Honorary Awards

LSE Council welcomes nominations for Honorary Fellowships and Honorary Doctorates, the most prestigious awards bestowed by the School.



Address and Contacts

Secretary's Division
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

For any questions related to the Committee and nomination process please contact Lyndsay Galpin.

Email: glpd.governance@lse.ac.uk.


Nominations for both Honorary Fellowships and Honorary Doctorates are now welcome. Nominations can be made by current students and members of staff, alumni* and current members of Council and its committees.  Each person can make up to two nominations per academic year.

Holders of honorary awards are expected to uphold LSE’s values and reputation and to be suitable role models for students.  They are also expected to act in a way that is consistent with the Nolan Principles of Public Life

The award of Honorary Fellow allows the School to acknowledge those who have made an outstanding contribution to LSE and its community above and beyond reasonable expectations and over a sustained period of time.  Those eligible for this award are: former members of Council and staff including Emeritus Fellows, Visiting Fellows and Visiting Professors.  These awards are not normally made to current members of Council and staff, or to serving politicians.  

The award of Honorary Doctorate allows the School to recognise those who have shown achievement and distinction in an area of scholarship and/or a public activity which reflects LSE’s guiding principles and original vision as a ‘community of people and ideas, founded to know the causes of things, for the betterment of society’.  Those previously awarded have normally had an international or national profile.  Holders of this award do not need to have a previous connection with LSE, but they may be alumni*.  These awards are not normally awarded to current members of Council and staff, former members of staff who spent a significant proportion of their career at LSE, honorary fellows or honorary graduates of LSE, holders of academic LSE doctorates, or serving politicians whose political activity is their primary achievement and distinction.  

Both these awards allow Departments, Centres and Institutes to build and develop an on-going relationship with the award holders and for the benefit of students and staff.  We encourage colleagues to think collectively about who they might want to nominate and celebrate. Conferral for both Awards, in a normal year, takes place at the respective graduation ceremonies.

Nominations, for both awards can be submitted at any time of the year, on this form, and will be considered by the Honorary Awards Committee. The Committee meets three times a year and in order to be considered at the next meeting, nominations need to have been received a month before the relevant meeting. Please send completed forms to the Governance Team, glpd.governance@lse.ac.uk.  Should the Committee agree to recommend election, the proposal will be forwarded for consideration by Council.

The meeting dates for the coming year are: 

HAC dates
Term Meeting Date
 Autumn Term  11 October 2023
 Winter Term  6 February 2024
 Spring Term  23 April 2024
In order to avoid disappointment or embarrassment, nominations should not be discussed with the nominees.

Details of the current Committee and the full regulations for this nomination process are listed on the right.  

*as defined by LSE Philanthropy and Global Engagement (PAGE)