Collaborative (CASE) Studentships- proposals by academics

The deadline for proposals from academics for CASE studentships starting in October 2021 has now passed. 

Successful proposals will start to recruit students in January 2021.

Credit: Lenore Edman

LISS DTP’s Collaborative (CASE) Studentship competitions promote partnerships between social scientists at King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College and non-HEI partner organisations in the public, private or third sector .  CASE studentships enable students to enhance their training by working closely with the non-HEI supervisor in the development of their research project. They are a great way to initiate longer-term partnerships and to ensure the impact of doctoral research.


LISS DTP  ran online briefing sessions for academics preparing project proposals on the 7th October  and on the 14th October .  The presentation can be found here.

The Application Process

The initial project proposal for the studentship must be submitted to LISS DTP by an academic at one of our three institutions and will be judged against other proposals submitted that year to determine whether it receives funding.  The selection Panel meets in early December.   If a project is selected for funding, then its supervisor/proposer proceeds to recruit a student, unless one has already been identified.  The recruitment phase happens between December and March, and then selected students must be approved by LISS DTP to ensure that they meet ESRC eligibility criteria.

While it is recommended that a financial contribution to the studentship be negotiated with the non-academic partner, this is not essential if the value of the partnership can be shown in-kind, for example through student access to partner data, office space, resources and equipment, training, field sites, research subject communities etc.

Academics may be named as the primary supervisor on only one CASE proposal but can be included as a second supervisor on multiple proposals.

The deadline for academics to propose CASE studentship projects (with start dates of October 2021) was 16 November 2020, 23:59 GMT.

Proposals with a nominated student

At the project proposal stage, a particular student can be nominated to work on the project and receive the studentship:  Please refer back to our Studentships page (under Eligibility) for information on who is eligible to be nominated/apply for a LISS DTP studentship.  Should the academic’s proposal gain funding, the student’s qualifications and research training background will be reviewed to ensure that they reach the standards needed to win a studentship on a 1+3 (Masters + PhD) or +3 (PhD only) basis.  You can see the levels of core training the student will need to have attained (or plan to attain in their Master’s or first doctoral year of study) here.  At this point the student should also begin the central admissions process to a Masters or doctoral programme at the institution where their academic supervisor is based.

Proposals without a nominated student

Academics may also choose to submit CASE studentship proposals without a named student:  CASE proposals are judged on the merit of the individual project; not naming a student does not detract from a proposal.  If the project gains funding, the supervisor or proposer is then responsible for recruiting a student.  Projects recruiting students are advertised on the LISS DTP website, but otherwise LISS cannot assist in the recruitment process.  Selected students must be approved by LISS DTP to ensure that they meet ESRC eligibility criteria. 

International students

From October 2021 International students (including EU students) will be eligible for ESRC studentships; however the ESRC will fund only the Home fee which means that the difference between the home and international fee must be found elsewhere: from an institutional, partner or student contribution or an institutional fee waiver.

Links to Proposal Forms