2020-21 Lt-Col Henry Kirkpatrick Scholarship

A bequest to the School, by Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Kirkpatrick’s daughters Elsie and Daphne Kirkpatrick, endowed funding to set up scholarships ‘for the promotion and encouragement of study in the ophthalmic section’ in memory of their father.

Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Kirkpatrick (1871–1958) was interested in ophthalmology from fairly early in his career. His career in the Indian Medical Service provided opportunities - through work in the General Hospital, Madras, the university and the Government Ophthalmic Hospital - to improve teaching and postgraduate training in pathology and ophthalmology. On retiring from Madras he was ophthalmic surgeon to the Tropical Diseases Hospital and lecturer in ophthalmology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Co-funding for the 2020-21 Kirkpatrick Scholarship is provided by the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium Legacy.

Award details

This full-time 1-year studentship will cover: 

  • full tuition fees for MSc Public Health for Eye Care at the overseas fee rate; 
  • a maintenance stipend of GBP 17,175.00 paid out as a monthly allowance; 
  • GBP 1,500.00 towards MSc project costs; and
  • GBP 1,100.00 to be used towards the Alumni Workshop maintenance costs. 

Eligibility for funding

This scholarship is open to all nationals of low/middle income Commonwealth countries*, who hold an offer of admission from the Registry for the MSc Public Health for Eye Care course for full-time study by the scholarship deadline, and who can confirm that they will return to their home country within one month of the end of their award.

* Full list of eligible countries (LMIC Commonwealth countries): Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, The, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia. 

Application details

Step 1

Applicants must hold an offer of admission for full-time study for 2020-21 MSc Public Health for Eye Care by the scholarship deadline. In order to meet this requirement applicants must have submitted a complete application, including all necessary supplementary documents and references, via the School’s admissions portal before 19 February 2020 (six weeks in advance of the scholarship deadline).

Step 2

Submit an online scholarships application, selecting the ‘2020-21 Lt-Col Henry Kirkpatrick Scholarship’ option from the drop-down menu. A completed supplementary questions form for this scholarship must be uploaded as part of this application. This is the only attachment required in Step 2 (as applicants should have already submitted references; transcripts; a CV etc with their application for study).

Application notes

  • Each applicant should submit only one Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Kirkpatrick Scholarship application. 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 the supplementary questions form after submission.
  • We would encourage all applicants to provide evidence that you meet the School’s English Language requirements as soon as possible, and by 29 May 2020 at the latest. Please send your English language proficiency results to the Admissions team:, in an email which clearly states your LSHTM application number and your full name.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered for this funding. Incomplete applications includes those with missing supplementary documentation at either/both Steps 1 and 2 above.
  • If you have any queries about the application process, scholarship requirements or application deadline, please contact our 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 the LSHTM IT Services 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.
  • 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. If you are applying 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. This must be repeated for every scholarship for which you are applying. The admissions team will then apply an extension to the deposit deadline to match the decision deadline of the scholarship.
  • Whilst it is recognised that some candidates may have dependents whom they wish to bring with them to London, the Kirkpatrick Scholarship is unable to provide support beyond that stated above for either stipend or accommodation and are not able to make provision for anyone accompanying the student.
  • By applying for this funding applicants agree to its terms and conditions.


The scholarship deadline is midnight (BST) on Wednesday 1 April 2020.

Decisions are expected to be reached, and the successful applicants notified by 29 May 2020.