Graduate Support Scheme

LSE makes available approximately £3million 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, Overseas (including EU) students. 

After you submit your application for admission to LSE, you will be given access to the Graduate Application Portal. 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.

We will use the information you submit to consider you for an award from the Graduate Support Scheme and by completing the personal statement section, for any other LSE scholarships and awards you may be eligible for.

Please note that the Graduate Support Scheme Financial Support application is now closed for the 2024/25 academic session.  


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

  • The GSS assesses on financial need, applications are means tested, it is not assessing academic merit.
  • GSS awards are intended to supplement funding already secured or expected, and not to provide a full funding package to applicants.
  • Attempts to secure financial support from other sources (eg help from household, non-LSE scholarships, government awards, loans, etc) are therefore viewed very favourably.
  • Your chances of securing an award will increase if you provide as much information as possible about your individual financial situation.
  • 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.
  • The GSS is a competitive process, due to the large number of applicants applying, the means test threshold is set at a particularly low level.
  • Access to the online application will be provided once you have submitted your application for admission.
  • If you are offered a GSS award, the Financial Support Office will contact you and ask you to provide supporting documentation. If you are not able to provide the documentation or the documentation is not consistent with the information you supplied on the GSS form, we may amend or withdrawn your GSS award. 

Scholarship amount

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

This scheme is aimed at supplementing applicants who already have some form of funding secured and need a bit more to cover all the costs at LSE. If you have a greater need, and you submit a personal statement with your Graduate Financial Support Application, you will be considered for other LSE scholarships which can offer a higher level of funding.

Applying, deadlines and decisions

The Graduate Support Scheme has now closed for applications for the 2024/25 academic session.

For more information on the application process for the Graduate Support Scheme, application deadlines and how you will be notified regarding the outcome of your application, please visit our How to apply for a scholarship page.

Outcomes and Awards

GSS awards

If you are offered a GSS award, you will not normally be considered for any further funding from LSE, as a GSS award will cover 100% of your funding shortfall as calculated by the Graduate Financial Support application.

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.

Further information on the terms and conditions attached to all Graduate Support Scheme awards: Graduate Support Scheme award conditions

Other LSE awards

Unfortunately we do not have sufficient funding to be able to support as many applicants as we would like with awards from the Graduate Support Scheme. Competition for scholarships at Masters level is very strong.

If you are not offered a GSS award, you will be considered for all the other LSE awards for which you are eligible, using the information you provided on the Graduate Financial Support Application. 

Please note that LSE expects all students who register on a programme of study, regardless of its duration, to register with sufficient funds for the duration of their programme. There is no opportunity to apply to the GSS or for an LSE Scholarship once you have joined the School.

GSS for double degree students

If you are an applicant to a double degree programmes, you are eligible to apply to the LSE Graduate Support Scheme for Year 2 at LSE. You will be invited to submit an LSE Graduate Financial Support Application during your first year (whilst at LSE's partner institution).

Applicants to any double degree programmes where you study at LSE for Year 1, should apply for LSE funding in the standard way referred to above.

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.

Submit additional information to review Graduate Support Scheme eligibility

Now that the Graduate Support Scheme has closed, we cannot consider any changes to the information already submitted in the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application. 

We can only re-consider your eligibility to the Graduate Support Scheme in the event that your circumstances have substantially changed since the submission of your LSE Graduate Financial Support Application and you are able to provide specific additional information to support this, e.g. changes to any figures that make up your secured funding.