London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) ESRC Studentships 2017-18

London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership

The London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership studentship competition for September 2017 entry is now open ( LISS DTP invites applications for four year (1+3) studentships for a Masters’ degree leading directly to a PhD, and for three year (+3) doctoral studentships at one of the LISS DTP partner institutions: King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London or Imperial College London.

We welcome applications from candidates whose research is situated within any of LISS DTP’s 13 Thematic Pathways (for more details see- The DTP particularly welcomes project proposals utilising Advanced Quantitative Methods and interdisciplinary approaches and has dedicated AQM awards and interdisciplinary awards to offer.


Successful applicants are likely to have a first degree (BA or BSc Honours or equivalent) at first class standard (or upper second class with clear evidence of first class work). If you are currently on an undergraduate programme, you should be predicted a first class degree or be predicted an upper second with evidence of first class work. Applicants for a doctoral award will normally also have an appropriate Masters’ degree (at distinction or high merit level) and/or another appropriate qualification/work experience.

Studentships are only available for students who meet residency requirements set out by the ESRC. If you 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.  Stipend funding may also be possible through institutional funding for successful EU student applications on a limited basis.

The Award

The studentship will cover the full cost of Home/EU fees for a Masters’ and/or PhD programme, and an annual stipend (this amount has not yet been set for the September 2017 start date but an indication from September 2016 is £16,296). As part of your award, you will be able to access LISS DTP’s Research Training Support Grant 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 mode of studentship (1+3 or +3). These forms and further guidance on their completion can be found online ( Candidates must also complete a full admissions application for their chosen Masters’ or PhD programme at one of the LISS DTP Partner institutions. Links to each LISS DTP Partner’s central admissions portals are available on the LISS DTP website.

The deadline for applications for ESRC/LISS DTP funding is 31 January 2017, 17:00 GMT. This deadline is absolute; late applications will not be considered under any circumstances.


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