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Burma: Calls for Chevening Scholarship applications for 2015/16

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The British Embassy Rangoon encourages applications from Burmese candidates for UK Chevening Scholarship Programme for the year 2015/16.

Chevening is the UK’s most prestigious scholarship scheme for foreign students and offers the opportunity for talented Burmese professionals from across the country to pursue postgraduate studies in the UK. Chevening scholarships are awarded for one-year Master Degrees at United Kingdom universities and other professional institutions.

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

The Chevening Scholarship provides a fantastic opportunity to study at some of the best universities in the UK and to join an elite worldwide community

41 Burmese young professionals have already completed Chevening Scholarships in the UK in recent years. In 2013/14, four Burmese scholars are studying at University of Oxford Brookes, University of Essex, University of Bristol and University of Ulster and pursuing their Masters degrees in Educational Leadership, Policy and Development, Theory and Practice of Human Rights and LLM in Human Rights and Transitional Law.

The British Embassy Rangoon will be accepting applications for Masters Degrees in the following broad areas of study:

• Politics / Political Science / International Relations

• Development Studies

• Law including Human Rights Law

• Conflict Resolution & Prevention

• Economics and Finance

A full scholarship will cover the cost of a UK visa, a return air ticket to the UK, all tuition fees (not exceeding £13,000 per year), and a monthly stipend and allowances. Candidates wishing to study a course with academic fees exceeding £13,000 per year should expect to part-fund their study. The scholarships do not cover costs for dependents.

Candidates are to be assessed against the following criteria:

• having the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership in their home country

• be motivated to make a career leading to a position of leadership in their own countries within 10 years of their Scholarship

• be committed to networking to find global solutions

• be able to use their studies and experience in the UK to benefit themselves, their countries and the UK

• be capable of successfully undertaking and completing their proposed course

Eligibility and Core 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 15 July 2015)

• 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 2014

There is no age limit for Chevening Scholars. We welcome applications from candidates who reflect the full diversity of Burmese society, including ethnic minority groups and people with disabilities.

How to apply

Please refer to for:

• Detailed information about recruitment criteria, application details and deadlines;

• Information on arranging an English language test,

• Information on choosing a course/university in the UK.

The deadline for applications for the 2015/16 programme is 15 November 2014. All applications should be submitted online through the website addressed above.

The British Embassy Rangoon will select the candidates in partnership with the Chevening Scholarship Secretariat in London and will help place successful scholars on suitable courses. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by March 2015 for interview.

In addition to our regular Chevening Scholarships, the British Embassy in Rangoon has Chevening partnership programme with the following prestigious institutions:

• Cambridge Commonwealth Trust

• The University of Warwick

• Prudence Foundation Limited (in the field of Economics & Finance)

• Allen & Overy (in the field of Law)

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Notes to Editors

Chevening scholarships are not applicable for PhDs, undergraduate studies or professional courses (e.g. ACCA, RIBA, ICSA etc) nor are they awarded for studies outside the UK, for distance learning or for part-time studies. For further information, please contact British Embassy Rangoon, 80 Strand Road, Rangoon, Burma, Tel: +95 1 370863, 370864, 370865 or Email:

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 began in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international scheme. Scholars come from 116 countries worldwide and approximately 1500 scholarships will be awarded for the 2015/16 Academic year globally. There are over 43,000 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 and

Press release in Burmese language can be viewed in the following file.