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UK Government’s prestigious Chevening Scholarships open 3 August in Jamaica and Bahamas

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

The call for new applicants follows the selection of 11 scholars from Jamaica and one from The Bahamas 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.

High Commissioner to Jamaica, David Fitton to 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.’

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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What is a Chevening Scholarship?

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.

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