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2024/2025 First Generation Scholarship (Distance Learning)

LSHTM has been delivering online learning programmes since 1998 – as a mode of study, distance learning allows students to work flexibly, offering them 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 Widening Participation, LSHTM wants to be a place where students from diverse backgrounds feel they belong, can thrive, and are valued for their unique contribution.

As part of this work, LSHTM is offering 2 scholarships to support students in the completion of an MSc degree by distance learning. These initiatives are designed to enable excellent students from groups who have been historically underrepresented in Higher Education at the postgraduate level to study, feel a sense of belonging and succeed at LSHTM.

Aim and Benefits

We have 2 LSHTM First Generation Scholarship available for entry in 2024-25. This scholarship provides full tuition fees.


This scholarship is open to applicants intending to commence study on a distance learning programme at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in 2024-25. The recipients will be expected to finish their respective programme within five years of registration. 

Eligible programmes are any of the 6 distance learning Master’s degrees on our Distance Learning page. Applicants intending to study PG Certificate and PG Diploma programmes 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 a qualification that’s equivalent, such as an integrated master’s degree, or a qualification that’s higher than a master’s degree, such as a PhD.

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 LSHTM’s 6 distance learning MSc programmes of study;
  • The first in their family to enter higher education, meaning where neither of the applicant’s mother or father (biological, adoptive or foster) or guardian(s) had graduated with a university degree (that is, a BA or BSc qualification or higher) before the applicant was aged 18.

Interview date, Process and Venue

The selection panel will also give preference to those applicants who are in the categories below: 

  • Black ethnicity
  • Care experienced
  • Care giver
  • Disabled
  • Estranged from family
  • Refugee or asylum seeker  

Application Deadline

April 6, 2024

How to Apply

All applicants who meet the criteria above will automatically be considered for these scholarships when making their application to study via the University of London website.

You should submit an application to study for 2024-25 for an eligible MSc programme of study, by following the instructions under the ‘Applying for a distance learning programme’ web page. We would encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to allow time for it to be processed prior to the deadline below.

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

After this date, eligible offer holders will be invited to submit two statements that allow the students to explore both the barriers they have faced during their education and the ways in which they have overcome them.

For more details, visit LSHTM website.

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