The Institute hosts a vibrant group of PhD students working on climate change and environmental topics. They receive their research training in one of the School’s teaching departments, being placed according to discipline. They then carry out their research in the Institute, supervised by members of the Institute and/or by our Associates in other parts of LSE.

How to apply

The Institute does not handle PhD applications directly. To apply to study in an area of interest please follow the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) application process.

You should apply via the teaching department closest to your interests. This is often the Department of Geography and Environment, which has PhD programmes in Environmental Economics, and in Environmental Policy and Development. Applications to other departments such as Economics, Government, International Relations, Law, Social Policy and Statistics are also welcome.


There are various funding opportunities for Institute students, including LSE scholarships and, for Home and EU students, scholarships from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The Institute also awards its own scholarships, usually 2-3 each year. These are comparable to ESRC scholarships in paying your tuition fees and offering a stipend to cover living expenses. Applications are welcome on any topic within the remit of the Institute’s research.

Grantham Research Institute scholarships for the courses beginning in the autumn of 2020 have now been awarded. Details of future funding opportunities will be announced later in the year.

Supervision in the Institute

The following Institute staff are currently available to supervise PhD students:

Declan Conway
Marion Dumas
Robert Falkner (in International Relations)
Roger Fouquet
James Rising
David Stainforth
Swenja Surminski
Luca Taschini

In addition, you may wish to consider our Associates.

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