LISS DTP Monthly Newsletters

August 2021


  1. New LISS DTP Research Assistant Internships – apply now and receive a funding extension of up to 13 weeks
  2. ESRC Policy Fellowship Scheme Call – apply by 14 September
  3. ESRC Annual Report (Activity between 1st October 2020 – 30th September 2021)
  4. UKRI Policy Internships Scheme – apply by 4th October
  5. Additional Qualitative Data Training Available in September 2021 – see courses from KCL’s Centre for Doctoral Studies
  6. Call for Applications: PhD Workshop Series on Current Trends in Terrorism and CT
  7. Apply now to join Leadership in Action training programme in October 2021!
  8. Update from LISS DTP Team – Induction, Training and Annual Leave


  1. New LISS DTP Research Assistant Internships – receive a funding extension of up to 13 weeks

We are pleased to announce that we have confirmed additional Research Assistant Internship opportunities for LISS DTP funded students starting later this summer or in October. Our Research Assistant internship Scheme enable LISS DTP funded students to work as Research Assistants for a period of up to 13 weeks full-time (or part-time equivalent) with an academic based at King’s, Queen Mary or Imperial. Interns will benefit from, for example: working with a larger team of researchers, gaining academic writing practice, training in research methods, networking and dissemination, collaboration with external partners.  Interns continue to receive their usual stipend payment for the duration of the internship and payments are extended by the relevant number of weeks at the end of the original funding end date.

Details of the seven internship projects can be found at If you are interested please get in touch with the person named as Contact.  The Contact is responsible for selecting the student to take up the internship.  If you are selected, the you must then apply for an internship extension via the form at in order to show that you have obtained the agreement of your supervisor and so that the appropriate changes to your funding records can be made.

  1. ESRC Policy Fellowship Scheme Call

The new ESRC Policy Fellowships call includes 25 fellowship opportunities across 10 host organisations including UK and devolved governments. This first call of a new ESRC policy fellowship scheme offers an exciting opportunity to early and mid-career researchers to develop their career and enhance their understanding of applying research in government contexts. Fellows will spend up to 18 months collaborating with their host organisation to co-design research to inform policy on a priority policy area, and to help improve the exchange of knowledge between policy and academic institutions.

Fellowships cover a variety of topics and policy areas. These include COVID recovery, net zero, inequalities and levelling up, crime and justice, health and social care, national security and foreign policy. Some also have a specific methodological or disciplinary focus, such as evaluation and experimentation, data analysis, or behavioural science. All fellowships are open to applications from economic and social science researchers at an eligible UKRI research organisation, with opportunities co-funded with AHRC also open to arts and humanities researchers.

We are holding a series of three webinars on 26, 28 and 29 July 2021 for potential applicants to meet the call partners, hear more about the scope of the fellowships and ask any questions they may have. All webinars will provide an overview of available policy opportunities and key points to note during application and assessment process. Representatives from each of the ten UK and devolved government host departments will also introduce the context, team and policy areas. For more details and to register, please visit: ESRC Policy Fellowships 2021 – Applicant webinar Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

The closing date for applications is 14 September 2021 and further information is available here.

For further information contact

  1. ESRC Annual Report (Activity between 1st October 2020 – 30th September 2021)


Please complete this survey by 18th September:

In line with the grant conditions for the LISS DTP, we are required to submit an annual report to our funder (the ESRC). Among many things, this report will summarise the impact of the DTP Training Grant and will report on the activities of the DTP and its students.  The ESRC is particularly keen to hear about collaborative and international activities. public engagement initiatives and activities which demonstrate the wider impact of the DTP.

We ask that all LISS DTP-funded students provide us with any details relating to activities in these areas which we can then include in our Annual Report to the ESRC.  The information collected via this form will be:

– reported to the ESRC as part of the DTP’s annual reporting requirements, and

– publicised on the DTP website to demonstrate the impact of our funding.

Please note that, except where indicated otherwise,  this survey asks about activities taking place between 1st October 2020 and 30th September 2021. The LISS DTP Team may get in touch with you to collect more details if required.


  1. UKRI Policy Internships Scheme – now open for applications


The UKRI Policy Internships Scheme for 2020/21 is now open and the closing date for applications is 16.00 on 4 October 2021.

The scheme provides the opportunity for doctoral students funded by the Research Councils of UKRI to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations.

Full details of how to apply, including links to the online application form and guidance documents are available through the UK Research & Innovation policy internships webpage.

  1. Additional Qualitative Data Training Available in September 2021 – see courses from KCL’s Centre for Doctoral Studies

Note: Click the links below to view available dates. You will need to log in to Skillsforge.

The first two (PGR) courses are open and relevant to all disciplines that require QDA, whereas the third (HSDTC) course is targeted more specifically at those in the health sciences. All of these courses are open to PGRs and research staff and can be booked by following the links to SkillsForge.

PGR316 Analysing Qualitative Data

This course will consider and discuss a range of issues relative to the micro-analysis of qualitative data. Using example data throughout, issues covered will include the analyst’s perspective (the aims and nature of their engagement with the data), coding systems, how to choose extracts for analysis in a systematic fashion, the meaning and importance of interpretation, generalising from qualitative findings and various write-up issues, including the relationship between the analysis and discussion sections of a qualitative report and the creation of impact.

