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The US Centre PhD Summer Research Grants

The US Centre would like to invite applications from LSE PhD students for the US Centre Summer Research Grants for the 2020-21 academic year.

"The Summer Research Grant programme is a wonderful opportunity for young researchers to develop grant work experience"

Ariel Perkins - 2018-19 Grant Recipient

Our summer research grants aim to encourage innovative research on the United States and to support students pursuing postgraduate research on topics related to the Centre’s overall mission of promoting internationally-oriented scholarship on America’s changing role in the world. The Summer Grant scheme is open to all LSE PhD students who are conducting US-related research, however, research proposals should fall under one of the US Centre’s core research themes. The 2020-21 academic year will be the third year for the Summer Grant scheme.   

The grants will provide support to the development of early career scholars at the LSE while also aiming to help with research activities including data collection, field work, and designing and implementing a survey. The grants are not intended for language study or purchasing equipment. The award will be for one year and will be £2500. £1500 of the grant will be given up front and the further £1000 when the report is submitted.  

To apply for a PhD Summer Grant, please fill the online form by Monday 10th May 2021. Please note that applicants are required to attach their CV and a letter of support from their thesis supervisor to the application.   

Read the donor report of the successes of the 2018-19 programme. For more information on the previous year's research projects click here.


Research Projects 2019-20: 

1. Parklet City: Governing American Public Space (Frida Timan, Department of Geography and Environment)

2. Negative partisanship in multi-party systems (Katharina Lawall, Department of Government)

3. Henry L. Stimson, American Grand Strategy, and the Second World War, 1940-1945 (Grant Golub, Department of International History)

4. The Reengineering of the Post BW Global Monetary Order (Aisenour Bitsen, Department of International Relations)

5. Cold Refuge: Honduran refugee camps and Central America's global Cold War (Fionntan O'Hara, Department of International History)