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LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE - [LSE], LONDON, ENGLAND - SCHOLARSHIP

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LSE Scholarships for International Students: UG and PG Scholarships, Benefits, Eligibility, Application Process

Sugandhi Sood Sugandhi Sood
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London School of Economics and Political Science or LSE is known to attract high caliber students from across the world, many of whom require some financial assistance. With a variety of LSE scholarships designed for LSE undergraduate and postgraduate programs, this assistance is duly provided.

Annually, more than GBP 4 million and GBP 13 million are, respectively, awarded in undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships at LSE. These figures are just based on London School of Economics and Political Science scholarships awarded internally. There are organizations like British Council which offer external scholarships to international students planning to pursue higher studies in the UK’s ranking universities.

  • Both merit-based and need-based scholarships are available to incoming international students.
  • Separate application is mandatory for undergraduate and postgraduate LSE scholarships. The deadline is April 27.
  • Before applying for any scholarship, confirmation of admission to LSE is a must.
  • Each LSE department awards individual entrance scholarships worth GBP 2,000 to meritorious master’s students.
  • LSE undergraduate and graduate support scheme are its flagships need-based scholarship programs

In the present circumstances (COVID-19) as well, all the LSE scholarships are intact and available to international students. It's just that now the London School of Economics and Political Science scholarships are awarded remotely. Prospective applicants advised to explore and apply for a suitable scholarship as per plan.

LSE Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate scholarships at LSE are awarded on the basis of applicant’s academic merit and must be used towards the payment of tuition fees. The annual tuition fee for international students commencing an undergraduate program at LSE is around GBP 21,570, which rises by 2.5% to 4% every year.

With LSE scholarships available to international students, it becomes easier for students to cover their remaining tuition fees and other living expenses. Some of the London School of Economics and Political Science scholarships for UG students are mentioned in the following table:

Scholarship NameScholarship BenefitsScholarship Eligibility
The Beacon ScholarshipVariesCitizen of Tanzania, Kenya or Uganda
Kadas ScholarshipGBP 15,000 per yearCitizens of Bulgaria, Albania, Poland, Romania, etc.
Singapore LSE Trust Undergraduate Scholarship VariesCitizen of Singapore

Apart from these, all international students are eligible to apply for the LSE Undergraduate Support Scheme. This is the only need-based scholarship scheme available to incoming students who can’t afford to study at London School of Economics and Political Science. The scholarship amount ranges between GBP 6,000 to GBP 15,000.

To apply for any of the undergraduate LSE scholarships, you need to complete an additional scholarship application before April 27.

Students must note that these are just a few undergraduate scholarships available to international students at LSE. The school updates its scholarship opportunities throughout the year. Therefore prospective students are advised to check the page for scholarship updates.

LSE Scholarships for Postgraduate Students

Around 19% of incoming LSE master’s program students are successful in securing merit-based or need-based scholarships to study at LSE. At the postgraduate-level, the LSE scholarships are awarded as a combination of internal and external scholarship programs.

Few of PG scholarships available for international students at LSE are mentioned in the table below:

Scholarship NameScholarship TypeScholarship BenefitsScholarship Eligibility
British Chevening ScholarshipExternal;Merit-basedCovers tuition fees, cost of accommodation and travel in UKAbove 70% in undergraduate degree; 2+ years of work experience
LSE Access to Graduate ScholarshipsInternal; Need-basedGBP 14,400International student who is an asylum seeker/refugee. Or person with humanitarian protection.
LSE Master’s AwardsInternal; Need-basedGBP 5,000 to full feesInternational student belong to a low-income country
Commonwealth Shared ScholarshipExternal; Merit-basedcovers fees, fares, and maintenance expenses75% in bachelor program; belong to developing countries like India and Bangladesh
LSE PhD StudentshipsInternal; merit-basedGBP 17,000- GBP 18,000International students starting MRes/PhD

As it can be seen in the table, the majority of merit-based LSE scholarships are awarded by external organizations, whereas, need-based scholarships are awarded internally. A separate application is necessary for all the internal LSE scholarships.

In addition to scholarship opportunities for all international students, LSE also accepts country-specific scholarships awarded by the organizations and government of the applicant’s home country. Based on this, some of the scholarships available for Indian applicants of London School of Economics are tabulated below:

Scholarship NameScholarship Benefits
Lady Meherbai ScholarshipINR 3,00,000 and INR 6,00,000
JN Tata Endowment ScholarshipINR 1,00,000 and INR 10,00,000
Inlaks Shivdasani ScholarshipVaries
Margaret Basu ScholarshipGBP 4,000
Marchant Foundation LLM ScholarshipGBP 10,000

The application system varies for each of the scholarships at LSE. Prospective applicants are recommended to check the individual scholarship page. Also, due to COVID-19, it is possible that there might be some difference in the scholarship amount. So, applicants must verify that as well.

With such variety of intern lSE scholarships and external scholarships, it is comparatively easier for international students to complete their desired bachelor, master’s or doctoral program at LSE.

Scholarships Offered


LSE Undergraduate Support Scheme


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Margaret Basu Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $5,124
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $100,000
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Sir Ratan Tata Post-Doctoral Fellowship for South Asian students


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $2,337
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: 1

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Rajeeb Mukherjee Memorial Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Chevening Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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UWL International Ambassador Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $6,447
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 100

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Goa Education Trust Scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Monica Cole Research Grant


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $1,291
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Apprenticeship
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Commonwealth Professional Fellowship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Bhajan Lal Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Cranfield MBA Scholarship for Women


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $15,576
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Debesh Kamal Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $1,385
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Aga khan Foundation Scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Forte Fellowship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $24,623
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: 3

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Saltire Scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $10,433
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: 50

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Bharat Petroleum Scholarship 2020


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Commonwealth Master’s Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Paul Foundation scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $20,174
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Diploma
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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The Global Study Awards


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $12,252
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 2

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Forktip Women’s- Innovation Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 10

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VueVille Future Technology Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 1

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India Postgraduate Taught Master’s Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $3,555
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: 5

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Commonwealth Shared Scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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(ISC)² Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 10

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QS scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Awards
  • Level of Study: N/A
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $3,105
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: 50

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Lady Meherbai D Tata Education Trust Scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $8,365
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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1st Formations Business Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $800
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 10

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QS Leadership Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: 1

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Collegedunia $150 Scholarship Program


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $150
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 3000

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JN Tata Endowment Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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BrokerFish International student scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 1

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Education for Sustainable Energy Development Scholarship Program


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $21,000
  • Type: Need-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: 8

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Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $25,000
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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National Overseas Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Need-Based
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: 100

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Commonwealth Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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