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LISS DTP fully-funded Social Science PhD Studentships – apply now

LISS DTP fully-funded Social Science PhD Studentships – apply now

The LISS Doctoral Training Partnership is led by King’s College London and funded by the Economic & Social Research Council & partner universities

The London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership studentship competition for October 2020 entry is now open. LISS DTP invites applications for four year (1+3) studentships for candidates for a Masters’ degree leading to a PhD, and for three year (+3) doctoral studentships (PhD only) at one of the LISS DTP institutions: King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London or Imperial College London. Part-time studentships are also available.

We welcome applications in any of LISS DTP’s 13 Thematic Pathways covering a range of social science disciplines, including business and management, economics, education, epidemiology, geography, international relations, law, linguistics, politics, psychology, sociology, war and security studies. The DTP particularly welcomes project proposals utilising advanced quantitative methods and interdisciplinary approaches and has dedicated awards in these areas to offer.


Successful applicants are likely to have a good first degree (BA or BSc Honours or equivalent), at first class standard (or upper second class with clear evidence of first class work). Applicants for a +3 award will normally also have an appropriate Masters’ degree (at distinction or at least high merit level) and/or another appropriate qualification or relevant work expertise.

Studentships are only available for students who meet residency requirements set out by the ESRC. If you are already in study and/or have been classed as ‘international’ for fees purposes, then you will not be eligible for a LISS DTP studentship. EU students may apply for a studentship on a fees-only basis, though a limited number of institutionally-funded full studentships are available for successful EU applicants.

If you are currently in your first year of doctoral study (first or second year of study if you are a part-time student), then you are eligible to apply for a studentship to cover the remainder of your study time from October 2020.

LISS DTP fully-funded Social Science PhD Studentships – apply now

The Studentship

The studentship will cover the full cost of Home/EU fees for a Masters’ and/or PhD programme, and an annual stipend (valued at £17,009 in September 2019). As part of your award, you will be able to access additional funding to help cover some of the costs of training, fieldwork, travel and more.

How to apply

Candidates should complete the relevant Case for Support form for their chosen studentship (1+3 or +3). Forms and guidance on their completion can be found on the LISS DTP website in the studentships section. Candidates must also apply for admission to their chosen Masters’ or PhD programme at one of the LISS DTP partner institutions. Links to each LISS DTP partner’s admissions portals can be found the LISS DTP website.

The deadline for applications for ESRC/LISS DTP funding is 31 January 2020, 17:00 GMT.

Contact: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0) 207 848 3745

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