ESRC PhD Studentships

The Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) is part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC). We are pleased to announce that the NWDTC studentship competition for a October 2014 start is now open. Studentships based in LEC can be applied for through the:

Development and Humanitarianism Pathway

Geography and Environment Pathway

For further information on potential supervisors, research areas and how to apply please read LEC’s ESRC Guide at


1+3 Scheme provides support for students to undertake a 1 year Master’s programme, followed by a further 3 years of research at doctoral level. Suitable for applicants with a strong undergraduate degree. 

+3 Scheme provides support for up to three years of full-time study, or five years of part-time study, on a PhD programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree. Suitable for applicants with an undergraduate and a Masters degree, the latter having a strong research training profile.

Funding Details

The studentships will provide an annual stipend (£13,863 2014/15 [tax free]), a Research Training Support Grant (£750) and UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years (+3 scheme) or 4 years (1+3 scheme). 

Full studentships are available to UK and EU candidates who have been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period immediately preceding the date of an award. EU candidates who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last 3 years are eligible for “tuition fees-only” awards (no maintenance grant). Unfortunately studentships are not available to non-UK/EU applicants.

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For more information and to submit an application, please use the ‘Apply’ button below.

Deadline for applications: 5.00pm on 20th January 2014. You must email Andy Harrod by the deadline, your Lancaster University application ID, project title and supervisor details and the ESRC NWDTC form, to be considered.

Informal enquires are welcomed and in the first instance please contact Andy Harrod ( 

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