The MSc Global Mental Health course is a joint programme provided by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London(KCL). The programme of study aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to initiate, develop and oversee mental health programmes and/or policies in low-resource settings, as well as to conduct and critically evaluate research on global mental health. These skills and knowledge will make it possible for students to make valuable contributions in the domains of research, policy and practice as they relate to the discipline of global mental health. 


The Janssen Global Mental Health Scholarship Fund was launched in 2012 through a generous donation from Janssen Pharmaceutica (part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies). In 2018, the Johnson & Johnson Scholarship Fund was launched, providing an additional 18 scholarships over five years. This is an annual award until 2022 (for 2022-23 academic year).

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is offering up to four Johnson & Johnson Global Mental Health Scholarships to students accepted onto the 2021-22 MSc Global Mental Health programme.

Each scholarship will cover:

  • full tuition fees at the KCL overseas fee rate; and
  • a stipend (living allowance) of GBP 17,400.00; and
  • an allowance of GBP 500.00 for MSc project expenses.

Eligibility for funding

Applicants must be nationals of, and ordinarily resident in, one of the following countries:

  • Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa
  • South East Asia: Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam
  • South America: Nicaragua, Peru

This list cannot be changed, and is not negotiable, and therefore we are unable to consider applicants from other countries for this particular scholarship scheme.

Applicants from non-English speaking countries (as specified by the Home Office – UKVI) must meet the minimum English Language Requirements (see Band D) if shortlisted for this funding. Applicants who have been shortlisted for this funding will be required to provide proof of English language proficiency by 23:59 (BST) on Wednesday 26 May 2021 for their scholarship application to be considered any further.

Method of Application

To apply for this funding applicants should complete both steps outlined below by the deadlines noted.

Step 1

Submit an application for study for the MSc Global Mental Health programme, with all required documents, through the King’s College London online application portal by 23:59 (GMT) on Sunday 14 February 2021.

Step 2

Submit an online scholarships application, selecting this scholarship option from the drop-down menu by 23:59 (GMT) on Sunday 21 March 2021. The scholarship application must include the following uploaded documents

  • Either of the following two:
    • Proof of your application submission for MSc in Global Mental Health for 2021-21 (This can be a PDF document or screenshot of your submission confirmation email dated on or before Sunday 14 February 2021); or
    • Letter of Offer from KCL, for 2021-22 MSc Global Mental Health programme; and
  • English Proficiency score results if you have this already. (If you do not yet have suitable English proficiency score results these must be obtained and submitted before 23:59 (BST) on Wednesday 26 May 2021 (see further details below).

Please note that incomplete applications for either step will not be considered.

Important application information

Step 1: Programme/study application

  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an application for study to KCL as soon as possible, and as far in advance of the scholarship deadline as possible.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered for this funding. Incomplete applications includes those with missing supplementary documentation at either/both steps 1 and 2 above.
  • Please ensure you pay careful attention to the content of your personal statement on your programme/study application. KCL provides the following guidance: ‘We do not normally invite applicants for interview and so the clarity and relevance of the information you provide in your personal statement is of considerable importance to us. In particular, we would like you to describe your academic background and any relevant clinical or research interests, your reasons for applying to our particular postgraduate programme and what you hope to gain from the training we offer, and how you intend to use the knowledge and skills you acquire to further your clinical or research ambitions.’
  • Applicants and their referees must be specific about the applicant’s responsibilities and accomplishments in the KCL application programme/study application, as these will be used in the decision-making process.
  • Applicants who have programme-specific questions please contact Ritsuko Kakuma (MSc Global Mental Health Programme Director based at LSHTM) by email.

Step 2: Online scholarship application

  • For any queries about the application process, scholarship requirements or application deadline, please contact the LSHTM Scholarships team via email:
  • Applicants who encounter any technical difficulties whilst using the online scholarships application form should, in the first instance, try clearing their browser cache and ensuring that they are using the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. If this does not fix the technical issue, please contact LSHTM’s IT Services team, providing the full name of the applicant; the scholarship that is being applied for; and the technical issue that has been encountered. Please also attach a screen shot where possible:
  • Each applicant should submit only one application for the Johnson & Johnson Global Mental Health Scholarships for 2021-22. We would therefore encourage applicants to check carefully their online application and attachment before submission, as the first application submitted will be the one considered and there will be no opportunity to upload any documents after submission.
  • By applying for this funding applicants agree to its terms and conditions.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered for this funding. Incomplete applications include those with missing supplementary documentation at either/both Steps 1 and 2 above. Both the application to study and the scholarship application must be complete by the specified deadlines.

Funding selection process

Shortlisted candidates for the scholarship funding will be invited for interviews, which may be held in person or by telephone or Skype/Zoom.


Application deadline

The deadlines for applications to be considered for the Johnson & Johnson Scholarship Global Mental Health Scholarships are:

  1. For KCL Admissions application: 23:59 (GMT) on Sunday 14 February 2021
  2. For Scholarships application: 23:59 (GMT) on Sunday 21 March 2021

Shortlisting outcome

Notification of the results of shortlisting stage and invitations for an interview will be made by the week beginning Monday 26 April 2021 at the latest.


Interviews will typically be held in the first half of May.

Deadline for proof of English language proficiency

If you have been shortlisted for interview and you have not yet submitted your proof of meeting the English Language Requirements, this must be submitted by 23:59 (BST) on Wednesday 26 May 2021 at the latest. A relevant English language test result must have been either uploaded via your KCL admissions application or via the J&J Scholarship application on the relevant portals at the time of submission or sent in by email to MSc Global Mental Health Programme Director, Ritsuko Kakuma, by this deadline. No proof of English language proficiency by this date will mean applicants are no longer eligible for this funding. This is non-negotiable. Those not having submitted this by this time will no longer be considered for the scholarship.

Final decisions

Notification of final result of your application will be made by Tuesday 1 June 2021.Share

Application Deadline: Sunday 21 March 2021

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