Application Deadline Extended till 10th May

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Apply for Fall 2022

The LSEF-UMass Scholarship is for driven, passionate and meritorious students who will not only be the best representatives from India but also set their benchmark at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Launched in 2019, this program enables select students to pursue postgraduate studies at the flagship U Mass campus- Amherst.


It is amongst the few in India, to be  offered as a grant and not a loan.  It highlights on courses that will provide significant global impact and opportunities in combating challenges along with meeting dire needs of the changing world.  Scholarships up to 50% of academic tuition worth Rs 20,00,000 each are awarded to chosen candidates*. In the following years, scholarships granted were upwards of Rs 1.2 Crores.


Students in this program undertake two years of post-graduate studies, with the first year at the host institution in India- JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur and the second year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, leading to dual degrees as well as up to 3 years of OPT (employment authorisation) in the United States after successful completion of the program. 

*excluding application fees.




Associate Dean
College of Social and Behavioural Sciences, UMass Amherst

A PhD from University of California, Berkeley, he has a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University and is a professor of political science at UMass Amherst. His areas of expertise include political parties, interest groups, campaign finance, elections, political participation, public policy and political reform. 


GRE & TOEFL/IELTS examination scores are not mandatory.


M.S. in Data Analytics and Computational Social Science

An interdisciplinary program training in framing, developing and presenting data for evidence-based decision-making, ethical data management, evaluative data interpretation, and clear communication of results. It will prepare students for emerging careers in consulting, banking and financial services, healthcare, retail, and e-commerce sectors. Learn More

M.S. in Resource Economics

Training in empirical microeconomics and applied econometrics, with a concentration in fields like Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Empirical Industrial Organization, and Experimental and Behavioural Economics. It prepares for careers in analysis and decision making for management, marketing, resource-based industries and economic consulting. Learn More

Master of Public Policy

A program that brings together various social science disciplines enabling students to shape policies and programs around the globe. Students gain the knowledge, skills, and practical experience to become leaders in the non-profit, public, or private sector while creating meaningful social change. Learn More



Click to register for free. Shortlisted candidates will get an invitation to apply.



Submit the application form including statement of purpose & recommendation letters.



Aptitude Test and Interview with a panel of LSEF and UMass Amherst representatives.



Offer of admission with scholarship.


Selection Process

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest.
  2. Candidates will receive an invitation to complete and submit a free online application form along with all requirements including a statement of purpose and recommendation letters.
  3. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an aptitude assessment and personal interview with the selection committee comprising of LSEF and UMass Amherst representatives.
  4. Selections will be made on rolling basis in each round and there are only limited number of scholarsip. Therefore, early application is encouraged.
Please Note: Enrolled students will have to pay the prevailing application fee (currently $80) for UMass before their second year.

Dates and Timelines

Round 1 | 15 October, 2022 - 31 January, 2022 Round 2 | 1 February, 2022 - 15 March, 2022 Round 3 | 16 March, 2022 - 30 July, 2022 Note: There are limited number of scholarships and admissions are on rolling basis in each round. Hence, early application is recommended.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants need to be Indian citizens.
  • Candidates who have completed (or will complete before July 2021) minimum of three years of undergraduate (bachelor) degree in any discipline from an accredited institution or University in India are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants should have studied Mathematics as a subject upto a minimum of 12th grade or equivalent.
  • Applicants should have secured a minimum of 75% marks in their Undergraduate degree, 12th and 10th grades (or equivalent).
  • GRE and TOEFL/IELTS examination scores are not mandatory for admission.