The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK’s largest funder of research on economic and social issues.
LSE is one of 21 ESRC recognised advanced training centres for postgraduate students in the UK, known as Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs). From 2017 LSE will be a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) - one of 14 new funding centres which will replace the DTC and incorporate current DTC students.
A key function of DTPs is to distribute ESRC funds in the form of postgraduate studentships.
DTPs are also designed to support multi-disciplinarily and to provide advanced professional support to ESRC funded students.
The LSE ESRC DTC is housed within the PhD Academy and offers a minimum of 30 studentships each year in a wide variety of programmes.
Our webpage 'what programmes are eligible for LSE’s ESRC DTC Eligible programmes are all flagged up in the Graduate Prospectus and on the detail page of each programme listed here: Available programmes. They can include Master's programmes if these are required as preliminary training to a PhD, as well as MRes and MPhil/PhD programmes.
Key information about ESRC funding
LSE ESRC DTC studentships are different from LSE PhD studentships – see the School’s LSE PhD studentships page for more information about PhD studentships generally.
Only some of LSE’s PhD programmes are recognised for funding purposes by the ESRC. All the PhD programmes are eligible for LSE PhD Studentships. all currently available programmes.
Programme overviews, videos and
When considering applications to LSE in general, you may wish to refer to LSE’s Graduate Study pages, (Graduate Admissions) which include programme overviews, videos and details of student services.
Advantages of ESRC DTP studentship
There are many advantages to securing an ESRC DTP studentship – for details see What are the advantages of an ESRC DTP studentship?
LSE’s ESRC DTC offers various types of award – for more information see What awards are offered by LSE’s ESRC DTC?
Applications for ESRC DTP studentships at LSE have specific conditions and strict deadlines attached – for details see How can I apply for an ESRC DTP studentship at LSE?
PhD Academy website
Life as a PhD student at LSE has a lot to offer, both at the department level and through the PhD Academy – explore the PhD Academy site for more information.
Opportunities for registered students
Registered students can find out more about opportunities available to them by visiting the ESRCPhD Moodle page: log in to Moodle and find under course name 'LSE ESRC DTC'.
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