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Fully-funded PhD Opportunities on Greece or Cyprus at the London School of Economics

Calling on all passionate about delving into the realms of economics, geography, political economy, international relations, foreign policy, or security studies in the context of Greece or Cyprus? The Hellenic Observatory, in collaboration with Prof Vassilis Monastiriotis, invites enthusiastic candidates to express their interest in pursuing doctoral studies at the London School of Economics (LSE) with a focus on these captivating fields.

Unlocking the Path to Doctoral Excellence:

In light of the distinguished appointment of Prof Vassilis Monastiriotis to the prestigious Eleftherios Venizelos Chair in Contemporary Greek Studies, the Hellenic Observatory is seeking Expressions of Interest from individuals keen on exploring doctoral studies at LSE. This opportunity is centered around engaging in transformative PhD research specifically centered on Greece or Cyprus.

Fields of Endeavor:

The call extends to individuals interested in exploring a multitude of fields, including:

  • Economics: covering applied economics, regional economics, economic geography, labor economics, industrial relations, and political economy.
  • International Relations: encompassing foreign policy, regional geopolitics, security, and defense.


Who Should Apply:

This call for Expressions of Interest is open to candidates of all nationalities. Proficiency in Greek is not a prerequisite; however, candidates should possess a keen understanding of, and active research interests in, Greece or Cyprus in their respective fields of study.


Minimum entry requirements for MPhil/PhD European Studies

The minimum entry requirement for this programme is a taught master’s degree (or equivalent), with a minimum of 65 per cent average (Merit or 2:1) and at least 70 (Distinction or a First) in the dissertation, in a related discipline.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet our minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

If you have studied or are studying outside of the UK then have a look at our Information for International Students to find out the entry requirements that apply to you.


Express Your Interest:

Prospective candidates are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest Letter, succinctly summarizing the broad topic of their proposed research. This should encompass the proposed methodology, relevant literature, conceptual framework or theory, and a clear alignment with past qualifications and applied research skills.

Selected candidates will have the invaluable opportunity to refine and develop their research proposal in collaboration with Prof Vassilis Monastiriotis or Dr. Spyros Economides, depending on their chosen field. This collaboration will set the stage for formal submission of their PhD applications to the LSE for the academic year 2024/25.

Successful candidates gaining admission to the PhD program will be considered for an LSE PhD scholarship. Additionally, they will be affiliated with the esteemed Hellenic Observatory, providing them a platform to actively engage in diverse research and public engagement activities.

Fees and Funding:

Tuition fees 2023/24 for MPhil/PhD European Studies

Every research student is charged a fee for their programme. The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students’ Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Home students: £4,704 for the first year (provisional)
Overseas students: £21,768 for the first year

The fee is likely to rise over subsequent years of the programme. The School charges home research students in line with the level of fee that the Research Councils recommend. The fees for overseas students are likely to rise in line with the assumed percentage increase in pay costs (ie, 4 per cent per annum).

Table of fees

Fee status

The amount of tuition fees you will need to pay, and any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a home or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Further information about fee status classification.

Scholarships, studentships and other funding

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country, and we provide generous scholarships each year to home and overseas students.

This programme is eligible for LSE PhD Studentships, and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding. Selection for the PhD Studentships and ESRC funding is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents, before the funding deadline.

The funding deadline for first round of LSE PhD Studentships and ESRC funding: 13 January 2024.
The deadline for the second round of LSE PhD Studentships: 27 April 2024.

In addition to our needs-based awards, LSE also makes available scholarships for students from specific regions of the world and awards for students studying specific subject areas. Find out more about financial support.

External funding

There may be other funding opportunities available through other organisations or governments and we recommend you investigate these options as well.

Click here for more details. Applicants are advised to submit their Expression of Interest letter at the earliest, considering that applications to the LSE PhD Scholarship program are reviewed annually in January. Interested individuals should also verify their eligibility for admission to the PhD in European Studies at the European Institute, LSE.

For more information, expressions of interest, or inquiries regarding the topic fit, please reach out via email to Hellenicobservatory.Research@lse.ac.uk. Seize this opportunity to contribute to academic excellence and be part of a transformative research journey in the captivating landscapes of Greece and Cyprus.