PGR317 Using NVivo for Qualitative Research

This course will introduce students to the NVivo software package, which is designed to help in the organisation, management and analysis of qualitative data. All the basic functions of NVivo will be covered, including the importation, storage, and organisation of various data sources, the potential for transcription, the creation of cases and nodes, classifications and attributes, and the meanings of these terms will be explained. The process of coding and data analysis will be demonstrated and the use of ‘queries’ explored as a ‘top down’ means of data access. The pros and cons of using software to conduct qualitative research will also be considered.

HSDTC110 Qualitative Data Analysis

This qualitative data analysis course is recommended for researchers who are engaging in qualitative research. Learn transferable data analysis skills and techniques that can be applied to your own research outputs, for example a doctoral thesis or research publications.


  1. Call for Applications: PhD Workshop Series on Current Trends in Terrorism and CT (facilitated by LISS DTP funded student Annamaria Kiss)

The event series represents a unique opportunity for PhD students focusing on internal security across disciplines to meet their peers from other London and nearby universities. Each 1-day workshop will consist of two sessions. During the morning session we will present and discuss our current research. For the second session we will invite an expert (academic or practitioner) to discuss methodological (e.g. challenges of fieldwork in security studies) or policy impact issues (e.g. what is relevant to security practitioners) based on a short lecture and a subsequent open discussion to address participants’ questions and issues.

The topics for the afternoon sessions will be set in advance in consultation with all participants. The workshops will be shaped according to the needs of the selected participants upon consultations. As the project strives to develop a network of security studies (broadly defined) oriented students across all disciplines, the participants will remain the same for all three workshops, making such consultations possible. The event series are made possible with the kind support of The London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS-DTP).

Who can apply: PhD students from UK universities (recommended for those based in London and nearby universities)

Time: first meeting October 2021 and two subsequent meetings for which the exact dates will be set at a later stage

Location: King’s College London (Strand campus) if in-person events are allowed

Travel bursaries: Limited amount of travel bursaries are available for those studying outside London (up to 100 pounds/person)

How to apply: Please send your (1) CV and (2) the abstract of your PhD project (indicating what stage you are at). Please indicate if you are also (3) applying for the travel bursary. The applications should be sent to Ms Annamaria Kiss at

APPLICATION DEADLINE is September 15, 2020

About the initiator of the project: Annamária Kiss is in her second year of PhD studies at King’s Russia Institute, King’s College London. The topic of her PhD project covers Russian foreign fighters and Russian counterterrorism policy. ESRC funded.

  1. Apply now to join Leadership in Action training programme in October 2021!


When: Mon 11, Tue 12, Wed 13, Mon 18, Tue 19, Wed 20, Mon 25, Tue 26, Wed 27 October, 9.30am-12pm

Where: Online (details to be circulated to participants)

How to sign up: Fill out the online form here


Calling all LISS DTP researchers!  Whether your career aspirations are to work in academic research or in a public, private or third sector organisation you’ll need the skills to lead and develop others to achieve goals.

The Centre for Research Staff Development at King’s College London is running their ever-popular Leadership in Action programme in October 2021, and we have secured a number of places for LISS DTP students. This course is usually oversubscribed amongst King’s research staff, so do take advantage of spaces held for LISS DTP students!

What is Leadership in Action about?

Leadership in Action provides you with the opportunity to practise leadership skills. It is action-based with a minimal amount of theoretical input. During the course you undertake different activities in teams of with each participant having the opportunity to lead. The course culminates in an activity that invites you to take your leadership beyond the end of the course and drive forward an initiative.

You will be supported in your learning by experienced coaches who will offer insights into how you operate in a leadership role. You will work with researchers drawn from across the disciplines of King’s. You will also have the opportunity to work closely with a colleague to gain more personal insights and practice your coaching capability, which is an additional leadership skill.

It will also help you:

  • Understand the impact of leadership styles on those being led
  • Influence people towards a common goal/purpose
  • Receive feedback on personal leadership styles and identify how these can be developed further
  • Engage with researchers from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds & career stages.

We have a limited number of spaces on this course, so make sure you sign up ASAP! The deadline for sign-ups is 10am on Friday 3 September. We will run a first come, first served waitlist if applications exceed the number of spaces available. Please find the sign-up link here.

Please make sure your supervisor is aware that you will be attending this course. Please contact (working days Thursday and Friday) with any queries.

  1. Update from LISS DTP Team – Induction, Training and Annual Leave

Induction and training will continue to be hosted online for the forthcoming year. We are encouraging each of the DTP’s 13 Pathways to set up their own introductory meetings this year, to meet at the end of September or in early October. Please follow up with your Pathway representatives if you would like to be involved. We will publish information about confirmed Pathway Meetings in future newsletters.

Registration for autumn term training will open in late September following announcement of available courses.

The LISS DTP Team will be taking some annual leave next week so our responses may be delayed until the week of 6th September. Please be patient with us during this time, we will respond to your query as soon as possible. We hope you are all enjoying a bit of time off this summer as well!

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