We are delighted to announce that through the continuing generous support of the Lalji family and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), there will again be a significant scholarship fund for bright African students applying to eligible Masters programs in development offered by LSE.

Confirmed eligible programs:

  • MSc Development Management
  • MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies
  • MSc African Development [must take half-unit consultancy project]
  • MSc Development Studies [must take half-unit consultancy project]

Programs subject to final confirmation:*

  • MSc Anthropology and Development*
  • MSc Environment and Development*
  • MSc Political Economy of Late Development*
  • MSc Population and Development*
  • MSc Urbanisation and Development*
  • MSc Media, Communications and Development*

*The eligibility of these additional programs for PfAL funding will be confirmed by end of February 2015 and will in part depend on demand. Successful Phase 1 applicants will be advised of the final eligible set of programs before they submit their Phase 2 applications.


A full scholarship will cover fees and living costs, but the value for each student will be assessed according to financial need. As well as studying for a prestigious London School of Economics MSc program, all Lalji PfAL Scholarship recipients will benefit from an additional study seminar series plus automatic enrollment into the PfAL@LSE leadership program, which takes place throughout the year.

Commitment and benefit beyond LSE

The Lalji PfAL scholarships are for people who share the vision and values of the PfAL Foundation – a commitment to ethical, authentic and effective leadership in Africa. Beyond the initial award of a prestigious scholarship, PfAL alumni also benefit from membership of the PfAL network of emerging African leaders. All applicants should be prepared to sign up to the PfAL Leadership Code and commit to active participation in the Network.


In 2015/16, the scholarships are open to applicants from across the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. However a minimum of 15 places will be reserved for applicants from Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda. Applicants who have not previously studied outside Africa are particularly encouraged to apply.

In order to be considered for one of these awards, you must have a bachelor’s degree and meet the minimum entry requirements for LSE’s taught graduate programs. You can find details specific to your country/region here. (Click on a country/region, then choose the country where you took your degree qualification. Click on the flag to access specific country requirements)


If you meet the entry requirements, please complete a PfAL Phase 1 application form. There is a soft deadline for Phase 1 applications of March 1, 2015, after which applications will be accepted on a rolling basis pending available space.

If your initial application is approved then you are eligible to apply for one of the selected MSc programs (Phase 2). Applications must be made using LSE’s online system and submitted no later than April 1, 2015, 17.00 GMT.

Once you have submitted your MSc application, it may take up to 10 working days for it to be processed and uploaded into the School’s systems. ¬†You will then be sent detailed instructions on completing a financial assessment form (Phase 3). This form will be available only up to 17.00 GMT, April 27, 2015.

Only Phase 1-approved candidates holding an offer of a place on one of the approved MSc programs will be assessed for an award. Assessment for an award will be made by the LSE Financial Awards Panel and on the basis of financial need.

Notification of the Award

All successful candidates will be notified of the outcome by email before June 30, 2015.

For more information on the eligible MSc programs, application process and to access the application forms, please visit lse.ac.uk/pfalapply.