The Leverhulme Trust has provided significant support for a Doctoral Scholarships Grant within the new International Inequalities Institute, in keeping with the School’s increased focus on interdisciplinary research which tackles inequality and social cohesion. The award will fund 15 doctoral scholarships, providing maintenance grants, tuition fees, and research and training expenses. It will go to those whose research relates to the topic of ‘the challenges of escalating inequalities’, and, from the start of the 2015/16 academic year, five students each year will be supported.
The LSE International Inequalities Institute aims to become the world’s premier centre for inter-disciplinary research on inequalities. As well as its research activity, the greatest impact of its work will be through informing and assessing policy solutions to the problem of inequalities. The recruitment and training of doctoral students and early career researchers will be central to this effort.
The Lees Charitable Foundation has extended its support for the endowed Lee Family Scholarship through a £900,000 gift. The Lee Family Scholarship currently supports one scholar from Hong Kong or mainland China, studying in the departments of Finance, Economics or Accountancy, and the gift will enable one additional scholar to be supported from 2016/17. The Lees Charitable Foundation will be added to the School's Benefactors’ Board in the Old Building entrance, recognising donors who have made transformative gifts to LSE.
A new scholarship has been established with the aim of fostering leadership and governance in sub-Saharan Africa. The Olam International Graduate Scholarship - Catalysing Change in African Markets will support a scholar from the region who is undertaking a one year taught master’s programme within the Department of Economics or the Department of International Development, and is committed to promoting positive change in their home country or region.