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Burma: Applications for Chevening Scholarships open 3 August

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

Chevening uncondionally selected candidates for 2015-2016 from Burma
Chevening uncondionally selected candidates for 2015-2016 from Burma

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 and the opportunity to become part of an influential global network of 44,000 alumni.

The call for new applicants follows the selection of at least ten scholars from Burma, who won an award to study at a UK university this year.

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.

The British Ambassador to Burma, H.E Andrew Patrick said:

Being a Chevening Scholar marks you out as someone with drive and ability, and also as someone who wants to contribute to the development of your country. It offers you a unique opportunity to gain academic experience and at the same time to broaden your global and social outlooks. Above all, it empowers you with a sense of pride and responsibility. I believe that the role of Chevening Scholars is very important in building bridges between their home countries and the UK as Chevening Scholars learn how to be ambassadors for knowledge and for leadership.

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.

Further information

Applications must be submitted online through the Chevening Online Application System. Chevening Website

Applicants from Burma can choose any course of study in the following fields:

  • Conflict resolution and prevention

  • Development studies

  • Economics

  • Finance

  • Human rights law

  • International relations

  • Law

  • Political science

  • Politics

The course and field of study should relate to the current or future career goals of applicants.

Eligibility 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 Burmese applicants must fulfil this English language requirement by 14 July 2016)

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

  • be a national of Burma 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 good UK second-class honours degree
  • have at least two years’ work or equivalent experience by 30 September 2015

Visit Chevening FAQs for detailed information on the eligibility criteria and award specifications.


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Notes to editors

Chevening Scholarships are the UK Government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The scholarships support study at UK universities – mostly one year Master’s degrees – for individuals with demonstrable potential to become future leaders, decision-makers, and opinion formers.

Chevening began in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international awards scheme. Chevening Scholars come from over 160 countries and territories worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU), and over 1,500 scholarships were awarded in 2015/2016. There are over 44,000 Chevening Alumni around the world who comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.

The name ‘Chevening’ comes from Chevening House in Sevenoaks, Kent – currently the joint official residence of the UK’s Foreign Secretary.

More information is available at Chevening Website

Published 11 August 2015