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Economic and Social Research Council Funding (ESRC)

LSE holds an ESRC Doctoral Partnership (DTP) for which 2017 is the first intake. This is a successor to LSE's ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), which was awarded in 2011. The current cohorts of the DTC will become part of the DTP in 2017.

The Economic and Social Research Council is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. It supports research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector.

The LSE DTP supports a minimum of 30 studentships each year in a wide variety of subjects. (LSE DTP studentships are separate from the LSE PhD Studentships).

To find out which LSE programmes are eligible for LSE DTC funding check the programme you are interested in here: 

More information for current ESRC award holders registered at LSE:  
Information for ESRC DTP students 

Award types

The ESRC provides funds for 1+3, 2+2 and +3 studentships.

The 1+3 scheme provides funding for a one year research training master's linked to a three year PhD and is designed for students who have not already completed an ESRC recognised programme of research training. This can be an MSc (Research) programme or a one year MRes.

The 2+2 scheme provides funding for programmes which commence with a 2 year MRes programme followed by a 2 year MPhil/PhD (MRes Economics).

The +3 scheme provides funding for a three year MPhil/PhD.

Arrangements for 2017/18

The Graduate Prospectus gives an indication of which programmes are eligible for funding. The process of awarding the studentships will involve the academic departments responsible and a central panel of academic staff.

How to apply

You only need to apply for a place at LSE, there is no separate application process for LSE DTP studentships. Each department will nominate offer holders for studentships to the selection panel on the basis of academic merit and research potential. The panel will make the final selection.

How to apply for admission

If you are apply at Master's level and wish to be considered for a 1+3 or 2+2 programme i.e. MRes/PhD or MSc (Research)/PhD, you must include with your application an outline research proposal.

This proposal should be a brief description of the research topic you are considering pursuing during your PhD and should explain why you are interested in this area of research. As your research interests will develop over the year of your Master's training your proposal need only be indicative. Applications for MSc (Research) programmes received without this outline research proposal will not be considered for LSE DTP funding.

All students interested in being put forward for LSE DTP funding must contact their academic department in the first instance to express their interest.

Applicants wishing to be considered for LSE DTP funding should ensure they have submitted a complete application for admission, including transcripts and references, by 9 January 2017.  

This deadline is also subject to local deadlines which may have been set by individual academic departments. For example the Economics Department requires receipt of a full application for admission by 14 December 2016.


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