1 + 3 scheme
The 1+3 scheme provides funding for a one year research training Masters linked to a three year PhD and is designed for students who have not already completed an ESRC-recognised programme of research training at MSc level.
LSE has been awarded ESRC Doctoral Training Centre status and offers a total of 36 ESRC studentships a year spread across disciplines. The following MSc programmes are eligible for funding within the Department of Social Policy for the 1+ element of the programme:
- MSc in Social Policy (Research)
- MSc Social Research Methods (Population)
Transfer from the one-year MSc programme to the three-year MPhil/PhD programme is dependent on obtaining high marks in the Master's degree.
+ 3 scheme
The + 3 scheme provides three years funding for the MPhil/PhD programme for students who have already achieved an ESRC-recognised 'research training' MSc or have undertaken equivalent research training.
Applications for the ESRC 1+3 programme:
If you wish to be considered for a 1+3 programme, you must include an outline research proposal with your application for the relevant MSc. The research proposal should normally be up to 4,000 words for Social Policy and up to 1,500 words for Demography. See also Applications section above.
- 1+3 candidates for the MPhil/PhD Social Policy programme should apply for the MSc in Social Policy (Research)
- 1+3 candidates for the MPhil/PhD Demography/Population Studies programme should apply for the MSc Social Research Methods (Population)
Applications for the ESRC +3 programme:
If you wish to be considered for an ESRC +3 award, you should submit an application for the programme as above with information on your ESRC recognised 'research training' MSc. If you do not have the ESRC-recognised research training, you will need to include information on the training that you have already undertaken with a statement making the case of its equivalence in particular with regard to research methods training.
Applicants wishing to be considered for ESRC funding should ensure they have submitted a complete application for admission, including transcripts and references, by 27 April 2016.
Please note that the selection process for LSE PhD and Research Council Studentships will take place in two rounds, and all students are advised to aim for the first round if possible. The deadlines for applications to be considered for funding are 11 January and 27 April 2016. Students will not be considered for funding unless they have been offered a place on the MPhil/PhD programme (this requires all documentation to have been provided and the application to have been considered by the Department).
There is no separate application form for these awards.
Please refer to LSE's Financial Support Office ESRC Funding
web page for guidance.