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.

We are no longer open for applications to the 2020/21 session. Please return here for updates on applications for the 2021/22 session. 

Eligibility

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 do 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.

More Frequently asked questions

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.

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 2020 is the 27 April 2020 (applications close at 5pm UK time). 

The Graduate Support Scheme is now closed for 2020 entry. The outcome of applications submitted by the deadline and where an offer of admission was also received can be found on the application tracker via LSE for You. 

In order to be considered for funding, you must  have received either an unconditional or a conditional offer of a place by 27 April 2020.

We recommend that your application for admission is submitted well in advance of the April funding 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 if you complete the personal statement section, 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

Decisions 

If you hold an offer of admission and submit the Graduate Financial Support Application you will normally receive an instant decision via the Graduate Admissions' web tracker system. This is because the online application is able to automatically calculate an outcome from all the specific information you will have entered into the form.

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 submit an application after receiving an offer of admission, then there is no need to wait for a response as you will be able to see the updated outcome on the Graduate Admissions' web tracker system.

Sections where we ask for free text responses are used to consider you for any other LSE scholarships offered for which you are eligible. Those decisions on other LSE Scholarships are released throughout May, June and July.

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. 

We will only write to successful applicants regarding the outcome of these awards. Successful applicants will be contacted throughout May and June as decisions are made, we hope to have notified all successful applicants by the end of July 2020. If you have not heard from the Financial Support Office by 31 July 2020, your application has been unsuccessful.

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 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.

Submit additional information to review Graduate Support Scheme eligibility

Please note that we are no longer able to accept additional information forms, any that have been submitted will be reviewed in conjunction with the original Graduate Financial Support Form throughout May and June with decisions sent out by the end of July. 

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 additional information to support this.

Please submit the attached online form detailing the change and any additional information you can provide. This will be reviewed along with your original application and you will be contacted by email with an update to your outcome.

You can also submit this form to advise us of any change in your refugee status or if you are an asylum seeker.

If you have any queries then please contact the team by email at financial-support@lse.ac.uk

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