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 2018 entry, LSE has four scholarships to offer. Initial assessment is based on your Graduate Financial Support application. The deadline to submit was the 07 March 2018 but this has been extended to the 14 March 2018. 


  1. Awards are for full-time one-year taught postgraduate courses only. No awards will be made for undergraduate study.
  2. The following programmes are now confirmed for 2018. They are related to the economic, social and development of the student's home country.
    • MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation
    • MSc Global Health
    • MSc Environment and Development
    • MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies
  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 (countries to be confirmed), 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.
    5. 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.

Scholarship amount

  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.

How to apply

Enquiries and applications for admission to the School should be addressed to the LSE Graduate Admissions Office.

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 no later than June. 

While you may apply to more than one institution, only one offer of award may be accepted.

To apply for Commonwealth funding for programmes beginning in September 2018, you must:

  • Submit your application for the programme
  • Submit your Graduate Financial Support Application Form via LSE for You
  • Receive an offer of a place (conditional or unconditional)

by 14 March 2018. Please note the earlier deadline.

Please complete Section G: Personal Statement of the Graduate Financial Support Application Form in order to be considered for any other LSE Scholarships for which you meet the criteria. If you only wish to be considered for the Graduate Support Scheme, you do not need to complete the personal statement.

See how to apply for graduate study at LSE

The outcome to your Graduate Support Scheme application will be displayed after you have received an offer. Successful applicants selected for other LSE Scholarships or awards will be notified by the end of July 2018.