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Diploma, LLM, MPA, MSc and MSc (Research) programmes

There are a range of awards available for study at this level.

Approximately 19% of taught masters offer holders are successful in obtaining some form of financial support from the School.

The value of support ranges in value from 10% of the tuition fee to a full fees and maintenance award.

Graduate Support Scheme

The Graduate Support Scheme is now open for applications to the 2017/18 session.

If you have already been assessed for the Graduate Support Scheme and have not received an award, then your application remains on file for consideration for any other awards being offered by LSE, for which you fit the criteria.

With the exception of Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding where there are separate department led processes in place. ESRC funding is relevant to Home UK and Home EU applicants only, and there are also subject restrictions in place.


We offer a range of awards based on different criteria such as a specific programme of study, nationality, or country of permanent domicile.

In addition, a number of external organisations offer funding to support postgraduate study. We recommend that applicants follow up as many avenues as possible to find funding. Please be aware that if you accept funding from an external source, it is your responsibility to check the terms of the award. Some awards are accompanied by specific terms and conditions which you should be sure you able to meet before accepting the award.

Information about other Awards offered by LSE or external organisations.

Please take some time to look at all the other awards available to support your study at LSE. The details of these awards are updated each October, but new LSE awards may become available during the course of the admissions cycle. We will only write to successful applicants for these awards. Selection for these awards is taking place between May and July 2017 and all successful applicants will be notified by 31 July 2017.

LSE Access to Education Graduate Scholarships

For 2017/18 entry LSE can award up to ten full scholarships for applicants with whose status is as follows on any MSc programme.  

  • Asylum seekers; or
  • A refugee; or
  • A person with humanitarian protection;

Priority will be given to those who are unable to access a postgraduate loan from Student Finance England (or its national equivalent In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), but each case will be assessed on need.  The maximum award will cover all fees due and up to £1,200 a month for maintenance for the duration of your programme. Deadline for application is 26 April 2017.

Applicants will be considered via the LSE Graduate Financial Support application. More information on the LSE Access to Education Graduate Scholarships. 

LSE Master's Awards (LMA's)

LSE Master’s Awards are part of LSE’s portfolio of funding for Postgraduate Taught Master’s students. The primary scheme for PGT students is the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS), which is designed to supplement other funding secured by a candidate (by way of savings, loans and external scholarships). 

Shortlisting for named awards is done from the long list of offer holders whose financial need is too great for the GSS, and who have indicated on their financial support application that they wish to be considered for other scholarships (by providing further information in the personal statement of the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application).

As named awards vary from year to year, a fund is set aside to provide a small number of LMA’s for those candidates who are not eligible for named awards, because of their restricted criteria. LMA’s are also used to supplement named awards where the latter are insufficient to meet the shortfall of the eligible candidate.

Preference is given to those from low and middle income countries, particularly if loan funding is not available or if those countries are under-represented in other award schemes administered by the School.

Awards can range in value from £5,000 to a full award.