ESRC Research Studentships - Demography Pathway

ESRC Research Studentships - Demography Pathway

Project description

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a member of UBEL, the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). This is an ESRC-funded organisation which brings together five leading Social Science institutions in London to offer PhD studentships each year.

LSHTM is one of the UK’s leading centres for research in demography and population studies and hosts a highly interdisciplinary and internationally renowned group of researchers working on a range of population issues in both low- and high-income contexts.

Please note that applicants who have research proposals that are suitable under any of the 26 pathways can apply via the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) if their supervisor is based at the School.

Research Projects

These scholarships are offered in both Demography and Reproductive and Sexual Health training routes. We welcome any topic from candidates in the fields of demography or reproductive and sexual health. We recommend potential applicants first contact potential supervisors: the websites of the Population Studies Group and MARCH (Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health) list staff members at the School with appropriate research interests who may be potential supervisors.

Examples of previous ESRC-funded PhD topics.

Award details

The main variants of the awards are 1+3 (for applicants who do not have a relevant Masters), or +3 (for students who already have a Masters).  Please note, it is possible that this award can be for 3, 3.25 or 3.5 years.  LSHTM is not able to offer the +4 route on any of the pathways.

Please refer to the UBEL ESRC DTP website and the Preliminary Application Guidance for full details.

The deadline to submit a preliminary application is 23:59 on Monday 10th January 2022.


2022-23 UKRI Studentships are open to all applicants (both 'Home' and 'Overseas' fee status), with doctoral training programmes able to offer up to 30% of total awards available to international applicants. International applicants will be expected to top up the studentship award with an alternative scholarship or bursary. Awardees may not use family/personal funds or their ESRC stipend to cover the top up. 

Applicants who do not already have a master's in a relevant subject area can apply for the 1+3 route.