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LCDS offers 3 types of student scholarships. Apply now! Deadline approaching



The deadline for Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science (LCDS) scholarships is Friday 22 January 2021, 12.00 noon UK time. If you miss that, the final application deadline for entry is Tuesday March 2, 2021, also 12.00 noon UK time.


What do I need to do?

Read the information below, which details each scholarship available. Apply for each scholarship using the correct code.


  • LCDS MPhil Scholarship: 21SOCIO01WEB and LCDS DPhil Scholarship: 21SOCIO02WEB


  • LCDS/Department of Sociology International Max Planck Research School for Population, Health and Data Science (IMPRS-PHDS) Scholarship: 21SOCIO03WEB


  • LCDS CaND3– Consortium on Analytics for Data-Driven Decision-Making Scholarship: 21SOCIO04WEB


NB: On the application form, under Departmental Studentship Applications, there is the Funding tab. Enter the code in the Advertised reference code field.




What is the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science?

The LCDS was founded in October 2019 at the University of Oxford and financed for the first 10 years until 2029 by the Leverhulme Trust and Nuffield College and led by Principal Investigator and Director Professor Melinda Mills. We are a fundamentally interdisciplinary centre with the aim to tackle the most relevant and challenging demographic problems of our time. Our aim is to disrupt and realign conventional thinking and infuse science into demography. Our research areas are described below and on our website, but focus on core demographic topics including: fertility, family, mortality and life expectancy, migration, aging, and environmental threats. Our approach is often interdisciplinary and always rigorous and empirical. Find out more about us here: https://www.demographicscience.ox.ac.uk/


What type of student scholarships does the LCDS offer?

LCDS is currently offering 3 types of student scholarships. Please indicate which scholarship(s) you would like to be considered for in your application.


1) LCDS DPhil and MPhil Scholarships. The DPhil, which is the Oxford equivalent to a PhD, is a 3 year programme. The MPhil is a 2 year Master’s programme in Sociology and Demography, equivalent to many European Research Master’s Programmes.

For the DPhil Scholarship students receive a yearly stipend from £37,609 in year 1 to 40,678 in year 3 to cover University and College Fees and a basic living allowance. For international students these scholarships are the equivalent of approximately £117,080 in total. For UK students this amount is adjusted to reflect lower tuition fees at around: £88,350 in total.

For the MPhil Scholarship, students receive funding for 2 years. For international students this is a total of £76,400 (around £37,600 to £38,790 per year), with lower adjusted amounts for UK students to reflect lower tuition fees.

We offer up to 2 scholarships in this category each year.

Codes to enter on your application are:

LCDS DPhil Scholarship code is 21SOCIO02WEB; for LCDS MPhil Scholarship code is 21SOCIO01WEB.


2) LCDS/Department of Sociology International Max Planck Research School for Population, Health and Data Science (IMPRS-PHDS) Scholarship. If granted this scholarship, next to your DPhil you will have the advantage to follow a three year programme that merges demography, epidemiology and data science. The school equips doctoral students not only with advanced knowledge of the theory and methods of demography and epidemiology, but also with strong technical skills in statistics, mathematical modelling, and computational and data management and data science. For more information see: https://www.imprs-phds.mpg.de/

Students receive a scholarship which covers tuition fees for 3 years for a total of £23,505.

We offer one scholarship in this category each year.

The code to enter on your application for this scholarship is 21SOCIO03WEB.


3) LCDS CaND3– Consortium on Analytics for Data-Driven Decision-Making Scholarship see: https://www.mcgill.ca/cand3/ Each year LCDS selects one student to join in this international training programme of 32 partners, financed in Canada. You will have the unique opportunity to engage in an extensive 12-month online training programme next to your own Oxford studies. Students receive training from top experts in the areas of: population aging, data science and computational demography and data-driven decision making. For more information about the training programme see: https://www.mcgill.ca/cand3/training-program

Students receive a stipend of $10,000 CAD (Canadian) for one year from the LCDS and are expected to participate virtually and when possible (due to the pandemic) join one of the CaND3 events.

We offer one scholarship in this category each year.

The code to enter for this scholarship is: 21SOCIO04WEB.


Can I apply for more than one of these scholarships?

