2020-21 Johnson & Johnson Global Mental Health Scholarships

The MSc Global Mental Health course is a joint programme provided by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London (KCL). The programme of study aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to initiate, develop and oversee mental health programmes and/or policies in low-resource settings, as well as to conduct and critically evaluate research on global mental health. These skills and knowledge will make it possible for students to make valuable contributions in the domains of research, policy and practice as they relate to the discipline of global mental health. 


The Janssen Global Mental Health Scholarship Fund was launched in 2012 through a generous donation from Janssen Pharmaceutica (part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies). In 2018, the Johnson & Johnson Scholarship Fund was launched, providing an additional 18 scholarships over five years. This is an annual award until 2022 (for 2022-23 academic year).

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is offering up to four Johnson & Johnson Global Mental Health Scholarships to students accepted onto the 2020-21 MSc Global Mental Health programme.

Each scholarship will cover: 

  • full tuition fees at the KCL overseas fee rate; 
  • a stipend (living allowance) of GBP 17,175.00; and
  • an allowance of GBP 500.00 for MSc project expenses.

Eligibility for funding

Applicants must be nationals of, and ordinarily resident in, one of the following countries:







South Africa

South east Asia






South America






This list cannot be changed, and is not negotiable, and therefore we are unable to consider applicants from other countries for this particular scholarship scheme.

Applicants from non-English speaking countries (as specified by the Home Office - UKVI) must meet the minimum English Language Requirements (see Band D) if shortlisted for this funding. Applicants who have been shortlisted for this funding will be required to provide proof of English language proficiency by 23:59 (BST) on Friday 22 May 2020 for their scholarship application to be considered any further.

How to apply

To apply for this funding applicants should complete both steps outlined below by the deadlines noted.

Step 1

Submit an application for study for the MSc Global Mental Health programme, with all required documents, through the King’s College London online application portal by 23:59 (GMT) on Sunday 16 February 2020.

Step 2

Submit an online scholarships application, selecting this scholarship option from the drop-down menu by 23:59 (GMT) on Sunday 22 March 2020. The scholarship application must include the following uploaded documents

  • Either of the following two:
    • Proof of your application submission for MSc in Global Mental Health for 2020-21 (this can be a PDF document or screenshot of your submission confirmation email dated on or before 16 February 2020); or 
    • Letter of offer from KCL, for 2020-21 MSc Global Mental Health programme; and
  • English proficiency score results (if you have these already). Final deadline for submitting the results is 23:59 (BST) on Thursday 21 May 2020 (see further details below).

Please note that incomplete applications for either step will not be considered.

Important application information

Programme / study application:

  • We would strongly encourage applicants to submit an application for study to KCL as soon as possible, and as well in advance of the scholarship deadline as possible.
  • Please ensure you pay careful attention to the content of your personal statement on your programme/study application. KCL provides the following guidance: We do not normally invite applicants for interview and so the clarity and relevance of the information you provide in your personal statement is of considerable importance to us. In particular, we would like you to describe your academic background and any relevant clinical or research interests, your reasons for applying to our particular postgraduate programme and what you hope to gain from the training we offer, and how you intend to use the knowledge and skills you acquire to further your clinical or research ambitions.
  • If you have any programme-specific questions please contact Ritsuko Kakuma (MSc Global Mental Health Programme Director based at LSHTM) by email.

Online scholarship application:

  • If you have any queries about the application process, scholarship requirements or application deadline, please contact the LSHTM Scholarships team:
  • If you encounter any technical difficulties whilst using the online scholarships application form, in the first instance please try clearing your browser cache and ensure that you are using the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. If this does not fix your technical issue, please contact LSHTM’s IT team, providing your full name; the scholarship that you are applying for; and the technical issue that you have encountered.

Please also attach a screen shot where possible.

  • By applying for this funding applicants agree to its terms and conditions.
  • Each applicant should submit only one application for the Johnson & Johnson Global Mental Health Scholarships for 2020-21. We would therefore encourage applicants to check carefully their online application and attachment before submission, as the first application submitted will be the one considered and there will be no opportunity to upload any documents after submission.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered for this funding. Incomplete applications include those with missing supplementary documentation at either/both Steps 1 and 2 above. Both the application to study and the scholarship application must be complete by the specified deadlines.

Funding selection process

Shortlisted candidates for the scholarship funding will be invited for interviews, which may be held in person or by telephone or Skype.


Application deadline

To be considered for the Johnson & Johnson Scholarship applications, the deadlines for applications are: 

  1. For KCL Admissions application: 23:59 (GMT) on Sunday 16 February 2020
  2. For Scholarships application: 23:59 (GMT) on Sunday 22 March 2020

Shortlisting outcome

Notification of the results of shortlisting stage and invitations for an interview will be made by the week beginning Monday 27 April 2020 at the latest.


Interviews will typically be held in the first half of May.

Deadline for proof of English language proficiency

If you have been shortlisted for an interview and you have not yet submitted your proof of meeting the English Language Requirements, this must be submitted by 23:59 (BST) on Thursday 21 May 2020 at the latest. A relevant English language test result must have been either uploaded via your KCL admissions application or via the J&J Scholarship application on the relevant portals at the time of submission or sent in by email by this deadline. No proof of English language proficiency by this date will mean applicants are no longer eligible for this funding. This is non-negotiable. Those not having submitted this by this time will no longer be considered for the scholarship. This must be sent by email to the MSc Global Mental Health Programme Director, Ritsuko Kakuma.

Final decisions

Notification of final result of your application will be made by Friday 29 May 2020.