teaching and support

PhD Funding


Financial support available to Social Policy research students

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There is no separate application for funding.
Funding is allocated by nomination and you will automatically be considered for the award you are eligible for alongside all applications received by the funding deadline.

There are two types of funding available for the MPhil/PhD in Social Policy

LSE Studentships

LSE studentships  for UK, EU and OS candidates

ESRC Scholarships

ESRC scholarships (1+3 and +3 schemes) for UK and EU candidates

  • The 1+3 scheme provides funding for a one year research training Master's 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.

    1+3 candidates for the MPhil/PhD Social Policy  programme should apply for the MSc International Social and Public Policy (Research) and include an outline research proposal that fully covers the elements required as set out on the research programmes page.

    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 (65%+).
  • 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.

    + 3 candidates should submit an application with information on their 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

LSE's Financial Support Office administers a variety of studentships and award schemes for which different deadlines apply.  

There may be other funding opportunities available through other organisations or governments and we recommend you investigate these options as well.