LISS DTP Monthly Newsletters

November 2022


Training Opportunities and Events

New Internship opportunities

Other Opportunities

LISS DTP Phase 3 COVID Extensions

Student Profiles

LISS DTP Funding competitions

LISS DTP Updates

LISS DTP Winter Gathering


  1. Training opportunities and events

Festival of Social Science 

We are pleased to highlight the 2022 ESRC Festival of Social Science, which runs from Saturday 22 October to Sunday 13 November 2022. There are over 200 events to choose from, in a mixture of online, in-person and hybrid formats, led by 34 higher education institutions across the UK. The Festival is an annual celebration of research and knowledge about humans and society and is ESRC’s flagship public engagement initiative. 

A key theme as part of the 2022 Festival is ‘my local area’. These events celebrate social science research that relates to the areas in which our partner institutions are based, from their social and economic history to their dialect, political landscape and high streets. However, there will also be events on a huge range of other topics relating to social science – from health and wellbeing to crime, equality, education, and identity. 

The full range of events is on the Festival website. For most events you can book a place in advance online, and all are free to attend.

Introduction to the UK’s linked administrative data resources workshop 

This workshop will introduce delegates to the wealth of linked administrative datasets that are available for researchers to access through ADR UK’s partner trusted research environments.  Participants will learn about the datasets themselves, how to access them, and what other resources are available to support their use, including funding.  It will showcase opportunities for cross-cutting research using these linked datasets, including a case study from a researcher to illustrate the research potential of this kind of data.   

This training event will take place on November 24th between 13:00 and 14:30pm. Click here for more information and how to register.

Student Mental Health National Conference

This conference taking place on November 9th will feature some of the leading authorities on student matters and will look to establish the extent of the problem, discuss some of the causes, identify risk and seek potential solutions.

The programme incorporates key presentations from speakers with both personal and professional experience, allocated time for questions and discussion, interactive engagement, and casual networking.

Gain an understanding of how transitioning through the education system can trigger mental health problems

Click here to register and book your ticket

Festival of Disruptive Thinking 2022

The ‘Festival of Disruptive Thinking’ is a week-long series of online events (21st – 25th November) showcasing and celebrating the disruptive thinking happening in and around King’s. 

From healthcare and medicine, to law, artificial intelligence, mental health, engineering, public policy and international development, our King’s community actively challenge the status quo to create better and bolder solutions in any field.

Find out more here.

“What Matters Is Not to Know The World, But to Change It”

A one-day workshop for individuals from racialised communities to learn and develop practical skills for applying to PhD studentships.

The BiPP Network, LISS DTP and Queen Mary University University of London have partnered to offer individuals from racialised communities the opportunity to learn and acquire practical skills for applying to PhD studentships in psychiatry and psychology. Facilitated by academic reviewers for studentships and ESRC (LISS DTP) funded PhD candidates.

For more information and how to reserve a sport, please see here.

We receive details of multiple events and opportunities throughout each month, no need to wait for our newsletter, we will keep our ‘Training Events’ Calendar up to date – check it our regularly not to miss out!


2.  NEW Internship opportunities 

The Royal Institution

There are four exciting opportunities to join the Royal institution for a three-month PhD internship to gain experience of science communication and engagement.

These placements would be ideal for anyone interested in science education, education outreach, working with young people, and science communication.

Closing date: 9.00am on Tuesday 8 November 2022. More information including how to apply can be found here: Science Engagement Interns – four internships | Royal Institution (

Institute for Fiscal Studies

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 Enrichment scheme offers placements of up to 12 months at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London to students undertaking a PhD.

The application deadline is 22 January 2023, for more information and how to apply please visit Enrichment placements – Institute for Fiscal Studies – Applied (

The institute for fiscal studies are recruiting for postdoctoral researchers: Working as part of one of their research teams, the fellowships can last for between one and three years: they may lead to a permanent research position at IFS; alternatively, they will support the researcher if they wish to go on the job market for a university position. A couple of positions have ESRC funding only available to students at UK DTPs.

We add details of internship opportunities on our external and internal internship webpages check it our regularly not to miss out!


