Applications for Chevening Scholarships, the prestigious global scholarship programme of the UK government, are now open.
The Scholarships, which are funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, operate in over 100 countries worldwide, and this year will support about 600 students. The Scholarships are 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.
Scholarships are aimed particularly at high quality candidates who are likely to assume leadership roles in their future careers. There are no age limits, but candidates who have already demonstrated leadership potential will be particularly welcome. There is strong competition for the limited number of scholarships that are offered each year.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office said:
The Chevening programme provides a unique opportunity for 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.
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 MPs, leading journalists, or policy advisers to NGOs and think tanks; others occupy senior positions in commercial organisations. Alumni include Baldwin Spencer, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda; Anote Tong, the President of Kiribati and Alvaro Uribe Velez, the former President of Colombia.
Over the past nineteen years, some 25 Caymanians have received Chevening scholarships for postgraduate study in Britain. Previous scholars have returned to the Cayman Islands to take up employment in a number of Government Departments and elsewhere. The Chevening programme is administered locally by the Governor’s Office.
Completed applications must be submitted online using the www.chevening.org website by Friday 1 November 2013. Late applications will not be accepted. Please contact Gill Skinner on +1 345 244 2431 or Gillian.Skinner@fco.gov.uk or Tom Hines on +1 345 244 2434 or Tom.Hines@fco.gov.uk at the Governor’s Office if you have any questions.