IFS PhD Studentships

IFS has been allocated a number of associated studentship awards via the ESRC Institute for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy. Students work for their PhD at their university in conjunction with their supervisor, but are partially based at the IFS, sitting with a research team whose work programme has synergies with the student’s area of interest.

Eligibility criteria

Students must meet all the following eligibility criteria to be considered for the scheme.

  • Students must be registered on or have been accepted onto an accredited pathway within either the SeNSS or UBEL DTP and have the support of their university to undertake their PhD whilst partially based at IFS.
  • Students must be on a pathway eligible for ESRC funding. The Studentships are intended to fund the whole or the majority of the duration of a PhD. This includes 1+3 and +3 pathways.
  • Students with other funding sources may not be eligible for part or all of this award.
  • The student’s supervisor (or equivalent) must support their application and be willing to continue supervising them while they are at IFS.


Funding to cover stipend, fees and any other allowances will be issued by the ESRC, as additional funding, to the relevant Doctoral Training Partnership’s (DTP) or Centre for Doctoral Training’s (CDT’s) doctoral training grant.

Students will be expected to abide by IFS policies: for example, regarding data access and equality, diversity and inclusion.


Applications open: 22 November 2021

Application deadline: 21 January 2022

Outcomes communicated: 31 March 2021

How to apply

Candidates should discuss the scheme with their supervisor and university department to gain their approval to participate. Please read the document setting out eligibility criteria and how to apply. We recommend sharing the guidance note for universities with your department.

Candidates apply directly to IFS via email to jobs@ifs.org.uk, including the following documents. 

  • A covering letter setting out why you are interested in applying to IFS and what you hope to get out of your time here; please refer to the assessment criteria outlined above. Please also let us know if there are any individual circumstances you would like us to take into account, such as a disability.
  • An outline of your research.
  • Details of two academic referees (who will be invited to submit a reference).
  • Information about:
    • Which university you are registered with or have been accepted to for your PhD;
    • Which DTP you are or will be registered with;
    • Details of any other funding you are receiving or expect to receive during the course of your PhD.

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