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LSE PhD Studentships

It was a huge honour to receive funding from such a prestigious institution

For 2024 entry, LSE will be offering studentships to new PhD students, in 2023 this was 88, in the form of LSE PhD Studentships, LSE DTP  ESRC Studentships  and London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP)  Studentships.

The awards are open to high calibre students of all nationalities studying across all research areas at the School.


LSE PhD Studentships are tenable for four years and cover full fees and an annual stipend, which for 2024 entry is £21,237. They are available for UK and international students undertaking research in any LSE discipline, with annual renewal subject to satisfactory academic performance.

These awards will be made solely on the basis of outstanding academic merit and research potential. This relates both to your past academic record and to an assessment of your likely aptitude to complete a PhD in your chosen topic in the time allocated.

How to apply

Academic departments nominate students for consideration by a School panel for all PhD funding opportunities they may be eligible for. There is no separate application for any of these studentships.

To be considered for this funding, you must submit your complete application for admission to LSE by a specific date. This date differs by academic department. Refer to the individual programme page for the relevant deadline information.  Find your graduate programme .

  • deadline for the research programme in the Law School for 2024 entry: 1 December 2023
  • deadline for the research programme in the Department of Economics for 2024 entry (including PhD Studentships and ESRC funding: 14 December 2023
  • funding deadline for first round of PhD Studentships and for ESRC funding for 2024 entry: 15 January 2024
  • London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) PhD Scholarships  deadline: 26 January 2024, 17:00 GMT
  • funding deadline for second round of PhD Studentships deadline for 2024 entry (some departments only): 25 April 2024

Find out about ESRC Studentships .

More information on how to apply for a place on a PhD programme .

Student stories


"I received an LSE PhD Studentship, which covers both my tuition and living expenses. It was a huge honour to receive funding from such a prestigious institution and without this support it would have been impossible for me to pursue my PhD."

Katherine Furman East London, South Africa MPhil/PhD Philosophy LSE PhD Studentship


ESRC Studentships Scholarships for PhD study and master's linked to a PhD


How to apply The application process, UCAS and when to apply


Undergraduate fees and funding Details on available scholarships, bursaries, loans and tuition fees


Graduate fees and funding Details on available scholarships, bursaries, loans and tuition fees


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UCL Scholarships and funding

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Funding for students on postgraduate research courses

There are loans and financial awards available to help pay for fees and living costs while your studying for your research degree.

Current scholarship spotlight

This guidance is for students studying for an MPhil, PhD or Doctorate at UCL and includes:

  • How much does a PhD cost?
  • UCL studentships and scholarships
  • Charities and trusts
  • Government loans

Funding for disabled students

Other sources of funding.

  • Current PhD Students

How much does a postgraduate research degree cost?

When calculating the cost of a postgraduate research degree there are two elements to consider - tuition fees and living costs.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees will vary from programme to programme and depend on your fee classification . Check the  Graduate Prospectus  for information on what your fees may be for any particular programme.

Living costs

The amount spent on living costs may vary greatly from student to student and depend on lifestyle and individual circumstances. Information on the cost of study can be found on  UCL's cost of study page .

UCL Studentships and Scholarships

Uk research and innovation (ukri) studentships.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are responsible for investing public money in research in the UK. UCL departments apply to specific Research Councils for funding and then nominate the students they believe should receive the awards.

Research Council studentships are open to UK and overseas residents. International students may also apply to a limited number of studentships with 'open eligibility'. This funding will usually pay your PhD fees and may also provide a stipend for living costs, depending on eligibility.

To apply for Research Council funding,   contact your UCL department directly   and they will confirm their application process.

For further information on eligibility and value, you can check the individual Research Councils' websites: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Medical Research Council (MRC) Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

UCL Studentships

Individual academic departments may offer their own awards (wholly funded by them or jointly funded with an industrial sponsor). You can do a search of the UCL studentships that are currently available by using the   UCL PhD Opportunties Search.

