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Economic and Social Research Council Funding

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

The LSE ESRC Doctoral Training Centre offers a minimum of 36 studentship each year in a wide variety of subjects

Information for ESRC award holders - 2011/12 onwards|

Information for other ESRC award holders - award holders who started pre 2011/12|

Award types

The ESRC funds 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.

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

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

Arrangements for 2014/15

The Economic and Social Research Council is one of three UK Research Councils whose funding to the School includes studentship provision - the others are the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)| and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)|. With the mutual emphasis on Economics and the Social Sciences, the ESRC is a major sponsor of LSE research.

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 for any cross-School decisions.

The ESRC is no longer running an open competition to award studentships.

How to apply

LSE will nominate offer holders for studentships on the basis of academic merit and research potential. In order to be considered you will need to have completed an application to the School.

How to apply| for admission

If you 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 be considered for the MSc programme only and not the PhD portion.

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

Applicants wishing to be considered for ESRC funding should ensure they have submitted a complete application for admission, including transcripts and references, by 10 January 2014This 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 16 December 2013.