LSE-Sawiris Scholarships

Two billion more people will be living cities by 2050, with 80% of urban growth taking place in Africa and Asia. Understanding how cities can be better governed, planned and managed is one of the critical challenges of the 21st century in countries, like Egypt, which are experiencing rapid urbanisation.

The LSE-Sawiris Scholarships are funded by the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development, a philanthropic organisation based in Egypt that contributes to the country’s development, creates sustainable job opportunities, and empowers citizens to build productive lives that realize their full potential.

Through the generosity of the Sawiris Foundation, LSE Cities is able to offer two fully funded places for Executive MSc in Cities applicants who live in Egypt and work for a public or third sector organisation in Egypt.  

The deadline to apply to the LSE-Sawiris Scholarships has passed and applications are now closed. All applicants will receive a decision by May 2020.


The LSE-Sawiris Scholarships are open to Executive MSc in Cities applicants who are from and based in Egypt and who work for a public or third sector organisation in Egypt. This includes people who are employed by a local / national government or by a charity, a non-profit or an NGO.

Please note that people who are employed by private sector organisations are not eligible to apply for the LSE-Sawiris Scholarships, even if their company is contracted for work by a government organisation.  

Applicants must also meet the eligibility criteria for the Executive MSc in Cities by having at least 10 years of work experience in an urban-related field, as well as having attained an undergraduate degree with an overall result equivalent to a 2.1 (overall result of 80% or higher from an Egyptian university).

Full details of the Executive MSc in Cities' eligibility requirements can be found on our How to Apply page.

Available Support

Successful awardees of the LSE-Sawiris Scholarships will receive full tuition fee support. 

The Sawiris Foundation will also provide transport to and from Cairo, as well as accommodation and living costs in London during teaching modules

Application Process

The deadline to apply for the LSE-Sawiris Scholarships has now passed. The information below is for reference only. 

In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants will need to complete BOTH of the steps below by 12.00 (noon) on Friday 13 March 2020

Step 1: Programme Application

Apply for the Executive MSc in Cities using the LSE Online Application System no later than Friday 13 March 2020. More information about what you will need to provide in your application is available on our How to Apply page. 

As part of the programme application process, applicants will be asked to provide details of two referees. These referees will be automatically sent a reference request by LSE Graduate Admissions. Referees must respond to this request by 12.00 (noon) on Tuesday 17 March 2020 in order for the scholarship application to be considered.

Further details about the programme application process are available on our How to Apply page.  

Step 2: Scholarship Application

Submit a scholarship application using the LSE-Sawiris online Scholarship Application Form.

The form will ask you for proof that you are currently resident in Egypt. By completing the form you will also agree that you intend to continue living in Egypt for at least two consecutive years following the conclusion of the programme in February 2022.

The form must be completed in a single session, so applicants are advised to review the form, compile the relevant information and then complete it in full.

Selection Process

All LSE-Sawiris Scholarship applications will be reviewed by a panel of LSE academics. The panel will use information from the programme application to assess the quality of each applicant and their potential to improve Egyptian cities through their leadership in urban-related fields. Particular note will be paid to their professional achievements to date. 

A shortlist of applicants will be invited to an interview via Skype on Thursday 2 April 2020. In-person interviews will not be offered. 

All applicants will receive a decision no later than 15 April 2020. The panel’s decision is final and no appeals are possible.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Applicants to the LSE-Sawiris Scholarships are also encouraged to consider applying for the LSE Cities Scholarships and the Bloomberg Scholarship for Public Service. Please note that you will need to complete a separate application for in order to be considered for these scholarships. 

Further details about eligibility, available support, deadlines and the application process for these schemes is available on our Scholarships page.