Decisions about School-administered funding opportunities are made at the departmental level by the Department of Geography and Environment (G&E) Research Degrees Funding Panel (‘the department panel’). The department panel is composed of the department’s five programme directors, plus the G&E Director of Postgraduate Studies. Some scholarships are awarded directly by the department panel. Others are awarded by the School’s PhD Scholarships Awards Panel (‘the School panel’). Others are awarded in collaboration with other sources of funding within the School. The different processes for each of the scholarships available for 2020/21 applicants are outlined below.
Most School-administered funding opportunities will be awarded in the aftermath of the 10 January application deadline. Accordingly, it is highly recommended that you submit your application by 10 January. It is possible that some scholarships will be available after the final 27 April deadline. However, this will depend on the number of scholarships which remain un-allocated after the 10 January deadline. Accordingly, submitting after the 10 January deadline is strongly discouraged unless you have already secured non-LSE funding for your studies.
Please note that the department can only consider for funding those applications which:
(i) list a Department of Geography and Environment programme as their 1st choice, and;
(ii) are not only submitted but also released to the department by the Graduate Admissions service before the relevant application deadlines for the 1st and 2nd funding rounds.
For information on the process by which applications are released to department, see below under ‘What happens to my application after I press submit?’
FYI: You do not need to apply separately for School administered funding opportunities. All applicants who are offered a place on a G&E MPhil/PhD programme will be considered for all School-administered funding opportunities for which they are eligible, and which are available at the point at which they apply. However, as competition for places is very intense, and competition for scholarships is even more intense, G&E cannot provide School-administered funding to all offer-holders. Accordingly, applicants are required actively to explore all potential sources of funding at all stages in their application, including before and during the LSE’s funding consideration process.
There are 5 routes to acquiring funding via G&E in the 2020 academic year.
1. LSE PhD Scholarships
For those applying for September 2020 entry, the LSE PhD scholarships deadline is 10 January 2020.
For the 2020/21 intake, G&E will be able to award four guaranteed LSE PhD Scholarships, and to nominate four further reserve candidates for those scholarships. (Any declined guaranteed LSE PhD Scholarship offers will be re-offered to applicants on the G&E reserve list). These scholarships are awarded directly by the department panel.
2. ESRC PhD Scholarships
For those applying for September 2020 entry, the ESRC scholarships deadline is 10 January 2020.
For the 2020/21 intake, the department panel will be able to nominate six applicants to the School panel for an ESRC PhD scholarship. NB: The department panel nominates applicants for ESRC scholarships, but the School panel makes the final decision about who to award an ESRC PhD scholarship.
3. LSE PhD Studentships on ‘Analysing and Challenging Inequalities’
For those applying for September 2020 entry, the ‘Analysing and Challenging Inequalities’ scholarships deadline is 10 January 2020.
For the 2020/21 intake, the department will be able to nominate two applicants to the International Inequalities Institute for LSE PhD Studentships on ‘Analysing and Challenging Inequalities’ (ACI scholarships). NB: The department panel nominates applicants for ACI scholarships, but the International Inequalities Institute panel makes the final decision about who to award an AIC scholarship. If you would like to apply for this funding stream, please reference in your application how your research will fit into the theme of ‘Analysing and Challenging Inequalities’.
4. Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (GRI)
For those applying for September 2020 entry, the GRI scholarships deadline is 10 January 2020.
The department has a close relationship with the GRI. Each year, the department works closely with the GRI to decide which candidates should be offered GRI funding. Decisions about GRI funding are made towards the end of February/beginning of March.
5. POLISS funding
For those applying for September 2020 entry, the POLISS scholarships deadline is 3 April 2020.
For the 2020/21 intake, the department will be able to award two Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Foundation scholarships for those applying to the MPhil/PhD Economic Geography whose research proposal is specifically tailored to the ‘Policies for Smart Specialisation’ (POLISS) funding call. NB: this scholarship is only available to those applying for the MPhil/PhD Economic Geography, and will only be available for the September 2020 entry cohort.