The LSE Middle East Centre (MEC) Emirates Scholarship offers financial support to applicants from Arab League States who wish to study for a Master’s degree at LSE and intend to focus their study on the Middle East. The scholarship is funded by the Emirates Foundation.
Worth of award

  • The scholarships have a value of £30,000 which will cover the full tuition fees with the remainder available to support living costs in London.
  • Three scholarships will be offered each year, one of which will be awarded to an applicant from the United Arab Emirates.
  • The successful scholars will be affiliated to the Middle East Centre for the duration of their degree and will be encouraged to participate in the Centre’s research activities.
  • For the 2014/15 academic session, there will be up to three scholarships available for students from one of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria*, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.
  • Although Syria’s membership to the Arab League has been suspended, applicants from Syria are still eligible to apply.
  • The successful candidates will have to focus their study on the Middle East  (defined here as the Arab League member states plus Turkey, Iran and Israel) either by the modules they complete or their choice of dissertation topic.


Examples of the modules relating to the Middle East offered by LSE are:

  • International Relations of the Middle East
  • Popular Politics in the Middle East
  • The History and Politics of the Modern Middle East
  • Europe, the US and Arab-Israeli Relations
  • Economic History of Southeastern Europe and the Middle East, 1820-1970
  • Turkey: Political Economy and European Integration
  • Political Islam: From Ibn Taymiyya to Osama bin Laden
  • The Emergence of Modern Iran: State, Society and Diplomacy
  • Islam in International Relations: From Al-Andalus to Afghanistan

How to apply

  • To be considered for this scholarship, you must have completed the 2014/15 LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form and received an offer of admission (conditional or unconditional) by 5pm 28 April 2014. You must complete Section G – Personal Statement and include how you will focus on the Middle East during your programme at LSE.
  • When you submit an application for admission to a taught masters programme, the Graduate Admissions Office will acknowledge your application and provide information about how to set up an LSE For You online account. This account will allow you to track the progress of your application for admission, and will provide you with access to the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application Form.
  • Selection for this scholarship will take place between May and July 2014 and we will notify the successful recipient(s) by the end of July 2014. If you have not heard from the Financial Support Office by the end of July 2014, you must assume your application has been unsuccessful. We will notify successful applicants only.

Deadline: The LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form will be available until April 28, 2014.
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