Graduate Support Scheme

LSE makes available £3.2 million annually in the form of awards from the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS) for students applying for diploma and taught master's programmes.

The GSS is needs based and provides funding for UK, EU and overseas students.


This scheme is open to all applicants for diploma and taught master's study, with the exception of those undertaking specific modular or executive programmes such as the MSc Finance (Part time), the MSc Health Economics, Policy and Management and the MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy.

Double degree students are also eligible for the GSS for their time at LSE - please refer to the information in the 'GSS for double degree programmes' section.

Points of note

1. GSS awards are intended to supplement funding already secured or expected, and not to provide a full funding package to applicants.

2. Attempts to secure financial support from other sources (eg help from household, non-LSE scholarships, government awards, loans, etc) are therefore viewed very favourably.

3. Your chances of securing an award will increase if you provide as much information as possible about your individual financial situation.

4. Concealing information or being dishonest normally only disadvantages an applicant. This is because we can only assess if we are able to assist an applicant, and the appropriate level of an award, if we have a full picture of an applicant's financial situation.

5. Because of the large numbers of applicants applying, the means test threshold is set at a particularly low level.

6. Access to the online application will be provided once you have submitted your applciation for admission.

Graduate Support Scheme award conditions

More Frequently asked questions

Scholarship amount

The value of GSS awards ranges from £5,000 to £15,000, depending on financial need.

A total of £3.2 million is available annually through the Graduate Support Scheme.

How to apply

After you submit your application for admission to LSE, you will be given access to the Graduate Application Tracker online system, called LSE for You. This allows you to track all aspects of your application for admission and will include a link to the LSE Graduate Financial Support online application.

The deadline for completing the form for those starting at LSE in 2018 is 26 April 2018 (applications close at 5pm UK time). In order to be considered for funding, you must also have received an unconditional or a conditional offer of a place by 26 April 2018.

Therefore your application for admission should be submitted well in advance of the April deadline. Read the guidance on when to apply for admission.

Funds are limited and we recommend you apply for funding as soon as possible.

We will use the information on the form to consider you for the Graduate Support Scheme and for any other LSE scholarships and awards you may be eligible for.

Your financial information will not be considered as part of your application for a place at the School.

How to complete the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application


We aim to notify you of the outcome of your application for the GSS at the point you receive an offer of admission to the School. 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. You will be able to see the outcome on the Graduate Admissions' web tracker system.

Graduate Support Scheme award conditions

More Frequently asked questions

GSS awards and other LSE awards

If you are offered a GSS award, you will not be considered for any other LSE award.

If you are not offered a GSS award, you will be considered for any other awards for which you are eligible, using the information provided on the Graduate Financial Support Application. We will only write to successful applicants regarding the outcome of these awards. Successful applicants will be notified by 31 July 2018. If you have not heard from the Financial Support Office by 31 July 2018, your application has been unsuccessful.

If your financial circumstances, fee status, mode of study or programme of study changes, any award will be reviewed and may be amended or withdrawn.

GSS for double degree students

If you are an applicant to one of the following double degree programmes, you are eligible to apply to the Graduate Support Scheme but you will need to apply, once accepted as a student, during your first year (whilst at LSE's partner institution), and not before beginning the programme as a whole.

We will contact you to invite you to apply whilst you are in your first year of study.

  • MSc in Affaires Internationales and International Relations or International Political Economy (LSE and Sciences Po)
  • Double Degree European Studies (LSE and Sciences Po)
  • MSc in International Affairs (LSE and PKU)
  • MSc in Public Administration and Government (LSE and PKU)
  • MSc International and World History (LSE and Columbia)
  • MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po)

Applicants to the MSc in Global Media and Communications (with either USC, PKU or UCT), should apply to the Graduate Support Scheme in the normal way.

Please note that LSE expects all students who register on a programme of study, regardless of its duration or whether one or more years takes place at a partner institution, to register with sufficient funds for the duration of their programme. Since there is no guarantee of receiving funding from the Graduate Support Scheme for the second year of your programme, it is important that you consider alternative options to ensure you can finance two years of study.

Student stories


"I was lucky enough to receive funding from the LSE Graduate Support Scheme in order to assist me with the financial costs of my study - without this support I wouldn't have been able to pursue a master's."

Tom Rooke
Dorchester, UK
MSc History of International Relations
Graduate Support Scheme