LISS DTP Monthly Newsletters

 January 2023   


  • Spring Training Programme
  • Celebrating Impact Prize 
  • Enrichment placements
  • ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship 
  • Research Methods e-festival 
  • LISS DTP standing items 
  • LISS DTP Achievements
  • LISS DTP Open Forum

Final reminder that the LISS DTP Open Competition application deadline is 27th January 2023 at 17:00 GMT.

For more information, click here.


  1. Spring Training Programme

We are pleased to announce that Two New Courses have been added to our Spring Training Programme

LISS205N Marxist Margins: Primitive Accumulation

LISS375 Transnationalism: The Challenge of Flow of Persons and Ideas

Places are available via SkillsForge, sign up now!


  1. Celebrating Impact Prize 2023

The call for applications for the prestigious ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize is now open.

This is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-supported researchers who have created or enabled outstanding impact.

It celebrates social science researchers at all career stages whose actions have supported changes in practice, thinking or capacity that create a positive impact in our society, economy and in our lives, in the UK and internationally.

The prize is open to current and previous ESRC-supported researchers, including doctoral students. There are 5 competition categories this year:

For more information and how to apply click here


3.  Enrichment placements at the Institute for Fiscal Studies

There is an opportunity for PhD students to take part in enrichment placements at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, from autumn 2023.

The Enrichment scheme offers students currently enrolled on a doctoral programme within the ESRC DTP network the opportunity to join us for up to 12 months at the ESRC Institute for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). Students continue their PhD in conjunction with their current supervisor, while enriching their research and making new collaborations during their time at the Institute.

The award is based on the student spending five days a week at IFS. A contribution to relocation or other expenses may be available for students that require additional support. 

Students will receive a stipend at UKRI level, and fees will be paid to the university.

Annual leave, sickness and other allowances will be handled in accordance with the ESRC rules.

For more information and how to apply click here.


  1. The 2023 ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship competition is open!  

Further details: 

Application deadline: 16.00 on 23 March 2023.  

If you would like to find out more about the ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship competition application process or have any questions please attend our applicant briefing session.  The LISS Postdoctoral Fellowship applicant briefing session will be held online on Monday 16 January 2023, 3-4pm. If you would like to attend this session, please register here. 

LISS DTP invites applications for seven ESRC-funded Post-Doctoral Fellowships (PDFs) to commence from 1st October 2023 to be held at King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, or Imperial College London. These provide an opportunity for those in the immediate postdoctoral stage of their career to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, networks, and research and professional skills. 

Fellowships will provide funding for up to one year full-time, or up to two years part-time to cover the fellow’s salary plus up to £10,000 of additional costs (e.g. travel, conference attendance, training, fieldwork, mentoring time, etc.).   

All Fellows are required to have a mentor based at the research organisation where the fellowship is held. The mentor should have experience and a strong interest in the applicant’s field of research but should not normally have been the applicant’s PhD supervisor. Proposals are welcome from both single disciplines and combinations of disciplines but the fellowship activities must be based at least 50% within the social sciences and must fall under one of LISS DTP’s Thematic Pathways:  

The Call specification, Frequently Asked Questions and Application Form are available on the LISS DTP website:   

You can also find out more about our current and alumni PDFs here: Current Postdoctoral Fellows – LISS DTP (  

If you have any queries, please email:  


5.  Call opens for 2023 Research Methods e-Festival

The call for contributions for the 2023 Research Methods e-Festival is now open.

The online event, on 7-9 November 2023, will be a celebration of research methods with an interdisciplinary focus.

Session proposals can cover any topic related to research methods and be in any format, making the festival an ideal event for discussing new ideas and experimenting with formats.

It is the second time NCRM has held its popular Research Methods Festival online. The first e-festival, in 2021, was highly successful and attracted more than 1,000 attendees.

NCRM welcomes contributions from researchers around the world and across sectors, including government, academia, healthcare and the charity sector.

Read the call for contributions and apply


LISS DTP Standing Items 

International fellowships for doctoral and early career Researchers 

Applications for International Fellowships are now open! LISS DTP funded students are invited to apply for a Fellowship in the Library of Congress, Washington D.C, US. If you are successful, The fellowships last between 2 and 6 months. You will receive £1,000 for travel and visa costs and £1,925 for each month of the fellowship. 

ESRC-funded PhD students are eligible to apply to Library of Congress and as such must be applying to undertake primary research in an ESRC subject area. 

Before applying, you must secure the approval of your UK research organisation and supervisor (for PhD students) or head of department (ECRs and research assistants) to attend the placement in full, should the application be successful. Deferred entry applications are not permitted. 

For more information and how to apply click here.  

SSPP PGR Peer-Support Group (King’s College London) 

Xenia Stieger, a LISS DTP student, is leading  a brand-new peer support group specifically for PGRs in the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy at King’s So far it is being piloted for PGR students  registered at KCL, however they hope to expand – watch this space! 

Click here to reserve your spot at the next session: SSPP PGR Peer-Support Group (King’s College London) Tickets, Wed, Dec 14, 2022 at 7:15 PM | Eventbrite 

If you have any questions please contact


LISS DTP Achievements  

LISS DTP student Lisa Woodland research has been published in Plos One! Below is her summary of the study

‘In our study we found that during the COVID-19 school closures, parents reported adverse behaviour changes in their children, although overall, they reported they were coping well. However, pre-existing social and educational inequalities are at risk of exacerbation, which is a concern. Policies need be implemented to mitigate this risk’

You can read it here!:

LISS DTP Student Toryn Whitehead hosts a podcast called The Green Blob and he recently had LISS DTP student Constance Schéré and another KCL Geography PhD student Laura Kor on to discuss biodiversity targets in the UK:

You can listen here.

Well done Lisa, Constance and Toryn!


  1. LISS DTP Open Forum 25th of January save the date!   

The next LISS DTP Student Open Forum will be on January 25th at 16:00  please register your attendance, and any questions you may have here.

All LISS students are encouraged to attend and calendar invitations will follow registration.

We hope to see you there!  


This newsletter is available on the LISS DTP website at: LISS DTP Monthly Newsletter – LISS-DTP      

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