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Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre (ESRC DTC)

LSE is an ESRC DTC specialising in Economics and the Social Sciences. The LSE DTC is part of a network of 21 Centres in the United Kingdom, and offers 36 studentships each year in a wide variety of subjects. A total of 13 of the awards are steered towards the subject area of Economics (with research programmes in the Departments of Economics, Finance and Management), research which involves Advanced Quantitative Methods (including Demography) and research which is interdisciplinary. The remainder of the awards (23) are for research in any area within the DTC.

The programme pages give details of all the programmes funded through the DTC, together with the deadline for application in order to be considered for nomination.

The areas of research supported by the LSE DTC consist of various clusters of programmes, which are grouped by theme. The awards are spread across the seven clusters, and LSE has a particular steer from the ESRC to support Economics based programmes, research which involves Advanced Quantitative Methods, and interdisciplinary research. All LSE doctoral students are based in academic departments, but for purposes of their research may be linked to one of the School’s Research Centres.

The areas of research supported by the DTC are broken down as follows:

  • Economics: which includes Economics, Finance and Management (Business Economics)
  • Global Economic Performance: which consists of Accounting, Economic History, Management (general) and Statistics
  • Environment, Energy and Resilience: which includes Geography - Environmental Economics, Environmental Policy and Development and Human Geography and Urban Studies - and Demography/Population Studies (Social Policy)
  • Political Science and International Studies: which includes European Institute, Government and International Development
  • Social Science: which includes Anthropology, Media and Communications, Methodology and Social Psychology, together with two new suggested areas - Criminology and Philosophy of the Social Sciences. The Criminology pathway was included in the Mannheim Centre with several routes in and is not yet in position
  • Social Policy: which includes Gender, Law (Socio-legal Studies), Social Policy and Sociology
  • Spatial Disparities, Economic Geography and Regional Development: which consists of Economic Geography

The studentships are based in the following departments, and can consist of MRes/PhD, MPhil/PhD or eligible MSc followed by MPhil/PhD:

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Economic History
  • European Institute
  • Finance
  • Geography and Environment
  • Gender Institute
  • Government
  • International Development
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Management
  • Media and Communications
  • Methodology
  • Philosophy
  • Social Policy (including Demography programmes)
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics

Full details of eligible programmes are set out in the programme pages|.


The ESRC sets out residency requirements for award of DTC studentships – details can be found on their website:


Funding level offered

For UK residents the studentship will cover tuition fees in full and provide a maintenance stipend, and annual Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of £750. For EU residents the ESRC studentship will cover fees and RTSG only.

There is additional support available to doctoral students (i.e. for those entering straight into an MPhil/PhD programme or moving into doctoral study following a preliminary Master’s year) by way of enhanced stipends for the study of Economics or Advanced Quantitative Methods, and support for fieldwork and difficult language training.

Full details of the awards including how to apply and the timetable for applications are on the Financial Support| webpages.

Additional funding opportunities

The DTC supports training in a number of ways. As well as funding your PhD programme, there are additional funds available for the following:

The ESRC also offer regular additional opportunities, so visit www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/postgraduates/all-students/index.aspx| regularly to stay updated on these.

If you are an applicant, then the remainder of the graduate section of the website will guide you on how to apply for a place and for ESRC funding. Once you are at LSE, the Financial Support Office and the Research Degrees Unit will provide information to assist you to make the most of your ESRC funding.