ESRC Summer Research Experience Placements


ESRC Summer Research Experience Placements Scheme 2022 has now closed for applications. We will update this page in March with details of the 2023 application process.

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? 

Are you curious to discover why different forms of inequality exist and persist?

If so, read on!

LSE is offering eight salaried Summer Placements, funded by the ESRC.

Over the course of 6 weeks, the Summer Placements will give participants an opportunity to experience social science research first-hand. They will formulate a question, learn how to choose the right methods to answer it and how to present your findings.

The broad research theme of all the placements will be INEQUALITY. Each participant will have the freedom to define a specific aspect of inequality they want to investigate.

During the Placement, participants will be working in small groups, and they will be supervised by two PhD students. They will also have the opportunity to meet members of LSE faculty and learn about their research.


WHEN: the placements will run from 20 June to 29 July 2022

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

REMUNERATION: participants will be on the LSE payroll for the duration of the placement (35 hours a week for 6 weeks); pay tbc

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 Kingston, Greenwich and Westminster Universities

HOW TO APPLY: Use the online form, which can be found HERE. The 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 INEQUALITY that you might be interested in exploring during the placement. 

DEADLINE: Friday 6 May, 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