3. Other opportunities

IIASA – Young Scientists Summer Programme 2023 – Opportunity for ESRC Students 

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an international research institute based near Vienna, Austria. It runs an annual Young Scientists Summer Programme for PhD students to spend three months at the institute to undertake a research project related to the work they’re doing. For 2023, this will be from 1 June to 31 August. 

More information can be found on their website: Application information | IIASA. There are several research groups at IIASA which strongly align with ESRC interests, for example, the Economics of Equal Life Chances group or Migration and Sustainable Development group to mention a couple. 

Students are not expected to do this unfunded, but should be aware that there is no separate additional budget from ESRC to participate in this program. Any student who might be interested should discuss this further with their DTP. IIASA estimates it costs about 5,500 EUR to cover expenses for the three-month duration. 

The 2023 programme is now open for applications and the closing date is 12 January 2023.  

Engagement with Future Data Services 

 ESRC’s Data & Infrastructure Team is currently undertaking a programme of work to make a long-term strategic decision about how to invest in ESRC’s data services infrastructure from 2024 onwards. The Future Data Services (FDS) programme is now in the stakeholder engagement phase, where the team is gathering the views and experiences of the social science community to help inform its vision.  

The team is running a survey which aims to capture the experiences of users of social science data (record-level data, such as survey response data, administrative records, mobile phone data, interview transcripts, etc), particularly but not exclusively using ESRC funded data services (UK Data Service, Urban Big Data Centre, Consumer Data Research Centre, etc.).  

A series of workshops is also being held on Zoom and interested attendees are welcome to book and join. All of the workshop dates and topics can be found on the webpage here: Future data services – UKRI 

Please direct any questions to 

UKRI funding opportunity for PhD graduates interested in innovation for quality of later life 


4.  LISS DTP Phase 3 COVID Extensions for students with end of funding dates between 01/04/2023 – 30/09/2023 

For full details and how to apply see: 

LISS DTP STUDENT – complete the online application form by 17:00 on 11 January 2023.   

LISS DTP STUDENT – submit a revised plan (one-sided page) for completing your thesis to by 17:00 on 11 January 2023. 

SUPERVISOR – complete the Supervisor Statement form and return it to your PhD supervisee in time for them to submit their application before 17:00 on 11 January 2023.   


  1. Student Profiles

The 2022/23 cohort can still submit a profile through this form: LISS DTP Student Profile Information Form for Website – 2022/23 Cohort – Google Forms this will close on December 22nd. We will have a page on the LISS DTP website dedicated to your research. This profile page should feature a synopsis of your research and a portrait/headshot of you, or other imagery that illustrates your research. Examples can be found here: Our Funded Students – LISS DTP ( 

All students, including continuing students from previous cohorts, will have the opportunity to make updates and additions to your student profile for limited time periods in the future. Please do not email us with profile updates.


  1. LISS DTP Funding Competitions  The LISS DTP Open Competition for October 2023

The application window is open for academic year 2023-24 ESRC Open Competition studentships through the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership, offering full funding for postgraduate study.  The Doctoral Training Partnership is led by King’s, partnered by Imperial College London and Queen Mary University of London.   

Further guidance, can be found on the LISS DTP website at   

The deadline for applications to be received for 2023-24 ESRC/LISS DTP funding is 27 January 2023, 17:00 GMT. The LISS team is on hand at to advise any time ahead of the application deadline, should you have any questions.  

The 2023 ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships competition is open!

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.).

Further details and how to apply here Apply now – LISS DTP (

Application deadline: 16.00 on 23 March 2023.


  1. LISS DTP Updates

LISS Student Achievements

This November we would like to celebrate one of our funded students, Estera Mendelsohn who recently received Future Leaders in Health Services Research award! You can explore her research blog published on the Health Services Research website.

Does the journey change the destination? Exploring unusual patient journeys through the hospital and their impacts | HSR UK

Well done Estera!


  1. LISS DTP Winter Gathering -Save the date!

We are happy to announce that this year’s Winter gathering will take place on Monday December 5th at 18:00 pm at the 8th floor venue at Bush House.

More details including how to register your attendance will be sent out shortly by email, we hope to see you there!


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