Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The Scholarships are an important element in Britain’s public diplomacy effort and bring young professionals, who have already displayed outstanding leadership talents, to study in 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.
The Chevening programme began in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international scheme.
Who are Chevening Scholarships aimed at and what do the Scholars do after their awards?
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 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.
When do applications for 2013/14 Chevening Scholarships open?
Applications for 2013/14 Chevening Scholarships opened at the end of October 2012 and close in December 2012. Exact closing dates will be available on the country pages of www.chevening.org.
How to apply for a 2013/14 Chevening Scholarship
For information on applying for a Chevening Scholarship for 2013/14, sign up now for alerts at www.chevening.org and read the guidance for 2013/14 applicants at www.chevening.org/apply. Full information about deadlines and priority subjects for countries which offer Chevening Scholarships will be available on the country pages of www.chevening.org.
How are Chevening Scholars selected?
Scholars are personally selected by British High Commissioners throughout the world, sometimes in partnership with appropriate sponsoring organisations.
Where do most Chevening Scholars come from?
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.
Who funds Chevening Scholarships?
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.
The objective of the Chevening programme
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.
There are over 41,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.
The new central Chevening website
A new central Chevening Scholarships website, www.chevening.org, 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.