International recruitment to UKRI-funded studentships: LSHTM Statement

LSHTM is a partner institution in the following UKRI-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT):

From the 2021-22 academic year onwards, UKRI confirmed that any prospective doctoral student wishing to study at a UK research organisation, including prospective international students, can apply for a UKRI studentship. A UKRI doctoral studentship provides tuition fees (at the UKRI studentship fee rate), a tax-free stipend (at the UKRI studentship stipend rate with London weighting), and some additional financial support for training and development.

Successful applicants with 'Home' fee status will receive a full scholarship. Successful applicants assessed to have 'Overseas' fee status will be required to 'top up' their tuition fees, as the UKRI tuition fee rate is far lower than the LSHTM overseas tuition fee rate.

For the first 3 years of full-time equivalent study for a research degree an international student is likely to require approximately GBP 15,000.00 - GBP 20,000.00 per year tuition fee 'top up', depending on the programme of study and studentship. The top up required for international students undertaking a 1+3 studentship will be higher for the Master’s year (up to about GBP 23,000.00).

Successful international applicants will be required to cover the tuition fee top up costs from other sources (e.g. other scholarship or bursary awards). Awardees may not use their UKRI stipend or the UKRI training support to top up fees. Successful applicants who are nationals of low income countries or lower middle income countries (LLMICs) may apply for an LSHTM bursary to cover the fee top up costs. However, it should be noted that the number of LSHTM bursaries is limited to no more than one per programme in any academic year.

LLMIC applicants who are short-listed for interview, will be contacted by the LSHTM Scholarships Team at that time to provide further details of the LSHTM bursary scheme for entry in 2023-24.