Applying for an LSE scholarship: an overview

There is much competition for both our scholarships and those offered by external organisations (such as Chevening Scholarships and Commonwealth Scholarships). 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 an offer of admission in time to have scholarship applications considered.

How to apply for admission

What is available 

The School is offering 63 new full studentships for new PhD students.  The studentships cover fees and living expenses of £18,000 each year for four years.  They are available for UK/EU or Overseas students undertaking research in any LSE discipline, with annual renewal subject to satisfactory academic performance at the School. The studentships will be awarded on academic merit.

Applicants wishing to be considered must submit a complete application for admission by the deadline set out by their department, further details are in the Graduate Prospectus

Information on the all the available programmes for study

In addition LSE offers funding via the Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC). More information on ESRC funding opportunities at LSE.

Our webpages are 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 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.

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:

Academic references

Where an academic reference is requested, application forms submitted without one will not be considered. The reference must be from someone who has present or past experience of your academic work (not a prospective LSE tutor). In cases where it is not possible to submit your application form and reference at the same time, your referee can send a reference directly to the Financial Support Office.

It is advisable to submit a reference specifically written for your scholarship application form, rather than re-using one used on your application for admission.

Information for referees (MRes/MPhil/PhD)

Closing dates

Please check relevant closing dates carefully as late applications will not be considered under any circumstances. The closing date refers to the date that your application must be received by LSE. 


It will normally state on the graduate admissions webtracker and the Financial Support web site when you can expect to receive a decision on your application. All applicants are notified of the outcome of their application in writing only, so it is vital that you provide your correspondence address (and if necessary, the dates when you will be at this address).

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.