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School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

ESRC LISS Doctoral Training Partnership


The Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) funds the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) for PhD study at Queen Mary. This DTP is in partnership with King's College London and Imperial College London.

It provides social science research students with a unique opportunity to join and develop a research community that springs from the interface between the social science disciplines with health and medicine, the natural and physical sciences, engineering, and the arts and humanities.

As a member of this DTP, the School offers studentships for PhD projects in the area of Health, Well-being and Social Inclusion. Applicants are invited to contact academic staff within our School with relevant expertise in their proposed area of research to discuss the possibility of applying for a LISS DTP studentship for a project under their supervision. Proposed research projects must fall under one of the DTP’s 13 thematic pathways.

Eligibility and Applying

This award is fully funded for UK students. Please read the ESRC’s residency requirements for studentships to determine whether you are eligible for an award before you start the application process. If you have been classed as ‘overseas’ or ‘international’ for fees purposes by the institution you are applying for admission to, you will not be eligible. EU students can apply for a LISS DTP studentship on a fees-only basis. LISS DTP may be able to provide stipend funding to successful EU applicants through institutional money, budget dependent.

Applications for the open studentship competition are now open with a deadline of 29th January 2021.

The DTP will be holding two online information sessions for potential applicants in November: