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ESRC/LISS DTP Postgraduate Studentships 2024/25

The application window is open until 26 January 2024, 5pm (UK time) for academic year 2024/25 ESRC Open Competition studentships through the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership, offering full funding for postgraduate study. 


The Doctoral Training Partnership is led by King’s, partnered by Imperial College London and Queen Mary. 

Four year (1+3) studentships, involving a Masters’ degree leading to a PhD, are available, as well as three year (+3) doctoral studentships (PhD only) at one of three institutions. Part-time studentships are also available.  Current 1st year full-time PGR students or 1st/2nd year part-time PGR students are eligible to apply for the remainder of their PhD study.  

We welcome applications in the following areas:  

  • any of LISS DTP’s 6 Research Areas 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 students. We particularly invite applications from UK students from a BAME background who are currently under-represented in our DTP. More information with regard to eligibility requirements is available on the LISS DTP website.  

The studentship will cover UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Home fees for a Masters’ and/or PhD programme, and an annual tax free stipend valued at approximately £20,622 (the 2024/25 rate, as a guide). 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.  

A link to the online application form, along with further guidance, can be found on the LISS DTP website.

The LISS DTP will run two online briefing sessions for students preparing applications for the Open Competition for October 2024 Entry.  The purpose of the briefing session is for interested applicants to find out more about the LISS DTP and to ask questions about the application process. 

The sessions will be held via MS Teams and a link will be emailed to registrants 48 hours before the session. 

Open Competition Briefing - Tuesday 5 December 2-3pm, register now

Decolonizing Research - Friday 17 November 2-3pm, register register now. This workshop is especially dedicated to encouraging applicants from under-represented backgrounds, but is open to all. If you are excited by research, social issues and ideas but are not sure what a Masters/PhD entails or why you might want one, this workshop is for you. 

The LISS DTP team is on hand at to advise any time ahead of the application deadline, should you have any questions. 



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