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Economic & Social Research Council Studentships

The KISS DTC has now been replaced with the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS-DTP), made up of KCL, Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College.  LISS-DTP will now award ESRC-funded postgraduate research studentships to support doctoral research and training in the social sciences across this partnership. These are available for three or four years full-time, either as a three year PhD (‘+3’) or as a one-year Masters followed by PhD (‘1+3’).  Therefore, a masters degree is not a prerequisite for applying for a LISS-DTP studentship.  A range of training programmes are available based on an assessment of the applicant’s prior learning and training needs and each LISS-DTP Thematic Pathway has a variety of Masters programmes associated with it.  Please see the LISS DTP website for details on the Thematic Pathways for more information.

Part-time studentships are also possible at pro-rata rates.

ESRC Open Competition Studentships

The Open Competition enables students to propose their own research project for funding.  The Open Competition opens each November with an application deadline at the end of January.  The next deadline is the 29th January 2021.  Applicants are notified in April about whether or not they have been awarded a studentship  commencing in October. Studentships are offered as either +3 (PhD only) or 1+3 (Masters and PhD).  You will need to identify a supervisor who will write a supporting statement for your application. 

Visit our studentships page or our dedicated LISS-DTP website for more information.

Please send general enquiries to: liss-dtp@kcl.ac.uk 

ESRC CASE Competition Collaborative Studentships

LISS DTP’s CASE Collaborative studentship competitions promote partnerships between social scientists at King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College and end-user organisations (public or private or third sector ‘partner institutions’).  A collaborative studentship (referred to as a CASE studentship) is one in which the student enhances their training by working closely with the non-academic partner in the development of their research project. They are a great way to initiate longer-term partnerships and to ensure the ‘impact’ of doctoral research.

It is important to note that it is academic faculty who initially apply for collaborative studentships, as potential supervisors. If successful they may award the studentship either to a named student or through an agreed recruitment process.  The studentship can involve any public or private or third sector partner institution. The involvement of the partner institution should add value to the studentship (e.g. distinctive opportunities for analysis, dissemination, research management, networking and/or knowledge transfer). The PhD project should also enhance the partner institution’s activities by offering the potential for societal or economic impact. 

For more information, please visit the studentships page on the LISS-DTP website

Please send general enquiries to: liss-dtp@kcl.ac.uk 


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