LSHTM First Generation Scholarship 2024

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LSHTM has been offering online learning programs since 1998: as a mode of study, distance learning allows students to work flexibly, providing them with the opportunity to study regardless of their circumstances. 

Enabling the most talented students from all backgrounds to study at LSHTM is a key strategic priority. As outlined in the Strategy to Promote Access and Broaden Participation, LSHTM wants to be a place where students from diverse backgrounds feel like they belong, can thrive and are valued for their unique contributions.

As part of this work, the LSHTM offers 2 scholarships to support students in completing a distance MSc. These initiatives aim to enable excellent students from groups historically underrepresented in higher education at postgraduate level to study, feel a sense of belonging and succeed at LSHTM. 

Who Can Apply? 

This scholarship is open to applicants wishing to begin study on a distance learning program at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in 2024-2025. Recipients will be required to complete their respective programs within five years of registration.


Eligible programs are one of the 6 distance learning masters listed on our distance learning page. Candidates intending to study PG Certificate and PG Diploma programs are not eligible for this scholarship.

You will not be eligible for the First Generation scholarship if you already have a master's degree, or an equivalent diploma, such as an integrated master's degree, or a diploma higher than a master's degree, such as a doctorate. 

To be eligible for these scholarships, applicants must meet all of the following criteria: 
  • meet minimum English language requirements; 
  • hold an offer of admission for 2024-25 for one of the 6 distance MSc study programs at LSHTM;
  • the first in their family to enter higher education, i.e. when neither the applicant's mother, father (biological, adoptive or adoptive) nor the applicant's guardian had obtained a university degree (this is i.e. BA or BSc or above) before the applicant was 18 years of age.
The selection panel will also give preference to candidates belonging to the categories below: 
  • Black ethnicity 
  • Experienced care Caregiver 
  • Disabled 
  • Far from family 
  • Refugee or asylum seeker 
Where will the award be given? 
  • United Kingdom
How many rewards? 
  • Unspecified 
What is the benefit of a reward? 
  • We have 2 first generation LSHTM scholarships available for entry in 2024-2025. This scholarship covers the full tuition fees.
How to register 
All applicants who meet the above criteria will automatically be considered for these scholarships when submitting their application to study via the University of London website.

You must submit an application to study for 2024-25 for an eligible master's degree program, following the instructions under the "Applying for a Distance Education Program" webpage. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to allow time to process it before the deadline.

Applicants should ensure that all necessary additional admission materials (including references) are submitted through the admissions portal. In order to be considered for this scholarship, applicants must hold an offer of admission by April 6, 2024. 

After this date, eligible offer holders will be asked to submit two statements allowing students to explore both the obstacles they faced during their studies and how they overcame them.

When is the application deadline: April 6, 2024

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