UCL's Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs)   also provide research positions funded by the Research Councils.

You are also advised to check directly with your admitting department for the most up to date funding information.

If you receive a UCL studentship and have questions about how it is paid,   please read this page of information about your studentship .

UCL Scholarships

UCL also administers a range of scholarships for research students from the UK and overseas.   Use the scholarship finder to see what might be available .

Charities and Trusts

Some large research charities have substantial budgets for scholarships and grants.

Eligibility requirements for some of the major research charities are available through the links below:

  • Leverhulme Trust
  • Wellcome Trust

Many other smaller organisations provide funding to PhD students.   Turn 2 Us Grants Search   database contains information on over 3,000 charitable funds offering welfare and educational grants, as well as other support and services.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online   is a portal for alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject or nationality.  UCL has purchased a licence to the Guide so it’s free for all students and staff to use. If you are a prospective student who has applied to the university, please   contact the Student Funding team  to access the PIN.

Lists of charitable grants and awards are kept in the following directories which are held in UCL libraries - see references below:

Charities Digest: Selected charities & voluntary organisations

  • 1x Main Library - Reference R 20 CHA
  • 1x IOE Library - Reference Collection, Level 4, RF3 HEW CHA

Directory of Grant Making Trusts 

  • 2x Main Library - Reference R 20 DIR
  • 1x IOE Library - Reference Collection, Level 4, RF3 HEW DIR

Grants Register

  • 1x Main Library - Ref Collection M, Reference R 20 GRA
  • 1x School of Pharmacy Library - Reference Shelves, Pharmacy 378.3 GRA

Guide to Educational Grants

  • 1x Main Library - Reference R 20 GUI
  • 1x IOE Library -  Reference Collection, Level 4, RF3 EDU

Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need

Government Loans

Some governments provide loans or finanical support to students at PhD level, so it is worth checking with your home government whether there is any support available.

Below are the governmental loans that the UCL funding team help to administer. 

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan from Student Finance 

Some students may be eligible for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan from Student Finance. This loan acts as a contribution towards the cost of study. It is unlikely that it will cover the cost of both tuition fees and maintenance. Students can borrow up to £28,673 (2023/24 figure) for their whole course.


Information on the loan including full eligibility details can be found on the Student Finance Doctoral Loan  website.

Please note that you must be doing a full standalone doctoral degree to be eligible for the loan. You will not be eligible for the loan if you are studying on a modular/flexible mode of attendance, or if you enter the second or third year of a doctoral course using prior attainment from previous study towards your doctoral degree under UCL's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme .

How your Postgraduate Doctoral Loan might affect your benefits

If you receive means-tested benefits, 30% of the maximum Postgraduate Doctoral Loan that is available in a single academic year is treated by the Department for Work and Pensions as being for living costs and hence will be considered income when assessing any benefit award. For benefit purposes, you will be treated as having this amount, regardless of whether you actually take up the loan. 

Interest and Repayment

You’ll be charged interest from the day you get the first payment until your loan is repaid in full or cancelled. 

Find out more about interest and repayment of Student Finance loans on the  Student Finance repayment website .

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Sharia-compliant loans

The government has been looking into the possibility of an alternative  Sharia-compliant funding system  which would be available alongside traditional student loans. However, at present, this system is not yet in place.

UCL participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Direct Loans). This is the main U.S. Federal funding available to American students in the UK. 

The processing of loans at schools outside the US is different from the process when applying to a school inside the US. Students applying to Direct Loans for study at UCL should follow the instructions carefully as we will not be able to administer your loan unless you submit that application to the Student Funding Office as outlined in the guidance.

Find out more about US Loans

Canadian Loans

Students from Canada may be able to apply for Canada Student Loans and provincial or territorial student assistance. 

Find out more about Canadian Loans

Postgraduate research students who have a disability, mental health problem or specific learning difficulty and are being funded by one of the seven UK Research Councils can apply for Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) to help with additional study-related requirements.

You should contact the Disability Adviser or named contact on disability matters at your Research Council for advice.

