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The US Centre PhD Summer Research Grants

Our summer research grants aim to encourage innovative research on the United States and to support students pursuing postgraduate research on topics related to the Centre’s overall mission of promoting internationally-oriented scholarship on America’s changing role in the world

"The Summer Research Grant programme is a wonderful opportunity for young researchers to develop grant work experience"

Ariel Perkins - 2018-19 Grant Recipient

US Centre PhD Summer Grant scheme is open to all LSE PhD students who are conducting US-related research, however, research proposals should fall under one of the US Centre’s core research themes. The 2019-20 academic year is the second year for the Summer Grant scheme. 

The grants will provide support to the development of early career scholars at the LSE while also aiming to help with research activities for example: including data collection, field work, and/or designing and implementing a survey. The grants are not intended for language study or purchasing equipment. The award will be for one year, and will be £2500. £1500 of the grant will be given up front and the further £1000 when the report is submitted.

We have closed our applications for the 2019-20 PhD Summer Grant scheme. If you are interested in applying next year, please register for our newsletter here and we will let you know once the applications for 2020-21 academic year open. 

Read the donor report of the successes of the 2018-19 programme. For more information on the previous year's research projects click here.


Research Projects 2020:


1. Parklet City: Governing American Public Space (Frida Timan, Department of Geography and Environment)

2. Negative partisanship in multi-party systems (Katharina Lawall, Department of Government)

3. Henry L. Stimson, American Grand Strategy, and the Second World War, 1940-1945 (Grant Golub, Department of International History)

4. The Reengineering of the Post BW Global Monetary Order (Aisenour Bitsen, Department of International Relations)

5. Cold Refuge: Honduran refugee camps and Central America's global Cold War (Fionntan O'Hara, Department of International History)