LSE PhD Studentships on 'Analysing and Challenging Inequalities'

For 2021 entry, LSE is offering a minimum of three new prestigious LSE PhD Studentships for PhD study in any Department whose research addresses ‘Analysing and Challenging Inequalities’

Students will apply to specific Departments and will also be affiliated to LSE’s International Inequalities Institute. You will be part of a dynamic research culture exploring the links between the economic dimensions of inequalities with their social, cultural and political aspects to systematically assess whether and how inequalities might be hardening in mutually reinforcing ways. As well as being supervised by experts in your home Departments, you will also be actively mentored by a group of leading scholars who all have outstanding records of research on escalating inequalities. 

You will join three cohorts of students previously funded by the Leverhulme Trust developing research on this theme, as well as other LSE funded scholars in your department.


Topics may cover any aspect of economic, social, cultural and political inequality, in any part of the world, addressing whether, why and how such inequalities are intensifying. Students may propose to use quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods.

Selection for all LSE studentships is 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.

Your application should make reference to where your research will fit into this theme.

Scholarship amount

LSE PhD Studentships on Inequalities are tenable for four years and cover full fees and an annual stipend of £18,000.

How to apply

To be considered, you must submit a complete application (including references, proposal, marked work etc) by the funding deadline set by your academic department. To check the funding deadline for your department, refer to the programme page.

  • funding deadline for first round of PhD Studentships and for ESRC funding for 2021 entry: 14 January 2021

Your application should also make reference to where your research will fit into the theme of ‘Analysing and Challenging Inequalities’

Due to the late advertising of the awards for 2021, applicants who have already submitted their applications to Departments and would like to be considered for these awards should contact their Department to notify them of their interest and submit a statement explaining how their research relates to inequalities as indicated in the notes for applicants.

For more information on how to apply, visit how to apply for a place on a PhD programme.