Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Chevening Scholarships and Fellowships (Potential Funding Opportunity)
Reference Number: R242
Key information about Chevening Scholarships
The objective of the Chevening programme is to support foreign policy priorities and achieve FCO objectives by creating lasting positive relationships with future leaders, influencers and decision makers. The programme provides a unique opportunity for leaders of the future to build a global network of continuing professional significance and also to establish social, cultural, academic or commercial partnerships with the UK.
Chevening Scholarships operate in 116 countries worldwide, and this year will support approximately 700 individuals. Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree (although some awards are for tailor-made short courses), in any subject and at any of the UK’s leading universities. Countries with most Chevening Scholars this year include: China, India, Indonesia, Egypt, South Korea and Brazil – but the reach is genuinely global, with the exception of countries within the European Union and United States of America.
Scholars undertake to return to their home country unless there are genuinely exceptional circumstances. They have an excellent record of rising to positions of leadership in their respective professions. For example, past alumni include Baldwin Spencer, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda; Anote Tong, the President of Kiribati; Sergei Stanishev, the former Prime Minister of Bulgaria; Alvaro Uribe Velez, the former President of Colombia; Marek Belka, the former Prime Minister of Poland; and Gega Mgaloblishvili, the former Prime Minister of Georgia. There are over 41,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.
A new central Chevening Scholarships website has been launched with the aim of giving Chevening Scholarships an even greater coherence and presence worldwide. Potential applicants can register their interest to receive alerts about application opening and closing dates and candidate guidance, and find out about priority subjects for countries which offer Chevening Scholarships. In addition to giving details of the Chevening application process, the website provides updates about latest developments in the scheme worldwide, and important information on applying for higher education courses in the UK more generally.
Academic Criteria and Eligibility
Chevening Scholarships are for talented people who have been identified as potential future leaders across a wide range of fields; including politics, business, the media, civil society, religion, and academia. Applicants should be high calibre graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership. Scholars are personally selected by British High Commissioners throughout the world, sometimes in partnership with appropriate sponsoring organisations.
The majority of funding comes from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. However, individual awards are co-sponsored by a wide range of international and local sponsors. UK universities also contribute through joint scholarships, recognising the exceptional quality of Chevening Scholars.
How to Apply
For information on applying for a Chevening Scholarship for 2013/14, sign up now for alerts at the Chevening website and read the guidance for 2013/14 applicants. Applications for 2013/14 Chevening Scholarships will open at the end of October 2012 and close in December 2012. Full information about deadlines and priority subjects for countries which offer Chevening Scholarships will be available on the country pages of the Chevening website.
For any further information please use the enquiries page of the Chevening wesbite.