CASE Studentships: Projects and Applications

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LISS DTP’s Collaborative (CASE) Studentship competitions promote partnerships between social scientists at King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College and end-user, non-academic organisations (public or private or third sector ‘partner institutions’).

A CASE studentship is a PhD studentship 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. These studentships will cover tuition fees plus a stipend. There will also be opportunities to apply for additional funding in aid of the student’s training development and research activity. There are a mix of +3 (PhD only) and 1+3 (master’s + PhD) opportunities, which represent some of the broad range of interdisciplinary social research themes being investigated by LISS DTP staff and students.

The CASE competition will run on a yearly basis for the duration of LISS DTP, with initial calls for proposals from academics within the LISS DTP partnership launching in September and closing in November. Successful projects to be funded will then recruit students, if a named student is not already linked to a project, from December through to March.


Students applying for CASE studentships must meet the ESRC eligibility guidelines in terms of UK/EU residency status and academic qualifications, specifically core social science research methods training that must already have been undertaken (for +3 awards) or will be undertaken at master’s level (for 1+3 awards).

Below are details of the CASE studentships that LISS DTP has funded to date. Our CASE studentships to start October 2019 are now recruiting students.

Please contact academic leads directly to find out more particular details about individual projects. LISS DTP (liss-dtp@kcl.ac.uk) can answer any general questions regarding the application process, core methods training requirements etc.

To be accepted, all CASE studentship applications must include:

  • Completed ESRC LISS DTP Collaborative (CASE) Application Form
  • Copy of your CV
  • 2 academic references, or 1 academic and 1 professional reference (these should be sent directly to liss-dtp@kcl.ac.uk by your referees)
  • Copies of transcripts for all relevant degrees
  • These materials should be sent both to liss-dtp@kcl.ac.uk and the project academic lead by the deadline.

Source: London Interdisciplinary Social Science-Doctoral Training Partnership


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