Refugee Scholarships

Refugee Scholarships

LSE is significantly increasing its funding for scholarships for asylum seekers and refugees, in response to the on-going crisis across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The School will increase the funds available to nearly £500,000 per year for students classified as asylum seekers, or those awaiting the outcome of an asylum application, and who have been offered a place to study at the School.

LSE is offering up to ten full scholarships for postgraduate offer holders, with refugee or asylum seeker status. 

These scholarships will be based on financial need, and are designed to help with the tuition fees and living costs.

The scholarship selection will be made via the application to the Graduate Support Scheme (further details below).

Please note you must complete Section G - Personal Statement, use this section to explain fully your background and wherever you are in the process of applying for refugee status, as much detail as possible will be helpful.

Priority will also be given to students who are applying for their first Master's programme and to recent graduates who were eligible for a needs based maintenance support during their undergraduate studies. 

How to apply

To be considered for this scholarship, you must have completed the 2017/18 LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form and received an offer of admission (conditional or unconditional) by 5pm UK time on 26 April 2017. You must complete Section G - Personal Statement.

When you submit an application for admission to a taught masters programme, the Graduate Admissions Office will acknowledge your application and provide information about how to set up an LSE For You online account. This account will allow you to track the progress of your application for admission, and will provide you with access to the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application Form. The LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form will be available until 26 April 2017.

Selection for this scholarship will take place between May and July 2017 and we will only notify the successful recipient(s) by the end of July 2017. If you have not heard from the Financial Support Office by the end of July 2017, you must assume your application has been unsuccessful. We will notify successful applicants only.

How to apply for admission

Tracking your application

If you complete the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form, you will also be considered for support from the LSE Graduate Support Scheme. Being unsuccessful with your application to the Graduate Support Scheme does not preclude you from being considered for other awards such as this one.

Graduate Support Scheme Overview

LSE's major financial support scheme for study at taught master's level is the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS). This scheme is open to all applicants from all countries in the world, with the exception of those undertaking specific modular or executive programmes such as the MSc Finance (Part time) or the MSc Health Economics, Policy and Management.

Around £2.6 million is available annually in the form of awards from the Graduate Support Scheme. The Scheme is designed to help students who do not have sufficient funds to meet all their costs of study. GSS awards range in value from £5,000 to a maximum of £15,000. 

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