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Funding, Research and Study Opportunities

The FLIA provides a range of opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to further their research and engagement with Africa.

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Africa PhD Research Day open for submissions

The Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa has announced its inaugural Africa Research Day, which invites PhD students at LSE who research the African continent to showcase their work.

PhD researchers and applicants at any stage of their studies across all LSE departments are invited to participate. Researchers will discuss various topics including health, development, economics, sociology, finance and more. PhD students of African heritage are particularly encouraged to present their work. The event will also include a keynote lecture by Dr Lucy Kanya, a Research Fellow at LSE’s Department of Health Policy.

The full-day event will take place at LSE on Wednesday 25 May 2022. Online attendance is also available.

Learn about the Africa PhD Research Day 2022.


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Study at the world's leading dedicated social science institution

LSE offers various opportunities for African nationals to undertake study or research at the institution. Every year, over 200 Africans from at least 30 countries come to LSE on short courses, fellowships and taught and research programmes that are available across 19 departments.

At LSE, you will be part of an international student body of over 150 nationalities. During your time here you can tap into the knowledge and expertise of leading thinkers and experts in social science, participate in widely attended events with speakers from across the globe and build a network in one of the most diverse campuses in the world.




LSE and external organisations offer a number of scholarships for African students to study at LSE. The value of support ranges in value from 10 per cent of the tuition fee to a full fees and maintenance award.

Approximately 19 per cent of taught masters offer holders are successful in obtaining some form of financial support from the School.

We will continue compiling a list of funding opportunities to study at LSE for the 2020/21 academic year. 

Current funding opportunities here.



British Academy Newton International Fellowship Scheme

The Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa supports the most promising early-career post-doctoral researchers from overseas aligned to its research areas. Every year the British Academy launches the Newton International Fellowship Scheme, and the Institute accepts researchers through the scheme to work for two years at LSE in London, with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations. 

To learn more about how the FLIA can support your application, please send a summary (500 words) of your research idea and how it will fit our research areas along with your CV (2 pages) by email to Melissa Anderson (

Learn more about the fellowship scheme.


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LSE Master's Dissertation on Africa Prize

Aimed at encouraging and celebrating LSE's outstanding research on Africa, the Master's Dissertation on Africa Prize will award the year's most innovative and significant Master’s dissertations that further our understanding of the continent.

Submissions are open for the Master's Dissertation on Africa Prize for 2020/21. Entries must be an Msc dissertation within the academic year awarded a distinction, which can be from any LSE department and in any discipline. The deadline for submissions is 13 December 2021.

This year up to six outstanding dissertations will be awarded, with each student receiving £500 and invited to contribute a blog piece related to their research for the prestigious Africa at LSE platform. 

Learn about the Africa Dissertation Prize.



Programme for African Leadership

The Programme for African Leadership is an extracurricular leadership and networking programme for African graduate students studying at LSE.

The Programme was established at by the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa to empower a new generation of African leaders who will promote best practices of economic and social development in their organisations and countries.

Learn more about the Programme for African Leadership.



LSE PhD students working on Africa

There are many ways for LSE PhD students working on Africa to become involved with the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa.

PhD students nearing the end of their degrees may want to consider applying for an early career fellowship through the FLIA if their research agenda has an Africa-focused topic. Such postdoctoral fellowship schemes are often offered on a yearly basis by UK granting organisations through a competitive application process.

There are also opportunies for becoming involved with the FLIA event programme, writing for the Africa at LSE blog and contributing to a range of ongoing creative iniativies such as workshops and podcasts.

Find about more information here.




Firoz Lalji PhD Thesis Prize 2022

The Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa is pleased to launch the inaugural Firoz Lalji PhD Thesis Prize, with submissions open for 2022. Awarded for an outstanding contribution to knowledge on Africa, the prize will be awarded every two years to a first- and second-place PhD thesis based at LSE, where the work will be promoted and the researchers will receive £1,000 and £500 respectively.

Eligible dissertations for the 2022 prize must be passed at LSE within 2019-2021; submitted by the host LSE department; include a letter of recommendation from the PhD student’s supervisor. Any subject from any department is permissible, if the dissertation is focussed on Africa.

Learn about the Firoz Lalji PhD Thesis Prize.