The Scholarships, which are funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, operate in 118 countries worldwide, and this year will support over 600 established or emerging leaders. Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree, in any subject and at any of the UK’s leading universities.
The Scholarships aim to support UK foreign policy priorities by creating lasting positive relationships with future leaders, influencers and decision-makers around the world.
Andrew Key, Minister and Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Beijing, said:
The Chevening programme provides a unique opportunity for Chinese leaders of the future to build a global network of continuing professional significance. It enables talented individuals to establish social, cultural, academic or commercial partnerships with the UK and to increase mutual understanding between our two countries. With 2013 marking the 30th anniversary of the programme, I am confident that this year’s Chevening Scholarships will continue to attract the very brightest and best.
Scholars are personally selected by British Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world, sometimes in partnership with sponsoring organisations.
Chevening alumni have an excellent record of rising to positions of leadership across a wide range of fields: including politics, business, the media, civil society, religion, and academia. Some work as Members of Parliament (MPs), leading journalists, or policy advisers to Non-govermental organizations (NGOs) and think tanks; others occupy senior positions in commercial organisations.
Applications for Chevening Scholarships must be submitted online at the Chevening website. Applicants should read the online guidance and demonstrate how they meet the Chevening selection criteria before submitting an application. Further details of closing dates and priority subject areas (which vary from country to country) are available on the country pages of the Chevening website
For further information, please contact: Chevening.Beijing@fco.gov.uk
About Chevening Scholarships
Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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
Eligibility for 2014/15 Chevening Scholarships
Applicants for 2014/15 Chevening Scholarships must:
- be a Chinese citizen living in the mainland China at the time of application, and intend to return to China at the end of the study;
- meet the academic requirements for their chosen courses of study, e.g. bachelor’s degree recognised by the UK universities;
- have been admitted by or at least have applied to a master’s course at a university in UK;
- achieve the minimum Chevening English language requirement;
- have completed at least two years’ work or equivalent experience before applying for a Chevening Scholarship;
- not be employees, relatives of employees, or former employees (who left within the past two years) of Her Majesty’s Government including FCO (and its British Embassies and High Commissions), Department for International Development (DFID), UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), Ministry of Defence (MOD), Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), UK Border Agency (UKBA), the Chevening Scholarship Secretariat, a partner (sponsor), or sponsoring UK university;
- not be in receipt of any other scholarships or award for the academic year, and not have previously received a UK government-funded scholarship in the past three years.