The London School of Economics will be giving out 50 new scholarships for postgraduate Indian students. A tie-up on gender equality research with the prestigious Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has also been announced.
Giving details, Craig Calhoun, director of LSE, said expanding scholarships reflected the institute’s goal of making LSE education available to the best and brightest students, and making sure that financial circumstance was not an obstacle. “We launched this new pool of scholarships for students from India to coincide with the British PM’s visit and his clarification of better visa policies, and to make clear that we are serious about opportunities for Indians,” he said. At one time, India produced the largest number of international applications to LSE, “but now China has overtaken them.”
LSE has a long relationship with India, starting with an important gift from the Tata family in 1912 (funding for research). On average, LSE receives almost 1500 applications from each year from Indian students and about 30% are accepted. Applications were down last year due to visa uncertainties in the UK, something that’s “happily now corrected.”
The criteria for undergraduate admissions have also been changed. “Indian applicants will be glad to know that for undergraduate admissions CBSE and ICSE qualifications are now accepted as well as IB. In all cases, applicants must meet the usual stringent admissions criteria of LSE, one of Britain’s most competitive universities. These criteria focus centrally on academic performance. The scholarships will be awarded to admitted applicants based on financial need,” Calhoun said.
The scholarships will pay from £3000 to £32,000 based on financial need. The funds can cover fees for coursework and living expenses in connection with any LSE masters programme. The LSE also offers undergraduate financial assistance and fully funded PhD programmes.
On the TISS agreement, Calhoun said LSE had collaborated for some years with the Tata Institute for Social Sciences. The next phase of this work will address the crucial issues of women’s equality and gender relations.