A blog for LSE PhD students, postdocs and LSE students considering a PhD

Working for the Brilliant Club as a PhD student

MacKenzie Common, LSE PhD student in Law has spent some time building her portfolio of experience alongside her studies by working part time in schools, supported by the Brilliant Club. Here she writes about that experience.
One of the most rewarding experiences of my PhD has been working for The Brilliant Club.
The Brilliant Club is a non-profit organisation that places […]

29 November 2019|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|
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    How to find and apply for research fellowships and post-doc funding

How to find and apply for research fellowships and post-doc funding

It’s tough making post-doc applications. The competition is stiff. Is the effort worth it? We hold an annual seminar sharing ways to make successful applications from different points of view. Perhaps, you could be successful too! Our speakers in recent years were:

Dr Jana Uher, Senior Research Fellow and holder of a Marie Curie Fellowship in Psychological and Behavioural […]

7 November 2019|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

PhD students: Need to work whilst you study?

Should you or shouldn’t you work whilst you study? I hear a number of reasons why LSE PhD students can and can’t work while they are studying.
What’s right for you?
The issues might include:

time – you don’t have enough
money – you might need more
capacity – how much headspace is available?
gaining experience – what sort do you […]

16 September 2019|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

What to do as you come to the end of your PhD

As a PhD student coming towards the end of writing your PhD thesis, submission is the priority and making many job applications is not easy now. Thinking about the future at this stage can be unnerving (unless you have been very well organised and secured a position already).

This post is to reassure those of you without firm plans that there […]

5 September 2019|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

Preparing for a career in academia

PhD students and researchers wanting to pursue an academic career will need a range of experience, built up during (and after) the period of PhD study.
LSE PhD Graduates tell their tales of progressing into academia

Ruth Garland (Media and Comms 2014) “an emerging scholar at 50 – odd” now Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire
David Hope (Government […]

23 August 2019|PhD, Research|0 Comments|

Hacking the USA academic job market

The team from ‘The Professor is In’ visited London to speak to PhD students about academic careers in the US and the messages were hard-hitting. For example 76% of academic staff in the US are on short term contracts; academic departments are shrinking; each vacant position attracts 200-900 applications; there are not enough academic positions to go round, and getting […]


The Value of Volunteering during your PhD

Finding time to volunteer can be challenging, especially if you are a PhD student. Whilst it’s important to note that volunteering is not for everyone, maybe due to personal responsibilities, family or financial constraints, it can be a very enriching and rewarding experience for doctoral students.

Here Hannah Cottrell, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, shares some of […]

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    Learning from PhD Alumni: working in International Organisations

Learning from PhD Alumni: working in International Organisations

Multiple factors influence career development and for PhD students, the interaction between external circumstances and personal priorities make every individual story unique. We regularly host alumni PhD career panels to learn from the experiences of our talented PhD graduates. Progression into roles in international organisations and think tanks is a popular topic. In this blog PhD and Research Staff […]

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    Work with the UK Government and Parliament: Opportunities for PhDs

Work with the UK Government and Parliament: Opportunities for PhDs

Guest Blog from Megan Marsh, Public Affairs Team, LSE
Working with the UK Parliament

Parliament wants to know about the latest PhD research. And there are a number of ways you can feed your research into policy creation, from placements in Parliament specifically for PhD students, to special opportunities to highlight your research for a political audience.

The Parliamentary Office for Science […]

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    Finding your own path: one PhD’s non-traditional career journey

Finding your own path: one PhD’s non-traditional career journey

LSE PhD students move on to many and varied careers. The options are vast and you probably don’t yet know all those that are relevant to you. Here, Teresa Whitney (LSE PhD 2015, Social Psychology) describes how she taught herself about her dream job and offers her insights for how you might do this too.
The challenge

I didn’t go in […]

27 November 2018|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

How to ‘engage’ with public engagement

PhD students probably tire of hearing about public engagement, and how their research ‘fits’ in. It’s too niche, how will I explain it, would the public be interested? Taking the chance to get involved in school-wide activities provides a fantastic opportunity to raise a public profile about your research, without much effort and build a personal research portfolio at […]

23 November 2018|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

PhD Internships? Yes, it’s a thing!

A good thing.
PhD internships provide you with an opportunity to widen your experience and achieve knowledge exchange. Find out more about what’s available for PhD students and learn about one student’s recent experience during his summer internship.
During summer 2018, LSE PhD student Tim Monteath from the Sociology Department spent 12 weeks at the Alan Turing Institute,  the national institute […]

15 November 2018|LSE Careers, PhD|1 Comment|
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    Women’s careers in academia: ‘Institutions are greedy’

Women’s careers in academia: ‘Institutions are greedy’

Experienced women academics shared insights regarding the early development and progression of careers in academia, from both their own career experience and from their research and leadership experience in academic institutions at an event recently hosted in the PhD Academy by LSE Careers. We agreed that ‘Institutions are greedy’ and individuals benefit from: 1) reflecting on their career; 2) working […]

18 October 2018|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

Getting started on your PhD

With Freshers Week over and term starting proper, we thought it would be helpful to share some top tips with different groups of you about getting started and making the most of your time.

Here PhD student Mia Certo shares her top 5 tips for anyone about to embark on a PhD about how to make the best start possible.


1 October 2018|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

Interview with an LSE Alum: Dr Natalia Buitron

This week read all about LSE Alum and current LSE postdoc fellow Natalia’s experience and journey as student, teacher and researcher, and her plans for the future. We hope it inspires you!
Tell us about your career path to date.

After I finished my MSc in the Anthropology of Learning and Cognition at LSE, I started a PhD in Social Anthropology […]


Life after the PhD: A Mature Student’s Perspective

Dr Keren Darmon spoke at a mature PhD students’ lunch about her experience of working in the communications industry before studying for her PhD as a mature student. Keren is an associate member of the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, where she completed her PhD. Her thesis is a feminist media studies project, entitled “Representing SlutWalk London in […]


Interviews for Academic Posts

If you’re currently undertaking a PhD you may already be thinking about life after the viva, in particular, securing an academic position. But before that happens, you have to have an academic interview! Fear not, our recent PhD Seminar with Anton Harder, LSE PhD International History (2016) and Bernard Keenan, LSE PhD Law (2018) covered just that. Both Anton, who […]


What to do after a PhD

So, how do we learn about career development outside academia from LSE PhD graduates?

We want to know about PhD graduates who leave and how they move on so we use statistics and stories. In this Blog, I’ll focus on what we have learnt about moving into roles outside academia after graduating from an LSE PhD.


We collect data on the […]

19 December 2017|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

How to plan your PhD application

The LSE Careers team have been seeing quite a few students asking about the process of applying for a PhD.  Here Hannah Cottrell, a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology, shares her insights into the process and some of the things you need to think about when putting together a PhD application.

Know the PhD application requirements inside out […]

13 November 2017|LSE Careers, PhD|0 Comments|

Starting again: an ‘emerging scholar’ at 50-odd?

Guest post by Ruth Garland, LSE PhD alumna:
A late career change is exciting and energising but it throws up many contradictions. Last week, for example, I was honoured to be asked to chair a conference session on behalf of the youth section of the European media and communications research association, ECREA. I was one of the oldest people in the […]


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