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Applications for 2017/18 Chevening Scholarships are now open in Taiwan

Applications for 2017/18 Chevening Scholarships, the prestigious global scholarship programme of the UK government, are now open.

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. Chevening scholarships operate in more than 160 countries and territories worldwide, and this year the programme will support over 1,400 individuals. The scholarships are awarded to outstanding established or emerging leaders to pursue a one-year Master’s degree in any subject and at any of the UK’s leading universities.

Chris Wood, Representative of the British Office, Taipei, said: ‘The British government is proud to be able to support the development of tomorrow’s world leaders. Each year, Chevening scholarships are awarded to talented individuals who want to make a difference. I hope that Taiwan’s brightest and best will apply this year to join this global network.’

Taiwanese Chevening alumni have an excellent record of rising to positions of leadership across a wide range of fields: including government, politics, business, media, civil society and academia.

Speaking about his experience in the UK, Chevening alumnus Jung-chih Kao (2010/11 scholar; now Executive Director of the Judicial Reform Foundation) said that his education in the UK helped him to “develop a different way of thinking – wider, more strategic and pragmatic. This has been extremely important in trying to push for the judicial reforms needed to make the Taiwanese system fairer.”

Fashion designer Johan Ku (2009/10 scholar) who recently opened his flagship store in Taipei, said that “the Chevening scholarship allowed him to realise his ambition to make a connection to the global market”, by studying in the most famous fashion school in the world in the heart of the global fashion design industry: London. He took advantage of London and its opportunities, helping him to build a foundation for an international fashion career. One area that Johan believes set the UK apart is “its culture of diversity and creativity in which everyone has the freedom to express themselves.”

Applications for Chevening Scholarships must be submitted online at Chevening website. Applicants should read the online guidance and demonstrate how they meet the Chevening selection criteria before submitting an application. Further details are available at Chevening Taiwan. The deadline for applications is 08 November 2016.

About Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The Chevening programme, which was established in 1983, has developed into a prestigious international scheme. Scholars come from 160 countries and territories worldwide and over 1400 Scholarships will be awarded this year. There are over 43,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.

Taiwan’s Partners

Delta Electronics Foundation

Since 2008, with the continued support and cooperation of the Delta Electronics Foundation, the British Office has been pleased to have been able to offer two joint scholarships. Applicants can choose any course but must be able to demonstrate their determination to use the skills they acquire to work for environmental protection.

Professor Winston Wong

Since 2013, the British Office has been pleased to collaborate with Professor Winston Wong to offer scholarships for students who plan to study in the UK for a master degree in any subject.

Eligibility for 2017/18 Chevening Scholarships

Applicants for 2017/18 Chevening Scholarships must:

  • be a citizen of Taiwan, and intend to return there at the end of the period of study;
  • hold a degree that is equivalent to at least an upper second-class honours degree in the UK (in Taiwan we usually expect grades of over 75%);
  • achieve the minimum Chevening English language requirement (minimum IELTS level 6.5);
  • have completed at least two years’ work or equivalent experience before applying for a Chevening Scholarship;

Further Information

  1. Successful applicants will enjoy a scholarship covering full tuition fees and assistance from the Chevening Secretariat in the UK. (There is however a fee cap of £18,000 for candidates who study for an MBA or Master of Finance).

  2. Interviews will be held at the end of February 2017 in the British Office in Taipei. No telephone interviews are allowed.