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Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships

The Leverhulme Trust has awarded LSE with doctoral scholarships worth £1 million for students to undertake interdisciplinary research on 'the challenge of escalating inequalities'.

How to Apply

Applications for 2017-2018 are now open.

There is no separate application for these awards. The selection of students will be based on their application to study for a PhD at the School. Academic departments are able to nominate a limited number of candidates for consideration for these awards by a School panel.

Please see the notes for applicants (PDF) for further details on the research themes covered by the Leverhulme Scholarships.

When completing your application you should indicate that you wish to be considered for a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship and which of the three themes your proposal addresses.

You will also be considered for other sources of funding unless you indicate that you only wish to be considered for a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship.

Leverhulme Scholarship Holders 2016-2017

Imani G. Strong  is a Leverhulme Trust Scholar in the department of Anthropology, where she is supervised by Laura Bear and Deborah James. Her PhD research is focused on African-American entrepreneurship and affirmative action programs in the United States. She is especially interested in the social and political processes surrounding network and community formation, the role of the state and government intervention on capitalist markets, and racial identity as it relates to class and sociality. Imani holds an MSc in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford, Hertford College and she graduated summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.


Joel Suss is a Leverhulme Trust Scholar based out of the the department of Social Policy and CASE research centre. He will be researching the consequences of economic inequality for individual behaviour and decision-making. Joel graduated from LSE in 2013 with a Master's in Public Administration. Following graduation, he worked at the LSE Public Policy Group as Managing Editor of the school's British Politics and Policy blog. Since September 2015, Joel has been working for the Bank of England.


George Maier  is a Leverhulme Trust Scholar researching the causality of digital inequalities in the contexts of wider systemic inequalities, but also with a focus on government policymaking and problematising the contemporary focus on neoliberal approaches to addressing inequality. George completed an MA in Critical Theory and Political Science at the University of Nottingham, and has previously worked as Director of Media and Communications for The Renewal Trust.

Emma Taylor

Emma Taylor  is a Leverhulme Award doctoral student in the department of Sociology, co-supervised by Mike Savage and Rita Astuti (Anthropology). Her PhD research seeks to investigate how the (re)production of privilege occurs within an independent school setting in England through a specific focus on the concept of confidence. The study will explore how confidence is inculated as well as the ways in which it is articulated and embodied by students. Emma holds a BA in Geography from UCL and a PGCE from the Institute of Education; she has nine years of experience teaching in secondary schools. She also holds a MSc in Anthropology and Development from LSE for which she was awarded a distinction and the Lucy Mair prize for best dissertation.

Selena Gray

Selena Gray is a Leverhulme Award doctoral student in the department of Sociology, supervised by Suki Ali. Her PhD research seeks to investigate how some groups of adolescent girls become vulnerable to victimisation within gangs with a particular focus on street gangs and grooming gangs. Selena holds a BA in Anthropology and Sociology from Goldsmiths, as well as a MSc in Political Sociology from LSE.


Leverhulme Scholarship Holders 2015-2016


Kristina Kolbe is a Leverhulme Award doctoral student in the department of Sociology, supervised by Mike Savage and Fabien Accominotti. In her PhD project, Kristina looks at newly arising forms of cultural expression, production and consumption in contemporary urban spheres in light of an increasing sociocultural diversity. More specifically, her research focuses on emerging forms of cultural capital, aiming to examine the role of diversified settings for processes of cultural and social representation, exploring in particular the reformation of cosmopolitan urban elites. Holding a Master of Science from the LSE in ‘Culture and Society’ and having completed her undergraduate studies in musicology and social sciences at the Humboldt University Berlin, Kristina is especially interested in interdisciplinary approaches to cultural sociology and questions of social inequality.


Fabian Mushövel is a Leverhulme doctoral student at the European Institute, where he is supervised by Paul de Grauwe and Waltraud Schelkle. In his thesis, Fabian analyses how austerity policies affect inequality in Europe. His other research interests include the political economy of the welfare state and the Economic and Monetary Union. Fabian has previously worked as a research assistant and analyst at the European Institute and the Centre for Economic Performance, and as a consultant for Chatham House. He holds an MSc in Political Economy of Europe from LSE and a 1st State Examination from the University of Giessen, Germany.


Nora Ratzmann is a Leverhulme Research Student at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion and the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics. She holds an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the LSE, and an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford. She gained first work experience at the public policy research institute RAND Europe, the International Institute for Educational Planning IIEP-UNESCO and AEGIS Trust Rwanda. Her research examines EU migrants' (in)equalities of access to German social security, with a particular focus on their interactions with the street-level bureaucracy.