Scholars

Scholars

Hansard Scholars outside the Palace of Westminster

Hansard Scholars outside the Palace of Westminster

For almost  30 years the Hansard Society’s prestigious Hansard Scholars Programmes have been bringing undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals from around the world to study and experience British politics from the inside.

The Programme continues to offer undergraduates from all over the world but primarily the US, the opportunity to learn about British politics from the heart of the British political establishment.

Unfortunately, due to changes in UK immigration rules and scholarship funding, we are no longer offering a Postgraduate Programme. 

Our unique programmes, which fuse taught courses with a political placement, aim at providing our Scholars with the rigorous academic background and sharp professional insights necessary to take the next step in their careers in politics, public service, law, commerce and the third sector. 

All of our Scholars’ interests and ambitions are carefully considered on an individual basis, allowing us to design a specialised programme that facilitates the long term goals of each Scholar.

For more information about our programmes, use the navigation menu above or contact the Scholars team.

Two Scholarship awards are available for Spring 2015 participants: the Hansard Society Trustees 70th Anniversary Award (£1000. GBP) and the Hansard Society Trustees Leadership Award (£500. GBP).  Details of the essay competition for these two awards will be sent to Spring Scholars who have completed the application process and been accepted to the Programme.

The Hansard Scholars Programme is a member of The Forum on Education Abroad, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Association of American Study Abroad Programmes UK and StudyUK. 

Scholars News

scholars-summer-logoThe Spring 2015 Hansard Scholars Programme promises to be the most exciting yet as the British political establishment gears up for the General Election on 7th May 2015.  In addition to the academic courses and the integral and assessed experiential placement at Westminster, Scholars will have the chance to examine nationalism and devolution first hand through the Programme’s integrated study visits to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff.  The academic programme also includes a guest lecture series with experts from the world of politics, academia and the media addressing topical issues of the day.  

The Programme is arranged in association with the world renowned London School of Economics and Political Science (though it is not to be confused with the LSE’s own Parliamentary internship scheme and the course is not an LSE course; it is a bespoke Hansard Society course).  Hansard Scholars are associate students at the LSE, which provides full access to the library, IT facilities and other services; nominal additional charges are made for some LSE activities.  

Accommodation is in a state-of-the-art, fully furnished and equipped residence in a prime Central London location.

Dates of the Spring 2015 Programme are 17th January – 25th April.  We operate a rolling admissions process and aim to let applicants know the status of their application within a week of submission. 

The cost of the 14 week Programme is £9,950. (GBP). This includes UK tuition and LSE registration, self-catering accommodation in Central London, orientation, political, social and cultural events including rail travel to and from, and accommodation in, Edinburgh and Cardiff, and all administrative and support services.  (The fee does not include tuition at home institution, airfare, local transportation costs, food or miscellaneous living expenses.)

The Hansard Programme staff provides participants with detailed guidance and assistance with the Tier 4 visa application process.

Apply now.

For more information, contact the Scholars Team.

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Scholars Programme dates

Dates for upcoming programmes:

Autumn 2014 - Undergraduate
6 September - 13 December 2014 (14 weeks)

Spring 2015 - Undergraduate
17 January - 25 April 2015 (14 weeks)

Summer 2015 - Undergraduate
23 May - 18 July 2015 (8 weeks)

Autumn 2015 - Undergraduate
5 September - 12 December 2015 (14 weeks)

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