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Applications for the Chevening Scholarships opened 3 August

Applications for the UK Government’s prestigious Chevening Scholarships open from 3 August until 3 November 2015

2014/15 Chevening Scholars with High Commissioner Judith Macgregor
2014/15 Chevening Scholars with High Commissioner Judith Macgregor

The Chevening Secretariat is accepting applications for 2016/2017 Chevening Scholarships via from 3 August until 3 November 2015.

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with strong academic backgrounds who also have demonstrable leadership potential. The scholarship offers financial support to study for a Master’s degree at any of the UK’s leading universities. More than 320 South African nationals form part of an influential global network of 44,000 alumni.

There are approximately 1,500 Chevening Scholarships on offer globally for the 2016/2017 academic cycle. These scholarships represent a significant investment from the UK Government to develop the next cohort of global leaders.

British High Commissioner, HE Mrs Judith Macgregor said:

‘I am delighted to launch the application process of the Chevening Scholarships for the 2016/2017 academic cycle. It follows a selection this year of some 40 scholars from South Africa that will soon begin an amazing journey at a number of UK Universities. The Chevening Programme is a fabulous opportunity to help young South Africans develop skills and long-lasting friendships in the UK and then build upon these on their return to their homeland. I hope young and upcoming leaders will seize the opportunity to participate in this prestigious programme’

Chevening Secretariat Director, Michael Scott-Kline, said:

‘A Chevening Scholarship is a mark of honour bestowed on individuals who have been identified as having the qualities to become highly influential global leaders. Not only do award recipients receive a first-rate UK education, through Chevening they join a vibrant community of Chevening Alumni, Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff, UK universities, and partner organisations. Chevening Award recipients will draw on and contribute to this community for the rest of their lives. I am delighted to announce the opening of the 2016/2017 competition for Chevening Scholarships. I strongly encourage emerging and established leaders to make an application – it may be the best decision you ever make.’ Chevening Programme Manager, Nyssa Lee-Woolf, said:

‘As well as an unparalleled academic experience, Chevening Scholars enjoy exclusive access to a wide range of events and opportunities designed to introduce them to the UK, its history, institutions, customs, and people. Scholars could take in the breath-taking views of the Scottish Highlands, come face to face with Britain’s heritage and history in its stately homes and castles, or debate diplomacy and international policy at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.‘

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Published 14 August 2015