ESRC Summer Research Experience Placements

 Applications for the ESRC Summer Research Placements 2023 are now closed.

All candidates will be notified the outcome of their application by Tuesday 6 June 2023


Are you a British Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic undergraduate student finishing your 2nd year? 

Are you interested in finding out what it’s like to do social science research? 

Are you eager to learn how to conduct a research project from start to finish? 

If so, read on!

During a six-week programme, students will work collaboratively in small groups to conduct research projects with a focus on the theme of social justice. Each week, students will acquire essential skills in defining their research objectives, identifying relevant research questions, selecting suitable methodologies, collecting and analysing data, and presenting their findings. Throughout their placement, students will receive guidance and supervision from PhD students who are currently studying in related fields. 

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to attend a series of taster lectures on social science research related to social justice. These lectures will be delivered by academics from LSE and will serve as a valuable resource to aid students in their research endeavours. 

With funding from both the ESRC and the LSE we are able to offer up to fourteen placement opportunities.   

WHEN: the placements will run from 19 June to 28 July 2023 

WHERE: London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE 

ATTENDENCE: Will be in-person, Monday to Friday over the six-week period 

REMUNERATION: participants will be employed at Salary Band 1 Standard (hourly) for the duration of the placement 

ELIGIBILITY: applicants must be in their second year of undergraduate studies in a social science discipline (see here for a list) and must be curious about social science research and how it can address questions about inequality. The scheme is open only to students who are British and who self-identify as BAME (from Black, Asian or Minority backgrounds). The scheme is open to students from LSE and other London-based institutions. We particularly welcome applications from students currently studying at Greenwich, Kingston, London Metropolitan, Middlesex and Westminster Universities.  


All applicants are first asked to complete a monitoring form which is used to gather information for the ESRC. 

Once submitted you will receive an email containing a direct link to the application form and a code which is to be inserted in question one. 

The application form will ask you to describe in up to 250 words why you would like to apply for a placement and what you hope to gain. There is also an option to submit a one-minute video that illustrates the type of social justice that you might be interested in exploring during the placement.   

DEADLINE: Friday 05 May 2023, 5pm  

BENEFITS: Participants will experience the thrill of research, and this might inspire them to do more… for example, explore the possibility of applying for a Research Degree once they have completed their UG degree. 

Queries about the operation of the scheme at the LSE that are not covered in the above guidance should be sent to with the subject ‘ESRC Summer REP Scheme Query 2023’.