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Grants for PhD Students


  1. STICERD research grants
  2. Michio Morishima student support

1. STICERD research grants

General Information

  1. Only PhD students whose supervisor is affiliated to one of STICERD's research programmes can apply for their own research. This requires their supervisor to nominate them and each supervisor is allowed to nominate one student per year

  2. Applications for funding are considered up to a maximum of £5,000.

  3. Applications are considered on both the intrinsic merit of the proposed research and the value for money that the proposal represents. Applicants are requested to explain clearly what the objectives are, what methods will be used and why the research is novel. Applications that do not contain this information are unlikely to be approved. Applications that do not make clear why large budget items (such as overseas trips) are essential to the research may be rejected or be awarded only reduced funding.
Applications will be considered twice a year at the Lent and Summer term meetings of the Steering Committee.

Please note that STICERD requires successful applicants to comply with the LSE's Research Ethics Policy. Submitting a copy of the self-certification or ethical approval to STICERD is required previous to the disbursement of any funds. Please read information on the LSE's Research Ethics Policy, available online

The deadline for the next round of applications is 10 February 2021.

Please return completed application forms to:
Kalliopi Vacharopoulou, via email.

Download the application form:

2. Michio Morishima student support

The Michio Morishima Fund has been set up to provide small grants to research students in any of STICERD's research programmes.

Grants of up to £700 to cover research expenses can be awarded. Students should apply to either STICERD's Director (Tim Besley) or Deputy Director (Tania Burchardt) indicating to which research group they belong and setting out the precise requirement for funding.

These grants can cover a contribution to travel and subsistence costs for conference/workshop attendance; equipment and other research expenses. Payments will only be made against submitted receipts.

Students can only obtain up to £700 throughout the course of their studies.