Executive MSc in Cities Scholarships

One of the Executive MSc in Cities key priorities is ensuring that outstanding candidates are able to participate in the programme, even if they are without the means to meet the full costs of their study.

In line with the successful Urban Age model, the programme seeks to bring together stakeholders from as wide a range of contexts as possible, thereby broadening access to knowledge and debate around the way we design and govern our cities

LSE Cities is running two scholarship schemes for outstanding 2017/18 Executive MSc in Cities applicants. Both are open to applicants of any nationality or current residence who are able to demonstrate financial need.

The Urban Age Scholarships offer up to £15,000 of tuition fee support and are open to applicants from all professional backgrounds.

The Bloomberg Scholarships for Public Service offer up to £31,140 of tuition fee support and are open to applicants working in the public sector.

As only a limited number of awards are available, LSE Cities will use a selection process that will consider both the quality of the applicant and their financial need.

Please note that both schemes use the same online application form. LSE Cities will decide which scheme the applicant will be considered for. The deadline to complete the scholarship application process is 12.00 GMT (noon) on Monday 24 April 2017. All decisions will be released by the end of June 2017.

Urban Age Scholarships

Background

The Urban Age Scholarships are funded through the Urban Age Programme, a joint initiative between LSE Cities and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, the international forum of Deutsche Bank. They are intended to provide financial assistance to outstanding Executive MSc in Cities applicants in the private, public and third sectors who would not be otherwise able to meet the cost of tuition fees.

Who can apply?

The Urban Age Scholarships are open to all 2017/18 Executive MSc in Cities applicants who are unable to fund their studies without financial assistance, regardless of their professional background, nationality or current residence.

Available support

The maximum support offered by the Urban Age Scholarship is £15,000 towards tuition fees. Smaller amounts may also be awarded.

No financial support is available for non-tuition fee costs, such as living expenses, travel or accommodation during study weeks. Successful recipients are expected to ensure that these costs are met by non-LSE sources.

Bloomberg Scholarships for Public Service

Background

The Bloomberg Scholarships for Public Service are funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, a charitable foundation that works to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. As such, the Bloomberg Scholarships for Public Service provide financial support for outstanding participants who work in the public sector (both at a national and local governmental level) who would be otherwise unable to meet the tuition fees of the Executive MSc in Cities.

Who can apply?

The Bloomberg Scholarship for Public Service are open to all 2017/18 Executive MSc in Cities applicants who work in the public sector and are unable to fund their studies without financial assistance, regardless of their nationality or current residence.

Available support

The maximum award for the Bloomberg Scholarships in public service is £31,140 (the full cost of 2017/18 Executive MSc in Cities tuition fees). Smaller awards are also available.

No financial support is available for non-tuition fee costs, such as living expenses, travel or accommodation during study weeks. Successful recipients are expected to ensure that these costs are met by non-LSE sources.

Application process

Both the Urban Age Scholarships and the Bloomberg Scholarships for Public Service use the same online application form. LSE Cities will decide which scheme an applicant is considered using the following guidelines:

• Applicants from the private and third sectors will only be considered for the Urban Age Scholarships, which offers a maximum award of £15,000.
• Applicants from the public sector will be considered for both the Urban Age Scholarships and the Bloomberg Scholarships for Public Service if they request £15,000 or less.
• Applicants from the public sector who request more that £15,000 will be considered for the Bloomberg Scholarships for Public Service only.

LSE Cities is not able to provide additional financial support to help pay for living costs, accommodation or travel. Recipients of the Urban Age Scholarships and Bloomberg Scholarships for Public Service will be expected to ensure that these costs are met by non-LSE sources.

Selection

As scholarship funding is limited, the selection panel will allocate awards according to a variety of factors, including the quality of applicants and their financial need. Applicant quality will be assessed using information from their Executive MSc in Cities programme application. Financial need will be evaluated using information provided on the scholarship application form.

Applicants should carefully consider how much financial support they require before submitting their scholarship application. The panel will look favourably on applicants who can demonstrate that they have made efforts to secure funding from non-LSE sources.

Please note that successful candidates may be asked to provide proof of their financial need, such as payslips or bank statements. Recipients of the Bloomberg Scholarship for Public Service may also be asked to provide evidence that they are employed in the public sector.

Scholarship decisions will be released by the end of June 2017. All scholarship decisions are final and no appeals are possible.

How to apply

In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must complete BOTH of the following steps by 12.00 (noon) on 24 April 2017.

Step 1: Programme application

Apply for the Executive MSc in Cities using the LSE Online Application System. More information about what you will need to provide in your applications is available here.

As part of the programme application process, applicants will be asked to provide details of two referees. These referees will be automatically sent a reference request by LSE Graduate Admissions. Referees must respond to this request by 12.00 (noon) on Monday 1 May 2017 in order for the scholarship application to be considered.

Step 2: Scholarship application

Submit a scholarship application using the Executive MSc in Cities online Scholarship Application Form.

As the form must be completed in a single session, applicants should collect the following information in advance (please note that all financial amounts should be in £ sterling)

• Expected net (after tax) income from October 2016 to September 2017
• Expected net (after tax) income from October 2017 to September 2018
• Details of expected financial contributions towards your studies (including the source of the contribution and the amount they are able to contribute)
• Details of additional sources of income (such as savings and social security benefits)
• Details of other forms of financial support you have applied for or have secured (including the source of the support, the status of the application and the expected/secured amount)
• Details of loans that are available to you (including the source of the loan, the status of the application and the expected/secured amount in £ sterling)
• The minimum amount of financial support that you require from the Urban Age Scholarship and/or the Bloomberg Scholarship in Public Service to allow you to attend the Executive MSc in Cities
• Expected costs of accommodate and travel to and from London for all five teaching weeks
• Any additional information that you believe is relevant to your application that is not included in the scholarship form or your programme application.

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