The prestigious scholarships, worth £70,000 each, will be affiliated with LSE’s new International Inequalities Institute and directed by Professor Mike Savage, Head of Department of Sociology. These awards, the new Institute- which opens in May 2015 – and a forthcoming MSc programme on ‘Inequalities and Social Science’ are all part of the School’s increased focus on interdisciplinary research which tackles inequality and social cohesion.
Commenting on the awards, Professor Savage said: “We are delighted that the Leverhulme Trust has agreed to fund these studentships, which will allow us to build a distinctive graduate programme linked to the new International Inequalities Institute.
“Over the past decade, there has been a significant growth of inequalities both within and between nations. There is also a growing acceptance that the wider inequalities between all groups- including the advantaged -are affecting social cohesion, solidarity, social welfare and well-being. These dramatic changes have led to an increase in interdisciplinary energy to address this topic at LSE and were the motivation behind the creation of the new Institute, which will seek to better understand the causes and consequences of widening inequalities.”
LSE is one of 14 universities to receive the Leverhulme awards, which were launched in January 2014 as a means to support the future generation of researchers in progressing to doctoral study in the UK.