LSE Scholarships for UK and International Students – Study for Free in London, UK

London School of Economics and Political Science offers several LSE scholarships each year, with funding provided by individual or corporate donations. The quantity, amount, requirements for eligibility, and kinds of scholarships change from year to year.

LSE Scholarships for UK and International Students
LSE Scholarships for UK and International Students

London School of Economics and Political Science

The London School of Economics and Political Science is a member institution of the University of London and a public research university in London, England. There are 55 former or current heads of state or government among the LSE’s alumni and professors, along with 18 Nobel laureates. Three Nobel Prizes for Peace and two Nobel Prizes for Literature have also been won by LSE graduates and teachers. A global census of US dollar billionaires conducted in 2014 revealed that LSE has produced the most billionaires (11) of any European university.

LSE Scholarships for PhD and Masters Programs

Graduate students at LSE are given significant scholarships every year. Additionally, there are financing options available from international governments, research bodies, and other organizations. Here is a brief introduction to some of the LSE Scholarships:

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1. LSE PhD Studentships

LSE will provide studentships in the forms of LSE PhD Studentships, LSE DTP ESRC Studentships, and London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) Studentships to new PhD students beginning in 2024.


LSE PhD Studentships are four-year contracts that include full tuition coverage and an annual salary of £20,622 for 2023 entrance. Students from the UK and other countries who are conducting research in any LSE discipline may apply, with the possibility of annual renewal contingent upon meeting academic standards.


High-caliber students from all nationalities who are enrolled in the School’s several research fields are eligible for the awards.

LSE PhD Studentships Deadline

  • Deadline for the research program in the Law School for 2024 entry: 1 December 2023
  • Deadline for the research program in the Department of Economics for 2024 entry (including PhD Studentships and ESRC funding: 14 December 2023
  • Deadline for the first round of PhD Studentships and for ESRC funding for 2024 entry: 15 January 2024
  • Deadline for the second round of PhD Studentships for 2024 entry: 25 April 2024

Application Procedure

Academic departments put applicants forward for review by a School panel for any PhD funding they might be qualified for. Each of these studentships is available without a separate application.

Your complete application for admission to LSE must be received by a particular deadline in order to be eligible for this award.

More details here.

2. The London Arts and Humanities Partnership – LAHP Studentship for PhD Students

The Arts and Humanities Research Council funds LAHP (London Arts and Humanities Partnership), which includes LSE. These studentships are open to applicants from all countries. The Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and eight partners from higher education institutions (HEI) are co-funding the LAHP Doctoral Training Partnership.

Benefits and Duration of LAHP Studentship

The studentship includes an annual stipend at the Research Council UK Home (which for 2022 entry was £19,668) plus fees for three years of full-time study. LAHP also welcomes applications for part-time study. CDAs are funded for three and a half years and include an annual stipend top-up of £550.

Studentships are available for three years and include an annual stipend of £19,668 for 2022 admission as well as full tuition (for international students, LSE will pay the difference between UK and overseas fees). Additionally, LSE will pay all costs and a stipend for a fourth year.


LAHP welcomes applications:

  • ‘home’ applications and ‘foreign’ (including EU) applicants;
  • throughout all of LAHP’s artistic and literary disciplines, including practice-based and interdisciplinary research (for the open competition);
  • recent graduates of master’s programs, as well as those with appropriate professional or practical experience;
  • from people looking to enroll in either full- or part-time classes;
  • from candidates of various ages and educational backgrounds.

Students supported by the LAHP have the option of applying for additional funding to support their participation in fieldwork, conference presentations, and specialized training outside of the scope of the LAHP research training program.

LAHP Studentship Timeline

On November 27, 2023, applications for the LAHP Open Studentship Competition for 2024/25 entries will be accepted.

How to Apply for LAHP Studentship

To be considered for an LAHP studentship for 2024 entry, students need to have applied for their chosen program of studies. They will also need to submit a separate funding application to LAHP.

For more details go here or visit here to apply for LAHP Studentship.

