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ESRC London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership Offers fully-funded Social Science PhD Studentships

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) LISS Doctoral Training Partnership is led by King’s College London with partners Imperial College London and Queen Mary University of London

The LISS DTP competition for October 2022 entry is now open, with 58 studentships available. 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 the following areas:

  • any of LISS DTP’s 13 Thematic Pathways covering the range of social science disciplines and methodologies.
  • Project proposals using advanced quantitative methods.
  • Projects using interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives. 


Our goal is to recruit outstanding and diverse candidates across the full range of studentships.

We welcome applications from UK and International (including EU) students. We particularly invite applications from UK students from a BAME background who are currently under-represented in our DTP. See more info about eligibility requirements on the LISS DTP website.

Current PhD students in one of the partner institutions who are in their first year of doctoral study (or second year of study if you are a part-time student), are also eligible to apply for LISS studentship to cover the remainder of their study time from October 2022.

The Studentship

The studentship will cover UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Home fees for a Masters’ and/or PhD programme, and an annual stipend valued at approximately £17,609 (in 2021/22). The ESRC will only fund the UKRI Home fee, but LISS DTP institutions will fund the fee difference for a limited number of International students. 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

A link to the online application form and further guidance can be found on the LISS DTP website at In addition to the application form you will need: a reference from someone other than your supervisor; your academic transcripts and your prospective supervisor must complete an online supporting statement. You should also apply for admission to your chosen Masters’ or PhD programme at one of the LISS DTP partner institutions.

The deadline for applications for ESRC/LISS DTP funding is 28 January 2022, 17:00 GMT.



Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: The studentship will cover UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Home fees for a Masters' and/or PhD programme, and an annual stipend valued at approximately £17,609 (in 2021/22).
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 25th October 2021
Closes: 28th January 2022
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