Learn for You

£220 every year to spend on the learning of your choice

 *Please note that applications for this Academic year 2021-22 has now closed. Any new applications received will be be reviewed and considered in September 2022.

The LSE is passionate about learning and would like to contribute to a culture where employees feel their development is supported and encouraged.

Learn for You is a personal and career development scheme through which certain categories of staff are entitled to a learning allowance of up to a maximum of £220 every academic year to spend on the learning of your choice.  

To qualify, you need to be in salary bands 1-5. Applications from both part time and full time members of staff are welcomed, and we are particularly keen to encourage applications from individuals who may not have had regular access to learning opportunities and would like to re-engage in their personal or career development.

Please note that payment is only made by BACS transfer, and it is paid directly to the learning provider itself, and not to the applicant.

For a more detailed summary of how the scheme works and whether you qualify to apply, please read our terms and conditions document . 



What can I apply for?

The type of activities the scheme support are:

Personal Development

This can be any non-work related, structured course or programme. There is no requirement for it be linked in any way to your current role at LSE.

Career Development

This can be any non-work related structured course or programme, but with a clearer aim in helping you achieve your career goals.

This isn't about supporting your current role, more a step in the direction of your longer term career plans. For example, learning associated with a career-change you envisage in the future.

If you feel that you have development needs which are essential to your current job role, please apply for funding via the External Funding budget.


This can be any structured programme or activity that positively impacts your quality of life and sense of personal achievement.

This could include membership of the LSESU gym or driving lessons. Anything that provides you with a clear structured learning outcome.

On completion of your learning activity, you will be asked to complete a Learn for You Progress Report to get your views on how the funding has helped you achieve your learning goals.

Application Deadlines 2021-22

Application deadline

Application notification

10 September 2021

20 September 2021

08 October 2021

18 October 2021

12 November 2021

22 November 2021

07 January 2022

17 January 2022

11 February 2022

21 February 2022

11 March 2022

21 March 2022

08 April 2022

18 April 2022

13 May 2022

23 May 2022

10 June 2022

20 June 2022

How do I apply?


Please read our guide to writing good learning outcomes and our terms and conditions  before applying.

To apply, please complete and return a Learn for You application form to HR (LRB 5th Floor) or send a scanned copy to hr.learning@lse.ac.uk

All applications will be considered by the HR Organisational Learning team and the result of your application will be emailed to you shortly after the committee meeting.