3. ESRC Studentships

The LSE has a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and there are ESRC studentships available for a variety of programs spanning 19 departments. All nationalities of students are eligible for ESRC support.

Fees, a stipend, and various forms of supplementary support are offered by ESRC Studentships. Here is where you may find more details.

Benefits and Duration

ESRC Studentships will cover a three-year PhD program, a two-year MRes program that is linked to two years of study, or a one-year master’s degree in research training.

The stipend for the 2022 entrance was £19,668, and ESRC Studentships pay the full tuition (for international students, LSE will pay the difference between UK and abroad costs).

For ESRC-funded students, additional DTP funding is available to support challenging language training, fieldwork, international institution visits, and collaborative research projects.


For a variety of programs, ESRC studentships are offered. There is a cap on the number of studentships that can be given to international students, including EU students, however, students of all nationalities are still eligible for ESRC financing.

More details about ESRC Studentships are here.

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4. LSE Scholarships for Master Programs

Each year, the LSE awards significant scholarships to graduate students from the UK, the EU, and beyond. Amounts of financial assistance from the School are successfully secured by about 19% of taught master’s offer holders. The amount of assistance varies, from 10% of the tuition to a complete award for fees and upkeep.

Host CountryUnited Kingdom
Host InstituteLondon School of Economics and Political Science
LevelTaught Masters
Eligible NationalityUK, UE, International
BenefitsVary according to scholarship type
Duration1-2 Year
Closing Date26 April 2024 usually (may vary for some scholarships)
Summary of the LSE Scholarships for Master Programs

i. Ann Denis Scholarship

A student from a Commonwealth nation who is enrolled in any full-time master’s program offered by the Department of Sociology is eligible for one scholarship. £25,920 is the scholarship award amount.

Details here.

ii. CV Starr Scholarship

Any master’s program with a taught component lasting one year is eligible for funding. The following countries must be represented on the application form: Burma, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

One prize worth around £5,000 is available.

More details.

iii. Hosh Ibrahim African Scholarship

The newly established Hosh Ibrahim African Scholarship is a great honor for LSE. Students who accept offers of admission from the Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Public Policy (MPP) programs within the School of Public Policy and who are typically residents of Africa will be given preference for awards from the funds available thanks to a kind donation to LSE. There is funding exclusively for tuition costs. This grant will not include any funding for living expenses.

Deadline: 12 January 2024

More details.

iv. Peruvian Scholarship for Public Service

The Peruvian Scholarship for Public Service is given to candidates who are normally Peruvian citizens and are enrolled at the School of Public Policy.

By Friday, January 12, 2024, submit a comprehensive program application to at least one qualified program using the LSE Online Application System. When an application is complete, all pertinent files have been uploaded and both references have been contacted.

Programmes included

  • The Master in Public Administration (MPA)
  • The Master in Public Policy (MPP)
  • The MPA in Data Science for Public Policy (MPA-DSPP)

Details here.

v. Need-based awards

London School of Economics and Political Science offers a range of needs-based awards for diploma study and taught master’s programs. This includes:

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vi. Jennifer Pinney Masters Scholarship

The Jennifer Pinney Masters Scholarship covers all of a domestic UK student’s tuition costs. Any offer holder for a one- or two-year full-time master’s program may apply for the scholarship. The scholarship is a charitable endowment created in memory of Jennifer Pinney, a former employee who retired after 25 years of service to LSE.

Benefits: Full Tuition Fee

How to Apply for LSE Scholarships for Master Programs

April 25, 2024, at 17:00 UK time, is the deadline for students who want to begin their studies at LSE in the academic year 2024–2025 to submit their Graduate Financial Support Application.

To apply for this and other LSE scholarships, you must have:

  • Applied for admission to study at LSE; see How to apply
  • Submitted the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application
  • Received an offer of admission

Early application ensures you have the best chance of receiving support from the Graduate Support Scheme and being considered for other LSE Awards for which you are eligible.

For more details and to Apply for LSE Scholarships for Master Programs here.

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