How to apply

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) sets out residency requirements for the award of DTP studentships. See details on eligibility for an ESRC studentship.

If you are eligible and want to apply for an ESRC DTP studentship at LSE you only need to apply for a place at LSE; there is no separate application process for LSE’s ESRC DTP studentships. See details on applying for a place at LSE.

All students interested in being put forward for an ESRC DTP studentship at LSE must contact the academic department in which they want to be based in the first instance, to express their interest in being considered for an ESRC award. For contact details and links to relevant web pages for LSE’s academic departments see academic departments and contacts.

The process of awarding the studentships will involve the academic departments responsible, and a central panel of academic staff. Each department will nominate offer holders for studentships to the selection panel on the basis of academic merit and research potential. The panel will make the final selection.


Applicants wishing to be considered for LSE ESRC DTP studentships should ensure they have submitted a complete application for admission to LSE, including transcripts and references. The date for ESRC 2018/9 applications was 8 January 2018. This deadline is also subject to local deadlines which may have been set by individual academic departments. For example the Department of Economics require receipt of a full application for admission by 13 December 2017.

If you wish to be considered for an ESRC 1+3 or 2+2 programme (i.e. MRes/PhD or MSc (Research)/PhD) you must include with your application an outline research proposal. This proposal should be a brief description of the research topic you are considering pursuing during your PhD and should explain why you are interested in this area of research.

As your research interests will develop over the year of your master's training your proposal need only be indicative. Applications for MSc (Research) programmes received without this outline research proposal will not be considered for LSE ESRC DTP studentships.