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.
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.
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 Name||Scholarship Benefits||Scholarship Eligibility|
|The Beacon Scholarship||Varies||Citizen of Tanzania, Kenya or Uganda|
|Kadas Scholarship||GBP 15,000 per year||Citizens of Bulgaria, Albania, Poland, Romania, etc.|
|Singapore LSE Trust Undergraduate Scholarship||Varies||Citizen 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.
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 Name||Scholarship Type||Scholarship Benefits||Scholarship Eligibility|
|British Chevening Scholarship||External;Merit-based||Covers tuition fees, cost of accommodation and travel in UK||Above 70% in undergraduate degree; 2+ years of work experience|
|LSE Access to Graduate Scholarships||Internal; Need-based||GBP 14,400||International student who is an asylum seeker/refugee. Or person with humanitarian protection.|
|LSE Master’s Awards||Internal; Need-based||GBP 5,000 to full fees||International student belong to a low-income country|
|Commonwealth Shared Scholarship||External; Merit-based||covers fees, fares, and maintenance expenses||75% in bachelor program; belong to developing countries like India and Bangladesh|
|LSE PhD Studentships||Internal; merit-based||GBP 17,000- GBP 18,000||International 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 Name||Scholarship Benefits|
|Lady Meherbai Scholarship||INR 3,00,000 and INR 6,00,000|
|JN Tata Endowment Scholarship||INR 1,00,000 and INR 10,00,000|
|Inlaks Shivdasani Scholarship||Varies|
|Margaret Basu Scholarship||GBP 4,000|
|Marchant Foundation LLM Scholarship||GBP 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.