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Economic and Social Research Council Funding (ESRC)

LSE's ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) was established in 2011.

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 DTC supports a minimum of 36 studentships each year in a wide variety of subjects. (LSE DTC 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 DTC students 
Information for other ESRC award holders - award holders who started pre 2011/12

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 2016/17

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 DTC 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 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 DTC funding.

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

Applicants wishing to be considered for LSE DTC funding should ensure they have submitted a complete application for admission, including transcripts and references, by 11 January 2016

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 2015.


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