LSE Master’s Awards (LMAs) are part of LSE’s portfolio of funding for taught master’s students. The primary scheme for these 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 scholarships created by donors to LSE 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 these scholarships vary from year to year, a fund is set aside to provide a small number of LMAs for those candidates who are not eligible for the available scholarships, because of their restricted criteria. LMAs are sometimes used to supplement scholarships where the funds are not sufficient to meet the shortfall of the eligible candidate.
Preference is given to those from low and middle income countries, particularly if loans are 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.