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Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships - The Bridges Programme

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Bridging the Mathematical and Social Sciences

The Bridges Programme aims to provide PhD students with deep knowledge of contemporary research questions in the social sciences, and rigorous training in the mathematical and computational approaches needed to answer them. This programme was open to students interested in any area of the social sciences (e.g., Economics, Psychology, Political Science, or Sociology) or mathematical sciences (e.g., Statistics, Complex Systems, or Computer Science), and who are interested in bridging the boundaries between these domains. The Trust has a particular interest in supporting UK or EU students.

The Bridges Programme Applications are now closed (the final year of applications was 2017/18)

The goal of this programme is to train students to contribute to and lead research that brings quantitative sophistication to theory-driven questions in the social sciences. Students will have a mentor in social sciences (e.g., Psychology, Economics, Business, Politics, or Sociology) and a mentor in the mathematical sciences (e.g. Computer Science, Statistics, or Mathematics). Projects can address questions in any domain including, for example, natural language, finance, health, cognition, or any other topics related to the social sciences.

The PhD programme involves numerous opportunities to develop quantitative and theoretical skills with guidance from leaders in the mathematical and social sciences. Successful candidates have been provided with state-of-the-art resources for computing, and support for research and conferences, as well as tuition fees and a monthly stipend for 3 years.

For alternate PhD positions, please have a look at the Alan Turing Institute PhD positions: https://www.turing.ac.uk/opportunities/studentships/

Students on the programme are as follows (Department and Supervisors):

  • Li Ying (Psychology; Thomas Hills)
  • Irina Kholodenko (Economics: Motty Perry, Bhaskar Dutta, Matt Keeling)
  • Elena Kochkina (Computer Science: Maria Liakata, Rob Procter)
  • Gian Lorenzo Spisso (Centre for Complexity Science: Matthew Turner, Jonathan Cave)
  • Alexandra Surdina (Psychology: Adam Sanborn, Jim Smith)
  • Kenneth Lim (WBS: Daniel Read, Jerker Denrell WBS, Jane Hutton, Statistics)
  • Giovanni Burro (Statistics: Vicky Henderson/Julia Brettschneider)
  • Andreas Ferrara (Economics: Sascha Becker)
  • Jonathan Muscat (Statistics: Vicky Henderson)
  • Carlo Schwarz (Economics: Fabian Waldinger)
  • Rachel Wilkerson (Statistics: Jim Smith)
  • Yu-Chun Huang (Psychology: Gordon Brown)
  • Thomas Kelly (Psychology: Elliot Ludvig)
  • Alejandra Ortiz-Ayala (PAIS: Vincenzo Bove)
  • Lara Vomfell (WBS: Neil Stewart)
  • Sergio Alessandro Castagnetti (Economics: Robert Akerlof)
  • Eva Jimenez Mesa (Psychology: Thomas Hills)



Bridges is a Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships programme, funded jointly by the Leverhulme Trust and the University of Warwick.

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