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Apply for a 2016/17 Scholarship


2016/17 Scholarships

The Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) at the London School of Economics and Political Science is delighted to announce it is making available scholarship funds for bright African students applying to the eligible Masters programmes listed below for the upcoming 2016/17 academic year.

Confirmed eligible programmes:


A full scholarship will cover fees and living costs, but the value for each student will be assessed according to financial need.  As well as studying for a prestigious London School of Economics MSc programme, all PfAL Scholarship recipients will benefit from an additional study seminar series plus automatic enrolment into the PfAL@LSE leadership programme which takes place throughout the year.

Commitment and benefit beyond LSE

PfAL scholarships are for people who share the vision and values of the PfAL Foundation and as such display a commitment to ethical, authentic and effective leadership in Africa. Beyond the initial award of a prestigious 12-month Masters scholarship, PfAL alumni also benefit from membership of the PfAL network of emerging African leaders.  All applicants should be prepared to sign up to the PfAL Leadership Code and commit to active participation in the Network. 


Applications are invited from ambitious, hard-working and committed candidates from sub-Saharan Africa who aspire to take up leadership positions in their home countries following their degree.  The following applicants are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • Applicants who have not previously studied outside Africa
  • Applicants from Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda.
  • Applicants from Nigeria and Ghana, particularly those with interest in public sector careers

In order to be considered for one of these awards, you must have a bachelor's degree and meet the minimum entry requirements for LSE's graduate programmes.  You can find details specific to your country/region here. (Click on a country/region, then choose the country where you took your degree qualification. Click on the flag to access specific country requirements)

If you meet the entry requirements, please complete a PfAL Phase 1 application form.  If your initial application is approved then you are eligible to apply for one of the selected MSc programmes (Phase 2) and complete a financial assessment form (Phase 3).  

Only Phase 1-approved candidates holding an offer of a place on one of the approved MSc programmes will be assessed for an award.  Assessment for an award will be made by the LSE Financial Awards Panel and on the basis of financial need.

Notification of the Award

All successful candidates will be notified of the outcome by email before 30th June 2016.

How to apply for a scholarship

Early application is essential as MSc programmes make offers on a rolling basis and may close to new applicants much earlier than the deadlines stated below. 

Please note there are three steps in the application process, all of which must be completed in order to be considered for a PfAL scholarship.

Phase 1: Pre-Application

Download the Pre-Application form here.

This is the pre-application phase and it will remain open until Friday February 19th 2016 initially.  Once the February 19th deadline has passed, any subsequent applications will be considered on a rolling basis only up until a pre-determined quota is reached.  The pre-application form should be sent to pfal@lse.ac.uk with all necessary attachments.  Candidates will be informed of the Phase 1 outcome within 10 working days of submitting.

There are two possible outcomes to a Phase 1 application:

  • If Successful: You have been selected as a potential candidate for PfAL funding and are invited to submit an application for graduate study at the School (see Phase 2 below).
  • If Unsuccessful: Unfortunately you have not been selected as an eligible candidate for PfAL funding however you are of course welcome to make an independent graduate application to the School if you so wish.

You are STRONGLY advised to complete and submit your Phase 2 application as soon as you have submitted Phase 1.  This is to ensure your preferred MSc programme does not reach full capacity before you have a chance to apply.

Phase 2: MSc Application

Applications are made online using the School’s graduate application form. Please ensure you first read through the guidance for applicants before you begin your application.

For your application you should also note the following important points:

  • Academic Transcripts
    An original (or certified copy) of your transcripts in English is required from all applicants.  You will need to request these from your previous university.  Scanned copies of transcripts are sufficient at application stage, however be aware that originals (or certified copies) will be required in the event an offer is made.
  • References
    Two academic references are required; however, if you completed your previous studies prior to 2013 you may submit one professional reference and one academic.  References must be submitted directly to the Graduate Admissions Office by your referees so you should contact them as soon as you begin your MSc application.
  • Application Fee
    Once you’re ready to submit your online application you will be asked to pay an application fee of GBP£50
  • English Language Requirement
    Although we do not require proof of it at application stage, please be aware that if your first language is not English, or if your previous university-level degree was not entirely taught and examined in English, any offer would be conditional on meeting the higher level of English language ability. Please find more information here.

In order to maximise your chances of receiving an admissions offer you are STRONGLY advised to submit your graduate application as early as possible.  If you wish to be considered for a PfAL Scholarship the latest possible date you can submit an MSc application is Thursday 31st March 2016 at 17.00 GMT.  Graduate applications received after this date will still be processed as usual but will not be considered for PfAL funding.  MSc applications will be assessed using standard School criteria and candidates will be informed of an admissions decision independently via the Graduate Admissions Office.  

NB: If you are prevented from using the online form because of internet connectivity issues please contact pfal@lse.ac.uk for advice.

Phase 3: Financial Application

Once you have submitted your MSc application, it may take up to 10 working days for it to be processed and uploaded into the School's systems.  You will then be sent detailed instructions regarding the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application.  While you are waiting you may familiarise yourself with the guidance for completing this form.   The online application form will be available until 17.00 GMT on Wednesday 27th April 2016 only.  After this date, applicants who have started but not submitted an application will have no opportunity to finish it, and applicants who have not started an application will not be able to apply.

Warning: If you leave your application to the last possible day to submit, you must accept the potential risk of non-submission due to unforeseen technical, internet or other factors.



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