2020-21 Health Data Science Studentships

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has six studentships per year for three years (2020/21 - 2022/2023) to award to students on the MSc Health Data Science programme. These studentships are supported by Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) as part of the HDR UK training strategy, which focuses on developing health data scientists with expertise across the fields of statistics, machine learning, informatics and beyond, to help transform how data is used to improve health.

Award information

Six studentships will be awarded for the 2020-21 MSc Health Data Research programme. 

Four of these will cover:

  • tuition fees at the Home (UK/EU) full-time fee rate for 1 year; and
  • a tax-free stipend of GBP 16,000.00 (including London Weighting) paid out to the awardees directly in 12 monthly instalments. 

Two further 50% fees-only studentships will cover:

  • 50% of tuition fees at the Home (UK/EU) full-time fee rate for 1 year. 

Eligibility for funding

To be eligible for a studentship, applicants must:

  • have been assessed as having a UK/EU fee status, according to the regulations set out on the UKCISA website; and
  • hold an offer of admission for 2020-21 entry for the London-based (face-to face) MSc Health Data Research programme at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

How to apply

To be considered for this funding, you must submit an online application for MSc Health Data Science, via the LSHTM Admissions portal, along with all necessary supporting documentation, by the scholarship application deadline of 23:59 (BST) on Sunday 29 March 2020. There is no separate scholarship application process - all eligible candidates will be considered for this funding.

For scholarship purposes, applications submitted without all the necessary supporting documents are considered incomplete. Any applications for study that do not have all the necessary supporting documents at the scholarship deadline will be considered incomplete and therefore ineligible for this funding.

Applicants are encouraged to communicate with their referees as early as possible in the application process, notifying them of the scholarship deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their references have been submitted by the scholarship closing date.

Due to the introduction of a GBP 50.00 application fee at LSHTM, applicants are advised to apply early to allow time for this payment to be processed. Until the payment is processed applicants will be unable to submit an application for study.  We would therefore recommend that applicants for this funding apply for their study/programme by 22 March 2020 in order to ensure that there are no processing delays which could impact on meeting the scholarship deadline. 

Please note that if you are applying for admission to LSHTM and are accepted, you will be asked to pay a deposit within 28 days. As you will be automatically considered for a scholarship at LSHTM, please email the Admissions team within this 28 day period, specifying the name of this scholarship and the expected decision date. The admissions team will then apply an extension to the deposit deadline to match the decision deadline of the scholarship.

Please note that if you are successful in obtaining an award, you must agree to abide by the relevant scholarship terms and conditions.


Applications and all necessary supporting documents must be received by 23:59 (BST) on Sunday 29 March 2020.

Selection process

The MSc Health Data Research Programme Directors will assess all applications for suitability for the course. Successful applications (i.e. those with applicants who will be made an offer of admission) will be considered for the Scholarship.

The short-listing and final selection for the scholarship will be made by a scholarships panel. If deemed necessary, the panel may request a short telephone interview with prospective candidates as part of the selection process.

All decisions taken by the committee will be final and there is no provision for appeal.

The successful applicant and short-listed reserve candidates will be notified of the decision by Sunday 29 May 2020.