The Chevening Scholarships program, initiated in 1984, is intended to support outstanding individuals with a potential to be future leaders across a wide range of fields. Most of the funding for this program is received from Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of UK Government. Some higher education institutions and other organizations also contribute for these scholarships. Successful candidates are selected from a wide range of disciplines including politics, business, the media, civil society, and religion and usually undertake a one year master’s degree program.
Chevening Scholarships are for high calibre graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership. Applicants should be:
- Motivated to make a career that will take them to positions of leadership in their own country within ten years of their scholarship
- Able to use their studies and experience in the UK to benefit themselves, their countries and the UK
- Natural influencers and talented communicators, with energy and ambition
- People who value networking and who can demonstrate the value of networks to their studies, and to bringing about change on a global level
- Intelligent, with demonstrable academic potential
- Strong characters with integrity, drive, and the ability to self manage and work independently
- Have good English language skills with and should check what IELTS score or equivalent is required for admission to postgraduate courses
- Meet the academic requirements for their courses of study
Applicants cannot be:
- A UK or EU national.
- An employee of the FCO (including British Embassies and High Commissions), the British Council, a co-sponsor or sponsoring UK university, or their relatives, or former employee who left such employment within the past two years.
- People who have already received financial benefit from an HMG-funded award.
Whom to Contact?
You should always direct your enquiry to the local British Council Office. In a small number of countries there is no British Council representation, in which case you can contact the British Embassy.
How to apply?
There is no coordinated global launch of the program. British missions around the world will advertise Chevening separately, so timings will vary. Some Embassies will advertise as early as late autumn, while others will start as late as spring.
Before applying, please check your local British Embassy or High Commission website, and your local British Council website, for details about how the scheme will operate in your country, including information about timings and whether criteria about areas of interest have been applied. Foreign Office priorities are likely to be borne in mind during selection but it is also possible that local criteria will have been applied too.
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