The UK Research and Innovation DSA Framework names the DSA contacts at each of the UK Research Councils .

If you have a disability, mental health problem, or specific learning difficulty and are   not   being funding by a UK Research Council, you may still be able to access some funding for additional study-related costs from   Student Support and Wellbeing .

Disabled students who are not awarded a Disabled Students’ Allowance may also be eligible for a  Student Health Association Bursary . 

As a student, it is unlikely you will be able to claim benefits unless you have a disability or have children.

The charity  Turn2Us  have guides on what benefits students may be eligible for. 

If you are experiencing problems with your benefits, contact the Student Union Advice Service .

Council tax

Full-time students do not need to pay for council tax

From time to time external organisations contact the UCL Funding team with funding opportunities. We place these on an online Hootboard notice board . UCL does not administer or take responsibility for any of these schemes. If you are unable to access the Hootboard when logged in to a Hootboard account, please sign out and refresh the page.

Some students choose to apply for personal loans provided by private finance companies. UCL is not affiliated with or able to endorse any private loan providers. 

The UCL Doctoral School list some scholarship and funding opportunities on their website.

Online aggregators like   Postgraduate Studentships ,   Scholarship Search   and   Postgraduate Funding   list schemes.

Find a PhD has a comprehensive   guide on funding a PhD

Find out more about external funding options

Current PhD students

There are a number of   sources of financial support   for PhD students who are currently enrolled at UCL.

The Doctoral School Fellowship

The   Doctoral School Fellowship   is for current research students who, due to unforeseen circumstances, have their funding interrupted or completely withdrawn.

To qualify candidates must be progressing well academically and demonstrate that without financial assistance they would not be able to complete their studies.

The Financial Assistance Fund

The   Financial Assistance Fund   is for UCL students who fall into unexpected financial hardship. 

Short term loans

Limited cash loans of up to £250   are available to students who have experienced a delay in their normal funding being paid.

External grants and funding

Some charities and organisations give financial support to current students studying particular subjects or in particular circumstances.

One of these is the  Funds for Women Graduates   who have a range of grants to help female PhD students with living costs.

Reduce costs and increase income

If you are struggling to cover the costs of study, you can   look at ways to reduce your costs and increase your income .

As a postgraduate student, you have the opportunity to become a   Student Residence Adviser   and eliminate your accommodation costs completely by living in UCL halls. In exchange, you work in a team supporting the undergraduates who live in halls, dealing with pastoral and disciplinary issues.

Student Residence Advisor positions are advertised on the   UCL Jobs site   in May each year.

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PhD funding and financial support

Birkbeck is a research-intensive university, and we offer a range of competitively awarded PhD studentships funded by support from  UK Research and Innovation , charities, government and external partners.

Find out below about current studentship opportunities, and other funding options such as doctoral loans and our flexible payment scheme.


Find out what studentships are, the funding they provide and other information about them.

Faculty of Business and law

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Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) CHASE funding

Funded by the AHRC, the CHASE consortium offers funding to MPhil/PhD research students in law at Birkbeck.

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Bonnart Trust PhD Scholarship

The Bonnart Trust Scholarship offers funding for MPhil/PhD research into diversity and belonging or minorities and social justice.

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Conference and research expenses funding

Birkbeck Law School offers funding for additional research expenses, such as for attending conferences and travel.

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Diversity100 PhD studentships

Find out about Birkbeck's Diversity100 PhD studentships, for BAME applicants with home fee status.

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Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) UBEL funding

Funded by the ESRC, the UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership offers funding to MPhil/PhD research students in economics at Birkbeck.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Aaron Sims PhD Scholarship

The Aaron Sims Scholarship covers the the full- or part-time, home or EU enrolment fee for Cultures and Languages PhD Students.

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AHRC CDP Grant: Re-evaluating the Status of Prints at the British Library

This fully funded Collaborative Doctoral Studentship is open to both home and international applicants with a master's-level qualification in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience in a professional setting.

