can cover one year's research training master's linked to a three year PhD, two year MRes linked to two years of study or a three year PhD programme. Each academic department is responsible for nominating students for funding. Please visit and our Financial Support pages for further information on ESRC eligibility and postgraduate funding opportunities.

LSE's DTP covers a large range of research programmes within the School, and awards are spread across departments. The ESRC are keen to see students involved in collaboration with non Higher Education partners (charities, private sector, public sector) and if you have an existing involvement with an organisation which might support your research, and which might benefit from your work in doing so, you should flag this up on your application. 

There is additional DTP funding available during the research programme to support difficult language training, field work, overseas institutional visits (in particular to partner institutions in Africa and Asia), and all collaborative opportunities, established or new.

Leverhulme Trust Scholarships

LSE is offering six prestigious Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships for PhD study in any department whose research addresses "The Challenge of Escalating Inequalities". The scholarships are available to UK and EU students. Applicants will apply in the normal way for an MRes/PhD or MPhil/PhD, ensuring that their research proposal details their interest in this area of research. Scholars will be affiliated to LSE's International Inequalities Institute.

The scholarships cover a full fee at UK/EU level plus a stipend at Research Council rates which are published in early 2017 (£16,296 for 2016). They are three year awards, renewable each year subject to satisfactory progress.

How to apply

There is no separate application for these awards. The selection of students will be based on their application to study for a PhD at the School. Academic departments are able to nominate a limited number of candidates for consideration for these awards by a School panel.

To be considered, you must submit a complete application (including references, proposal, marked work etc) for a place on a PhD programme by 9 January 2017 (except if you wish to be considered for a PhD Studentship by the Department of Economics, in which case the deadline is 14 December 2016). Some departments will also consider a second round of applications submitted by 26 April 2017. Please contact your prospective department to confirm.

For more information on how to apply, visit how to apply for a place on a PhD programme

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