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2014/15 Chevening Scholarships in Hong Kong: deadline approaching

Applications for 2014/15 Chevening Scholarships, the prestigious global scholarship programme of the UK government, are closing soon.

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The deadline for applicants from Hong Kong will be 15 November 2013.

Chevening Scholarships are funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and awarded to exceptional individuals with leadership potential. Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree, in any subject and at any UK university.

The British Consulate-General Hong Kong particularly welcomes applications for Masters Degrees in the following broad areas of study:

  • business, finance and economics

  • government and public service

  • human rights

  • constitutional reform

  • legal services and the judiciary

  • low carbon and energy security

A full scholarship will cover the cost of a UK visa, a return air ticket to the UK, tuition fees and a monthly stipend and allowances. The scholarships do not cover costs for dependents.

Candidates are to be assessed against the following criteria:

  • having the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership in their home country

  • be motivated to make a career leading to a position of leadership in their own countries within 10 years of their Scholarship

  • be committed to networking to find global solutions

  • be able to use their studies and experience in the UK to benefit themselves, their countries and the UK

  • be capable of successfully undertaking and completing their proposed course

Eligibility and Core criteria

All selected Scholars must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • achieve a minimum level of English language ability at the time of application. The minimum English language requirement to qualify for a Chevening Scholarship will be Academic IELTS 6.5, IBT TOEFL 79, or equivalent (all Hong Kong applicants must fulfil this English language requirement by 23 June 2014)

  • meet the academic and English language requirements for their chosen course of study

  • hold Hong Kong or Macao citizenship (including BNO passports) at the time of applying for the award, and intend to return there at the end of the period of study

  • hold a degree of an equivalent standard to at least a UK upper second-class honours degree

  • have at least two years’ work or equivalent experience by the time of application

There is no age limit for Chevening Scholars. We welcome applications from candidates who reflect the full diversity of Hong Kong society, including ethnic minority groups and people with disabilities.

How to apply

Candidates must apply online at Candidates can also find guidance for their application on the website including:

  • detailed information about recruitment criteria, application details and deadlines

  • information on arranging an English language test

  • information on choosing a course/university in the UK

The British Consulate-General will select the candidates in partnership with the Chevening Scholarship Secretariat in London and will help place successful scholars on suitable courses. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by February/March 2014 for interview.

The British Consulate-General Hong Kong encourages all potential applicants to apply the scholarship programme well in advance of the deadline of 15 November 2013.

Chevening Scholarships in Hong Kong

About Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations. 2013 is the 30th anniversary of the Chevening programme, which was established in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international scheme. Scholars come from 118 countries worldwide and over 600 Scholarships will be awarded this year. There are over 42,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network. For further information and to apply for a Chevening Scholarship please see the Chevening website.

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Published 1 November 2013