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

For 2018/19 Executive MSc in Cities applicants, LSE Cities is running the Urban Age Scholarships scheme which offers up to £15,000 of tuition fee support to outstanding candidates. This scheme is open to all applicants who are unable to meet the full cost of tuition, regardless of nationality, current residence or professional background.

As only a limited number of awards are available, LSE Cities uses a selection process that considers both the quality of the applicant and their financial need. The former will be judged on the information provided in the programme application (submitted through Graduate Admissions) and the latter will be assessed according to information provided in the LSE Cities Scholarship Application Form.

The deadline to complete the LSE Cities scholarship application process is 12.00 GMT (noon) on Monday 26 March 2018. Full details of the application process are outlined below. Applicants must complete all steps by the deadline in order to be considered for a scholarship. All decisions were released at the end of May 2017.


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.

The selectors will review all applications and will choose a shortlist for interview. These interviews will take place on Thursday 26 April 2018 and will be conducted via Skype. In-person interviews are not offered in order to ensure fairness to all candidates.

Scholarship decisions will be announced by the end of May 2018. All scholarships 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 Monday 26 March 2018.

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 Wednesday 28 March 2018 in order for the scholarship application to be considered.

Step 2: Scholarship Applications

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 2017 to September 2018
  • Expected net (after tax) income from October 2018 to September 2019
  • 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 LSE Cities Scholarship Scheme to allow you to attend the Executive MSc in Cities
  • Expected costs of accommodation 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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