LSE PhD Studentships

It was a huge honour to receive funding from such a prestigious institution

Katherine Furman, LSE PhD Studentship

In 2020 LSE will be offering over 100 major studentships to new PhD students in the form of LSE PhD Studentships and LSE ESRC DTP Studentships.


LSE PhD Studentships are tenable for four years and cover full fees and an annual stipend of £17,000 - 18,000. They are available for UK, EU and international students undertaking research in any LSE discipline, with annual renewal subject to satisfactory academic performance.

These awards will be made solely on the basis of outstanding academic merit and research potential. This relates both to your past academic record and to an assessment of your likely aptitude to complete a PhD in your chosen topic in the time allocated.

The studentships include a requirement that scholars contribute to their department as part of their research training, in the form of teaching or other work, usually from year two onwards.

How to apply

Academic departments nominate students for consideration by a School panel for all PhD funding opportunities they may be eligible for. There is no separate application for any of these studentships.

To be considered for this funding, you must submit your complete application for admission to LSE by a specific date. This date differs by academic department. Refer to the individual programme page for the relevant deadline information. Find your graduate programme.

  • deadline for MRes/PhD Economics for 2020 entry (including PhD Studentships and ESRC funding): 12 December 2019
  • funding deadline for first round of PhD Studentships and for ESRC funding for 2020 entry: 10 January 2020
  • funding deadline for second round of PhD Studentships deadline for 2020 entry (some departments only): 27 April 2020

Find out about ESRC Studentships.

More information on how to apply for a place on a PhD programme.

Student stories


"I received an LSE PhD Studentship, which covers both my tuition and living expenses. It was a huge honour to receive funding from such a prestigious institution and without this support it would have been impossible for me to pursue my PhD."

Katherine Furman
East London, South Africa
MPhil/PhD Philosophy
LSE PhD Studentship