Fellowships and Financial Aid

Columbia together with the LSE are aiming to provide substantial fellowships for the most promising applicants. Because not all students will receive these fellowships, MA/MSc students are encouraged to apply for external fellowships. Please note scholarship programs often have application deadlines between six months and one year before the start of the academic program. 

More information on external fellowships and financial aid at Columbia can be found on the website of the GSAS Office of Financial Aid. The office is open from 9 am to 4:45 pm, Monday through Friday. Each Wednesday students are seen on a walk-in basis. Students are also welcome to set up individual appointments on other days of the week. To contact the office, please call 212-854-3808 or send an email to [email protected].

The Financial Support Office at LSE is another resource for fellowship information. The Financial Support Office holds drop-in sessions every day during term time between 1 pm and 2 pm in the Student Services Centre in the Old Building. During vacations, drop in sessions are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Students who are unable to attend any of the drop in sessions are welcome to contact the Office by phone (+44 (0)20 7955 6609), fax (+44 (0)20 7955 6099), or send an email to [email protected].

Tuition Reduction Fellowships (TRF)

Columbia together with LSE provide substantial fellowships to over half of our incoming students through our Tuition Reduction Fellowships (TRF). TRF awards range in amounts up to a maximum of 66% of recipients' tuition in the first year of the program. The program also offer a limited number of 25% TRF awards for the second year at the LSE.

Please note, if you are awarded an academic year Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, or any other tuition-based funding that covers full tuition for the academic year, your Columbia University TRF offer will be annulled. 

McKeown Fellowship

We are honored to dedicate a Tuition Reduction Fellowship in memory of the late Adam McKeown, one of the founders of the dual degree program. During his all-too short career, Professor McKoewn had a lasting impact on how we research and teach international and global history. His scholarship transcended national boundaries and traditional methodologies, and his historical research connected with multiple disciplines, especially sociology and international law. 

The McKeown Fellowship will be awarded to an incoming student whose interests and ideas correspond with Professor McKeown's aim to foster more path-breaking scholarship inside the academy. He was a champion of students with unique points of view and non-traditional experiences. The recipient of this award will be academically strong; we aim to review candidates from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds for this award.

This individual award will offer 2/3 of Columbia's tuition for the first year of the program to one student per year. 

Application Details

To apply for a TRF, we ask that you please request a copy of our application by emailing [email protected]. The application is comprised of several questions that help the committee understand your current circumstances and need for assistance.

We strongly encourage all TRF applicants to apply by the early deadline (January) as we will disburse all available funding during the first admissions round.  If remaining funding becomes available, awards may be made during the second round of admission after the March deadline. It is therefore to the candidate's advantage to apply by the January deadline in order to have the best chance of receiving TRF funding.   

Scholarship decisions will be based on both need and merit. Although merit is a consideration, you do not need to list your accomplishments in your TRF application, as scholarship applications will be read alongside your general application. Please note that TRF applications are confidential and will only be viewed by the necessary staff at Columbia and LSE.



Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)

Many prospective students choose to apply for the U.S. Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Program (FLAS), in conjunction with their applications to the dual Master’s degree program. The FLAS fellowship competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a full-time program (either domestic or overseas) that combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies.

The graduate student FLAS tuition grant is $18,000 with a stipend of $20,000. FLAS awards are contingent upon funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

The deadline for the FLAS Fellowship is usually in late February, and varies by language.

Applicants who are applying to the FLAS Fellowship Program MUST submit their MA/MSc application by the January early deadline AND notify the MA/MSc program office by writing to [email protected] with your name and selected language. If you fail to notify the MA/MSc office your application will not be considered for a FLAS Fellowship.  

If you have questions or require further information, please read the FLAS FAQs. The FLAS coordinator is Sandra Peters ([email protected]).

Note for second year: American students may apply through Columbia University to have the FLAS cover their year at the London School of Economics. Further information will be sent to admitted students during the first year of the program.

Graduate Support Scheme

For the second year of the program, all students may apply for the university-wide Graduate Support Scheme. This support scheme is highly competitive and is determined according to need. Please note that the school does not offer financial assistance to students who knowingly register under-funded. Students from countries that provide guaranteed access to student loans, such as the United States, are often less likely to be granted significant financial support. LSE will email dual degree students early in their second semester at Columbia with application instructions. 

The LSE Graduate Support Scheme uses rolling admissions; it is important to apply as early as possible.

Columbia Databases

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) website provides links to a number of fellowship databases

A searchable database of external fellowships can also be found on the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) website.  

LSE Financial Support Index

Please visit the LSE website for information on funding for taught Master's programs, which includes external scholarship options. Students who do their research might be able to weave together a number of these fellowships to cover their second year. Because these fellowships are limited to admitted students at LSE, they tend to be less competitive than the nation-wide or international competitions. We recommend students apply for LSE scholarships during their first year at CU. 

IIE Fulbright Fellowship

Fulbright supports international students who wish to study in the US. We encourage non-American citizens to apply for the Fulbright prior to the first year of the program at Columbia. 

International students should consult the Fulbright website of their home country. Details and deadlines may vary from country-to-country. 

British Council

The British Council is another great resource for second-year funding. You can learn more about their scholarship opportunities here