The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK’s largest funder of research on economic and social issues.
LSE is one of 14 ESRC recognised advanced training centres for postgraduate students in the UK, known as Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) from the start of the academic year 2017/18. This has replaced LSE's Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), and the ongoing DTC students will be part of the DTP.
A key function of DTPs is to distribute ESRC funds in the form of postgraduate studentships.
DTPs are also designed to support multi-disciplinarily activities and to provide advanced professional support to ESRC funded students.
The LSE ESRC DTP is housed within the PhD Academy and offers a minimum of 30 studentships each year in a wide variety of programmes.
Eligible programmes and pathways
THe LSE ESRC DTP offers studentships in 24 ESRC pathways across 18 different Departments. A summary of the LSE ESRC Pathways, pathway structures, departments and the different programme titles are listed in this document.
LSE's ESRC DTP eligible programmes are all flagged in the Graduate Prospectus with detail on each programme listed on the Available programmes webpage, under the section 'Research'. They can include Master's programmes if these are required as preliminary training to a PhD, as well as MRes and MPhil/PhD programmes.
LSE Graduate Admissions manage the application process for all LSE PhD students and prospective students should refer to the Contact Graduate Admissions page with initial enquiries.
Key information about ESRC funding
LSE ESRC DTP studentships are different from LSE PhD studentships. See LSE PhD studentships for more information about PhD studentships.
Only some of LSE’s PhD programmes are recognised for funding purposes by the ESRC. All the PhD programmes are eligible for LSE PhD Studentships.
Programme overviews, videos and student services
When considering applications to LSE in general, see LSE's Graduate Study Webpage, which includes programme overviews, videos and details of student services.
Advantages of ESRC DTP studentship
There are many advantages to securing an ESRC DTP studentship - for details see What are the advantages of an ESRC studentship?
LSE’s ESRC DTP also offers many types of awards - for more information see What awards are offered by LSE's ESRC DTP?.
Applications for ESRC DTP studentships at LSE have specific conditions and strict deadlines. See details on how to apply.
Opportunities for registered students
Registered students can find out more about opportunities available to them throught ESRCPhD Moodle: log in to Moodle and find under course name 'LSE ESRC DTP'.
Information for Supervisors of ESRC scholarship students
ESRC have two key documents that set out the responsibilities of supervisors of ESRC scholarship students. These are available on the ESRC website:
ESRC Postgraduate Training and Development Guidelines
ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide
Your contacts to find out more
LSE Graduate Admissions Webpage
Graduate Admissions Contact Details
LSE's Doctoral Training Partnership:
ESRC Funding & Scholarships:
Economic and Social Research Council