ESRC Studentships

There is a good amount of funding available at LSE for students from all over the world

Laura Sochas, ESRC Studentship recipient

LSE has an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), housed in the PhD Academy in LSE's prestigious Library building.

The ESRC is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. It supports research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector.

ESRC Studentships are available in a number of programmes for UK students (including research master's linked to a PhD programme). A minimum of 30 studentships are available each year. Please note, LSE is currently in discussions regarding the implications of changes to EU fee classification for 2021 entry and the impact that this will have on eligibility for ESRC funding. We will provide an update here as soon as possible. 

Funding for PhD study is also available in the form of LSE PhD Studentships.


ESRC Studentships are available in a number of programmes. Individual programme entries detail which programmes are eligible for ESRC funding. Find your graduate programme.

 A minimum of 30 studentships are available each year. 

Funding can cover a one year's research training master's linked to a three year PhD, a two-year MRes linked to two years of study or a three-year PhD programme. Find out more about these different award types.

Each academic department is responsible for nominating students for funding.

LSE's DTP covers a large range of research programmes within the School, and awards are spread across departments.

The ESRC are keen to see students involved in collaboration with non Higher Education partners (charities, private sector, public sector) and if you have an existing involvement with an organisation which might support your research, and which might benefit from your work in doing so, you should flag this up on your application. 

Scholarship amount

Studentships are tenable for three or four years, depending on the programme of study and subject to satisfactory academic performance.

They cover full fees (UK level) and an annual stipend, which for 2020 entry was £17,285.

There is additional DTP funding available during the research programme to support difficult language training, field work, overseas institutional visits (in particular to partner institutions in Africa and Asia), and all collaborative opportunities, established or new.

How to apply

Applications for ESRC funding for master's programmes linked to a PhD

The 1+3 scheme provides funding for a one-year research training master's linked to a PhD programme and is designed for students who have not already completed an ESRC recognised programme of research training.

If you would like to be considered for this, you should submit an application for the relevant master’s programme, including a research proposal for the PhD aspect of the pathway. You must also indicate your wish to be considered for the 1+3 pathway within your personal statement.

Applications for ESRC funding for direct entry to a PhD programme

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 the 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 Economics, Geography and Environment and Mathematics for 2021 entry (including PhD Studentships and ESRC funding): 17 December 2020
  • funding deadline for first round of PhD Studentships and for ESRC funding for 2021 entry: 14 January 2021

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

Student stories


"I was awarded funding from the UK's ESRC. It was a requirement of my funding to do an MSc in research methods before going to do a PhD, and it's taught me very valuable skills that I can now bring to both academic and applied settings. There is a good amount of funding available at LSE for students from all over the world."

Laura Sochas
MSc Social Research Methods
LSE ESRC DTP Studentship