Trust Funds 2017-18

Travelling scholarships for current students

Some funding, from endowments left to the School, is available to assist London-based students with the cost of their MSc project.  This funding is only available to students who are registered on a London-based Masters course at the School for the 2017-18 academic year. 

Please note that Trust Fund awards will be allocated only to projects which are taking place in low- and middle-income countries, and whose topics are related to the School’s mission.

Application Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for this funding applicants/projects must meet the following criteria:

  • the topic must be related to the School’s mission
  • the project must be taking place in a low- or middle-income country
  • the carrying out of the project should be beneficial to the School, i.e. it may be an extension of an existing project which may lead to further collaboration or raise the profile of the School in a certain country/region
  • the student should not be in receipt of full funding for travel costs from other sources
  • the student must be able to justify financial need
  • the student must be able to contribute towards the total cost of the project.

All applicants are required to have submitted an application for ethical clearance and risk assessment prior to applying for Trust Funds.  For ethical approval of projects please see the Ethics Applications page and read the LSHTM Ethics Online (LEO) Guidance on ethics approval for MSc projects.

What the Trust Funds cover

For successful applicants, a Trust Fund award will make a contribution towards reasonable costs of return flights to the main project destination only.  Students are expected to keep travel costs to a reasonable minimum.  The Student Finance team in Registry will determine a reasonable contribution towards each project destination, following procedures which have been established to ensure fairness.  The maximum Trust Funds contribution for any student in any year is GBP 1,000.00.  Students should be aware that the Trust Funds available are limited.  Successful applicants, therefore, may not be awarded most/all of their flight costs and, if necessary, the Student Finance team will need to determine a method of sharing the available funds between all successful applicants as a percentage of reasonable costs.  If a successful student purchases tickets above the award determined by the Student Finance team, s/he will be responsible for covering the difference in amounts.  Internal overland travel and any other project-related expenses are not covered.

Travel Insurance

The Teaching Support Office (TSO) covers the cost of travel insurance for MSc projects.  MSc students must apply for travel insurance via the iTravel system.

How to apply

Applications will re-open from Monday 14May 2018 at 9:00am (BST).  The deadline for applications is 23:59 (BST) on Wednesday 23 May 2018.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants should submit an online 2017-18 Trust Funds Application, submitting a completed Project Supervisor Form as part of the application.

What next?

Following receipt of all applications the Student Finance team will review all applications to check eligibility criteria have been met and to calculate reasonable flight contributions for each destination.  They will then forward project applications on for approval. 

Once decisions have been reached, the Student Finance team will contact all applicants with the outcome (usually about 2-3 weeks after the deadline). 

Funds will only be released to successful applicants on receipt of

  • proof of full payment for international travel (to the destination noted in the application form), and
  • a completed UK Bank Details Form, and
  • confirmation of ethics approval (or confirmation that ethical clearance is not required); this must be one of the following:
  1. LSHTM ethics letter and confirmation in reply email stating no local ethics is required.
  2. LSHTM ethics letter that lists the local approval because it was submitted to the ethics committee.
  3. LSHTM ethics letter that does not list local ethics approval and local ethics approval letter/documentation from project destination.

Once all of these documents have been received, we aim to reimburse successful applicants within 20 working days.  Proof of full payment, bank details, and confirmation of ethics approval must be submitted to the Scholarships team by midnight (BST) on Sunday 12 August 2018 at the latest.  This is the final date for refund paperwork to be accepted; please be aware that no payments for 2017-18 Trust Funds will be made if necessary documents are only received after this deadline.

Once the project has been completed, the project supervisor must be able to confirm that each student’s project has been completed to a satisfactory level, once finished.  If not, the student will be responsible for returning any Trust Fund contribution awarded.  Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to ensure the project supervisor completes the End of Project Control form and that it is returned to the Student Finance team.


If you have any questions that have not been answered in the information above please contact the Student Finance team via