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How to apply

Apply by Monday 12 January 2015 to be considered for LSE PhD Studentships

The School is offering 63 full scholarships for new PhD students. The scholarships cover fees and living expenses of £18,000 each year for four years. They are available for Home UK/EU  and Overseas students undertaking full time research in any LSE discipline, with annual renewal subject to satisfactory academic performance at the School.  Studentships will be awarded on academic merit and research potential.

There is no separate application form for these awards. If you wish to be considered for an award, you must submit a complete application for a place on our PhD programme by Monday 12 January

A second round of studentship selections will take place for applications submitted by Monday 27 April 2015.

Find out more about LSE PhD Studentships on the LSE website|

Next steps:

The formal PhD application and admissions process is handled by the Graduate Admissions Office|. All applicants are advised to read the 2015 Graduate Prospectus| [PDF] (for entry in 2015) on the Graduate Admissions| pages.

Applicants are advised to consult the information provided on the PhD track they are interested in: Business Economics|, Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour|, General Management|, Information Systems and Innovation| or Management Science| as it would be relevant for your application. 

If you choose to apply, your application documents will include the completed application form, references and transcriptsA GRE (preferred) or GMAT score should also be submitted. Please note that this requirement is compulsory for all applicants for all PhD in Management tracks.

In addition, we require you to submit a research proposal with your application:

  • The proposal should be of approximately 3,000 words
  • The proposal should include a preliminary title and set of questions based on your identification of the key literature and current debates in the field, and a discussion of your proposed research approach
  • You should describe your motivation for selecting this particular topic for research and state why you think your proposed work will make a significant and original contribution to the field
  • Finally, tell us how you think your research fits into the current research profile of the Faculty Group in which your chosen PhD track is based, the Department and LSE. To do this, please take time to review the academic work of the Group. Start by reading about our Groups' research foci.

For a full explanation of what you need to supply, please see How to Apply| and Completing Your Application|.

Once we have received a formal application from Graduate Admissions, we will review it internally and get back to you regarding our decision. If we need further information from you, we will get in touch with you directly.

Supervisors for successful applicants are assigned by the Faculty Group according to suitability and staff workload. Our decision is communicated to the GAO who will then formally write to you.

We would be grateful if you would allow us to filter your communications with individual members of staff regarding PhD admissions, and kindly ask you not to make multiple contacts within the Department. We therefore ask that all emails should be addressed to:| 

If there is any issue regarding the content of your research proposal we will put you in contact with the appropriate member of academic staff best able to discuss it with you.