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The IFS invites applications for its Graduate Scholarship Programme. 

IFS is Europe’s leading centre of microeconomic policy research, established as an authoritative commentator on the public finances, tax and welfare policy, tax law, education, inequality and poverty, pensions, productivity and innovation, consumer behaviour and, more recently, the evaluation of policies designed to promote development in poorer countries. It is a politically independent registered charity aiming to bridge the gap between policymakers and academics

Research teams include full-time researchers, graduate scholars and academic Research Associates, who are leading academics in their fields. IFS hosts a prestigious ESRC Centre, the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP). The Research Directors of IFS are Richard Blundell and Rachel Griffith, and IFS has a large number of Research Fellows including Orazio Attanasio, James Banks, Eric French, Imran Rasul along with many others.

Under the programme, students will undertake research leading to a PhD and must be following an ESRC-accredited pathway. IFS Scholars must be registered or will need to register as full-time students at any university associated with the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership (UBEL) or the South East Network for Social Sciences (SenSS) and will have access to the extensive research facilities of IFS and UCL.

A stipend is payable at the ESRC rate for students who meet the residential criteria, and fees will be paid up to the EU level. The IFS Graduate studentship is open to all UK applicants. Applicants are also eligible for a studentship if they have been an ordinary resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship grant. For instance, if the applicant applies for a studentship to start in October 2018, they must have resided in the UK since October 2015. Please note: if the applicant is from an EU-country, these three years may include time spent studying, but if the applicant is from outside the EU (international), these three years cannot include time spent studying at a Higher Education institution. 

Please send a CV to including details of two academic referees together with a brief outline of your proposed research (no more than three pages).

If you have any queries, please email or contact Emma Hyman at IFS on 020 7291 4800.