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Masters Scholarships

Applications for the 2014/2015 academic year have now closed. More information about the next round will be available online starting October 2014.

The LSE Middle East Centre Emirates Scholarship offers financial support to Arab nationals studying for a Master’s degree at LSE. The programme is open to all nationals of Arab League States who intend to focus their studies on the Middle East. The programme is funded by the Emirates Foundation.

The scholarship has a value of £30,000 which will cover full tuition fees with the remainder available to support living expenses in London.

Three scholarships will be offered each year, one of which will be given to an Emirati national.

The scholars will also be affiliated to the Middle East Centre for the duration of their degree and will be encouraged to participate in the Centre’s research activities.


The scholarship will cover the tuition fees for any one year full-time Master’s programme at LSE (taught or research)

Applicants must be nationals of an Arab League member State: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, occupied Palestinian territory, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria*, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen.

* Although Syria’s membership to the Arab League has been suspended, applicants from Syria are still eligible to apply.

Students who pursued their undergraduate studies in an Arab League member State (not necessarily their own) will be given priority.

Applicants must intend to focus their studies on the Middle East (defined here as the Arab League member States plus Turkey, Iran and Israel).

Students will be asked to prove that they will focus their studies on the Middle East through the modules they choose to enroll in or through their dissertation topic.

Examples of relevant modules include the following (this list may not be exhaustive):

How to apply

To be considered for this scholarship, you must have completed the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application Form and received an offer of admission (conditional or unconditional).

You must complete Section G - Personal Statement and include how you will focus on the Middle East during your programme at LSE.  

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.

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.

Selection Process

The selection of successful candidates will be made based on: 1. Merit, 2. Need, 3. Career Plans. All three criteria will be given equal importance.

A selection committee of 5 LSE Academics (from 4 different departments) will select the successful candidates based on the 3 criteria.

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

If needed, a Skype interview with the applicant may be scheduled as part of the selection process.