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Funded by the AHRC, the CHASE consortium offers funding to MPhil/PhD research students in arts and humanities at Birkbeck.

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Bloomsbury College Studentship

The studentship involves conducting qualitative research into culturally appropriate food provision in Wandsworth as part of the Council’s planned Food Strategy.

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Boughton PhD Scholarship

A studentship in the field of history, made possible by a generous legacy donation from Margery Boughton, alumna of the College.

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Conference and expenses funding

The School of Arts provides funding to enable current MPhil/PhD students to undertake a range of activities related to their study and research.

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Find out about Birkbeck's Diversity100 PhD studentships, for BAME applicants with home fees status.

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Murray Studentship in European Art or Architecture

Details of funding and how to apply for the Murray Bequest supporting research in European Art or Architecture in the Middle Ages and Renaissance by outstanding candidates.

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Olga Turner Scholarship

This one-off bursary is awarded to part-time postgraduate students of Spanish Language/Culture.

FAculty OF Science

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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) LIDo funding

Funded by the BBSRC, the LIDo Doctoral Training Programme offers funding to MPhil/PhD research students in biology at Birkbeck.

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Funded by the ESRC, the UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership offers funding to MPhil/PhD research in health and in psychology at Birkbeck.

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Medical Research Council (MRC) funding

Funded by the MRC, the UCL-Birkbeck Doctoral Training Partnership offers funding to MPhil/PhD research students in biology and psychology at Birkbeck.

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Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funding

Funded by the NERC, the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership offers funding to MPhil/PhD research students in natural sciences at Birkbeck.


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UK Government doctoral loans

MPhil/PhD research students can borrow up to £25,000 to cover the costs of studying.

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Flexible payment options

If you are self-financing, you can pay for your degree in monthly instalments by direct debit at no extra cost. Enrol early and you can spread your payments across more instalments.

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International scholarships

Find out about international scholarships for MPhil/PhD research, including Commonwealth Scholarships and other opportunities for overseas students.

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Birkbeck bursaries for current students

Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and corporate partners, Birkbeck is able to offer some bursaries to current students.

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Birkbeck hardship fund

The Birkbeck Hardship Fund is available to students who experience an unexpected change in circumstances while studying.

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Funding a PhD

A PhD is a significant investment, but it is one that brings an invaluable personal experience and a wealth of professional opportunities upon your graduation.

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PhD programmes typically take 3-4 years if you are studying full-time and 6-7 years if you are studying part-time. Some of our students self-fund their tuition and living costs and  this page outlines the tuition fees for each research programme. For Home students , the tuition fee is the same across all courses and all universities in the UK. For 2022 entry this is set at £4,596 per year for full-time students. 

If you are not able to self-fund your studies, there are a range of different sources of funding available for PhD students at Queen Mary – in fact, we offer over 100 fully or partially funded studentships each year. These include:

  • Postgraduate Research Studentships  (including our BAME studentships ) 
  • Doctoral Training Studentships
  • Other sources (such as charities and industry) .

Planning your funding is an important element of the application process and we recommend that you begin to explore your funding options as early as possible.

Tuition fees and loans

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Queen Mary's tuition fees vary depending on whether you are from the UK or EU, or are coming to study in the UK from further afield. Please click the above link for full PhD tuition fee details.

The UK government introduced loans of up to £25,000 for English-resident UK nationals from 2018 onwards. Read more about the loans here . 

What are the PhD funding deadlines?

It is important to be aware that different funding bodies and organisations all have different deadlines: the majority of these will be between November and February prior to the commencement of your PhD project in September. The majority of Queen Mary funded studentships close for applications in January each year.

Other funding opportunities do come up throughout the year, so please be sure to keep checking departmental PhD funding pages and  where all opportunities are advertised.

Where can I find out more detailed information?

Our Advice and Counselling Service have produced a detailed online funding guide for postgraduate students. This guide includes everything you need to know about money when applying for and planning your postgraduate studies.

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