Applying for an LSE scholarship: an overview

There is much competition for both our scholarships and those offered by other organisations such as the British Council. LSE's world class graduate programmes attract a consistently high calibre of applicants, many of whom seek financial support from the School. Unfortunately, we receive many more applications for support than there are awards available and we have to disappoint many able and deserving candidates.

Securing financial assistance can be a long and time consuming process so you should start to think about it as soon as you begin to consider undertaking graduate study.

Application process

To give yourself the best possible chance of success, forward planning is essential. The Graduate Admissions Office accepts applications for admission to the School from October each year for entry in the following October and it is advisable to apply as early as possible for a place at the School. 

Early application ensures you have the best chance of receiving support from the Graduate Support Scheme and being considered for other LSE Awards you are eligible for.

How to apply for admission

What is available 

Please read through the information on this site about the different scholarships that are offered by LSE. The site is updated in October each year for the subsequent academic session. New scholarships may become available during the course of the year. We recommend you check this website on a regular basis.

Please read all the information carefully as in some cases you may need to contact other agencies or organisations. If a separate contact address is given, the Financial Support Office is unlikely to hold any additional information.

Where application for the scholarship is via LSE, and unless otherwise specified, you must complete the online LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form, which is available on the Graduate Admissions' web tracker system once you apply for admission.

You will be automatically considered for all the scholarships for which you are eligible by completing and submitting the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application. It is therefore only necessary to complete application form once, regardless of how many awards you would like to be considered for. The form will be available until 26 April 2017 and you must be holding an offer of admission by this date to be considered for financial support.

How to complete the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application

It is also advisable to carry out your own research into what is available. The best source of information is the internet, but you may also find information in a good public library or in a local British Council Office.

The following may also be useful:

Please also see the Grant making bodies web page which has information about external (non-LSE) organisations that offer funding.


We aim to notify you of your Graduate Support Scheme outcome at the point of an offer of admission to the School being made. Please do not contact us before you receive a formal offer of admission. If you do not receive an offer of admission, the data you have submitted will be destroyed.

If you have submitted an application after receiving an offer of admission, then there is no need to wait for a response and you will be able to see the outcome on your web tracker record immediately.

The information you have provided on your LSE Graduate Financial Support Application will also be used to consider you for any other scholarships we have available for which you meet the eligibility criteria. We will only write to successful applicants regarding the outcome of these awards. Successful applicants will be notified by 31 July 2017

Under-funded students

If you register at LSE, you will be expected to be able to fund your studies fully throughout the length of your programme. Under no circumstances can the School help in cases where students have knowingly registered under-funded.

If you are unable to secure sufficient funds for your course, you may wish to consider the possibility of deferring your entry to the following academic session.