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Funding, Research and Study Opportunities

The FLCA provides a range of opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to further their research and engagement with Africa.

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Job Opening: FLCA is Recruiting for African Engagement Programme Manager

Do you have experience working with private and public sectors in Africa? Have you held a combination of fundraising/sponsorship, strategic and relationship building roles? Do you have a passion for African development and possess excellent communication and influencing skills?

Do you want to advance focussed partnerships in Africa with employers, academic institutions, and private and public donors and partners?  The ideal candidate will also possess the ability to foster a shared sense of purpose with a diverse range of stakeholders, and understand organisational needs.

The manager of the African Engagement Programme (AEP) at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (FLCA) will be responsible for managing the development of a brand new programme at the Centre working closely with the Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) team, the Centre Manager and Director to implement the strategy and vision for the programme. If all the above describes you, APPLY.


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Study at the world's leading dedicated social science institution

LSE offers various opportunities for African nationals to undertake study or research at the institution. Every year, over 200 Africans from at least 30 countries come to LSE on short courses, fellowships and taught and research programmes that are available across 19 departments.

At LSE, you will be part of an international student body of over 150 nationalities. During your time here you can tap into the knowledge and expertise of leading thinkers and experts in social science, participate in widely attended events with speakers from across the globe and build a network in one of the most diverse campuses in the world.





LSE and external organisations offer a number of scholarships for African students to study at LSE. The value of support ranges in value from 10 per cent of the tuition fee to a full fees and maintenance award.

Approximately 19 per cent of taught masters offer holders are successful in obtaining some form of financial support from the School.

We will continue compiling a list of funding opportunities to study at LSE for the 2020/21 academic year. 

Current funding opportunities here.



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Dissertation Fieldwork Funding

Are you a Master’s student at the LSE with an interesting research question? Does your research proposal engage with questions concerning Africa? Would funding significantly enhance your fieldwork?

If you answered yes to the above questions, then you are probably a perfect match for the MSc Dissertation Fieldwork support from the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (FLCA). If your dissertation project is selected for funding, you may receive up to £1,000 to undertake fieldwork in Africa.

The grants contribute to the FLCA's overall mission to support research on Africa and to ensure that the field of African Studies continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of the continent.


Applicants must be enrolled in an LSE Master’s programme and provide a letter of authorisation for their fieldwork from their Head of Department and a letter of recommendation from their supervisor along with a complete application form.

Students are expected to have also applied for support to their departments, and the FLCA will assess sympathetically applications that are partly funded by their departments.

There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. However, preference in selection of projects funded will be influenced by current research in the centre, and will ideally enhance ongoing work.

Note that fieldwork is likely to involve the submission of Health and Safety Risk assessments and Ethical Review to LSE. It is the responsibility of the applicant and the applicant’s department to ensure that those processes have been completed before fieldwork commences.

Students of all nationalities are eligible to apply, but their Master’s thesis must be Africa-related.  

Past Recipients

In 2019, 15 students received the MSc Dissertation Fieldwork grant. Recipients studied a variety of topics, from rights-based activism by mining affected communities in South Africa, to refugees’ work to subvert stereotypical narratives through self-representation in Uganda, to sex workers perception of themselves in Ghana.

Applications will open in Lent Term 2020. Please keep checking this page for updates.



Programme for African Leadership

The Programme for African Leadership is an extracurricular leadership and networking programme for African graduate students studying at LSE.

The Programme was established at by the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (FLCA) to empower a new generation of African leaders who will promote best practices of economic and social development in their organisations and countries.

Go to the Programme for African Leadership




LSE-UCT July School

An intensive two-week university level summer school (winter if you are in the Southern Hemisphere) programme for students and professionals at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Running annually between June and July, the LSE-UCT School draws the highest calibre students, graduates and professionals from across the globe.

The programme provides an exciting opportunity to study important social science issues relevant to Africa today across subject areas as diverse as international relations, economics, management, government, geography, law, media and social policy.

Learn more about the programme and how to apply