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Apply for a Lalji LSE PfAL scholarship

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2015/16 Programme

Through the continuing generous support of the Lalji family and the Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) Foundation, LSE is delighted to announce that it is making available a significant scholarship fund for bright African students applying to the eligible Masters programmes listed below for the 2015/16 academic year.

Confirmed eligible programmes:

Programmes subject to final confirmation:*

*The eligibility of these additional programmes for PfAL funding will be confirmed by end of February 2015 and will in part depend on demand. Successful Phase 1 applicants will be advised of the final eligible set of programmes before they submit their Phase 2 applications.

Scholarship

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 Lalji 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

The Lalji PfAL scholarships are for people who share the vision and values of the PfAL Foundation - 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. 

Eligibility

In 2015/16, the scholarships are open to applicants from across the whole of sub-Saharan Africa, however a minimum of 15 places will be reserved for applicants from Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda.  Applicants who have not previously studied outside Africa are particularly encouraged to apply.

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 2015.

How to apply for a scholarship

The application process covers three sequential stages, each of which is outlined below.

Phase 1: Pre-Application

Download the Phase 1 Pre-Application form here|

This is the pre-application phase and it will remain open until 1st March 2015 initially.  Once the 1st March deadline has passed, any subsequent applications will be considered on a rolling basis only up until a pre-determined quota is reached.  The first 50 successful Phase 1 applicants will be granted a fee waiver worth GBP£50 when applying for graduate study

There are two possible outcomes to a Phase 1 application:

  1. 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). 
      
  2. 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.

Important:
Even whilst completing your Phase 1 application, you should look ahead to Phase 2 to ensure you have all of the necessary documentation ready and if not, request missing items now to avoid delay.

Phase 2: MSc Application

If you are successful in Phase 1: Pre-Application, you will be invited to submit the 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 can be provided online initially, however 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 2012 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.  However, if you have received confirmation of a fee waiver from Phase 1 (see terms detailed in Phase 1) then you will be able to submit your application free of charge.
  • 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.

If you wish to be considered for a Lalji PfAL Scholarship you MUST submit your MSc application no later than Wednesday 1st April 2015 at 17.00 GMT.  You are STRONGLY advised to submit as early as possible.  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 the 27th April 2015 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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