Yes. It is possible to be considered for multiple scholarships. Please indicate which scholarship(s) you would be interested in being considered for in your application.


How do I apply?

For more information about the DPhil (Oxford terminology for PhD): https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-sociology


For more information about the MPhil in Sociology and Demography (Oxford terminology for 2 Year Master's): https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/mphil-sociology-demography


The amounts listed here are shown for the highest level international student fees. Scholarships for UK students will be adjusted to reflect the lower tuition fee. Scholarship amounts are dependent upon changes in University and College tuition fees, exchange rates and inflation, thus the amounts listed provide an indication and may be subject to change. For multi-year scholarships, continuation of scholarships is evaluated on a yearly basis depending on performance and active participation.


When is the deadline for applications?

The deadline for LCDS and most Oxford scholarships is the same as the general Oxford student application deadline, which is Friday 22 January 2021, 12.00 noon UK time. If you miss that, the final application deadline for entry is Tuesday March 2, 2021, also 12.00 noon UK time. We will select from the January pool of applications and if no students are deemed eligible we will select from the March pool. Our strong advice is that you submit by the January 2021 deadline in order to be considered for not only our scholarship but other Oxford-wide scholarships.


Will Brexit impact my application and chance to study in the UK?

No way! The LCDS and the University of Oxford remain open to international researchers and research excellence. At LCDS, we don’t just value diversity – we live it. Our LCDS core team spans members from across Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, India, China and beyond.


Do I have to list a supervisor that is part of the LCDS?

Yes. Our scholarships are designed to enhance research within the centre and foster collaborative teamwork and learning within the LCDS family of researchers. For this reason, and to be accountable to our funders, we can only fund students who are supervised by one of the LCDS staff listed in the grants.


Who are the LCDS staff that could be my supervisor?

See list of People on our website and keep checking as we have some exciting new incoming staff: https://www.demographicscience.ox.ac.uk/people Supervisors in the Department of Sociology currently include the LCDS core senior staff Melinda Mills, Jennifer Beam Dowd, Francis Dodoo, Ridhi Kashyap, Charles Rahal and Per Block and associate members Christiaan Monden, David Kirk, Janne Jonsson and Nan Dirk de Graaf. We are an interdisciplinary centre, so if you are interested in cross-departmental supervision that can be discussed as well and note this in your application.


Should I contact a potential supervisor or supervisors before submitting my application? Am I guaranteed that I will get the supervisor that I name?

It is not strictly required to contact your preferred supervisor in advance. It is a good idea to look at the research profiles of the different staff to get an idea of who might be a good fit. We cannot guarantee that you will be matched with the supervisor that you name due to various workload reasons, but we can guarantee that you will get excellent supervision and be welcomed into the LCDS family.


Can I name multiple supervisors?

Sure! We often have joint supervision teams which can be very useful and complementary for students.


What kind of topics and approaches are considered as relevant for these LCDS scholarships?

Our main – and very broad – research programmes are described here: https://www.demographicscience.ox.ac.uk/programmes


Topics range from COVID-19 causes and consequences, health, gender equity, digital and computational demography, sociogenomics and working with genetic data to study behavioural outcomes such as fertility and chronotype, mortality and life span inequalities, intergenerational processes, family demography, social network research, formal demography, causality and methodology, historical demography, social mobility and much more!


To see some of the research our group has conducted in our first year refer to our Research page: https://www.demographicscience.ox.ac.uk/research


What if I want to study a topic that is completely unrelated to the LCDS research or demography?

Let’s just put it this way – if you are not interested in us, we are not interested in you.


Which College should I apply to?

All students at Oxford are Members of a College, which is another one of the benefits of this University. You can state your college preference on your application form or otherwise you will be assigned to a college. At present LCDS core team members are at Nuffield College and the newly founded Reuben College, which we would recommend as the Colleges to list.


Useful links:

FAQs for students of Sociology, University of Oxford: https://www.sociology.ox.ac.uk/all-faqs.html


For more information about the DPhil (Oxford terminology for PhD): https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-sociology


For more information about the MPhil in Sociology and Demography (Oxford terminology for 2 Year Master’s): https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/mphil-sociology-demography


Have more questions?

Contact our Centre Manager Antoinette Moffa: Antoinette.moffa@sociology.ox.ac.uk


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