Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Awards made under this scheme are jointly funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), as part of the British aid programme to developing countries, and participating institutions in the United Kingdom. The scheme is administered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK.

The aim of the scheme is to assist students of excellent academic calibre from developing Commonwealth countries who would benefit from higher education in the United Kingdom, to the developmental advantage of their home countries, but who, for financial reasons, are unable to study in Britain and are outside the scope of other British Government Support Schemes.

For 2017 entry, LSE is able to offer three CSSS awards.

Eligibility criteria

  1. Awards are for full time one year taught postgraduate courses only. No awards will be made for undergraduate study.
  2. Subjects must be related to the economic, social and technological development of the student's home country. Taught Postgraduate courses at the LSE for which CSSS awards are considered to be applicable
  3. Candidates are normally expected to hold a first degree at either first class or upper second class level.
  4. They must also confirm that candidates are sufficiently fluent in written and oral English to pursue their proposed studies immediately, as no pre-course English Language teaching is available under these awards.
  5. Candidates who have already studied for one year or more in a developed country or who possess sufficient resources to self-fund, are not eligible for an award.
  6. Candidates must certify in writing that they:
  1. Are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) an eligible Commonwealth developing country, and not at present living or studying in a developed country;
  2. Have not undertaken studies lasting one year or more in a developed country;
  3. Are themselves, or through their families, unable to pay to study in the United Kingdom;
  4. Will return to their home country as soon as their award ends.

Candidates are advised that false declarations will cause at least DFID's share of the award to be terminated, even if the course of study has started. In such circumstances, the candidates will be required to refund any payments made by DFID in connection with the award.

Value of awards

  1. DFID and participating United Kingdom institutions will jointly meet the full costs of an award holder's study in the United Kingdom, including airfares to and from the United Kingdom. Maintenance allowance is paid by the scholar's host institution.
  2. A grant of up to £225 to cover thesis (Master's) costs is available; the cost of up to 10 kilograms of accompanied excess air baggage (books only) is also available for scholars returning home at the end of their awards.
  3. For those on courses of two years or more, an annual return airfare will be provided.
  4. No additional allowances are paid for spouses or other dependants.

LSE application instructions

Enquiries and applications for admission to the School should be addressed to the Graduate Admissions Office at the School's address. 

Applications for a CSSS award should be made directly to the institution at which candidates wish to study, via the relevant application forms. The sponsoring institutions will be the judges of academic calibre and will forward their nominations to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK for its agreement. Institutions will normally advise candidates of the result not later than June. 

You should note that although they may apply to more than one institution, only one offer of award may be accepted.

To  be considered for this scholarship, you must have completed the 2017/18 LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form and have received an offer of admission (conditional or unconditional) by 07 March 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. 

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.