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Applications for 2013/14 Chevening Scholarships now open

Applications for 2013/14 Chevening Scholarships now open

29 October 2012
. 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 700 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.

The Scholarships aim to support UK foreign policy priorities by creating lasting positive relationships with future leaders, influencers and decision makers around the world.

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. With 2012 marking the launch of our global website,, we expect this year’s Chevening Scholarships to be more accessible than ever before.’

Scholars are personally selected by British High Commissions and British Embassies throughout the world, sometimes in partnership with sponsoring organisations.

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 in New Zealand include the former leader of the Opposition, Phil Goff, The Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff and leading scientist Helen Anderson.

Priority subject areas vary from country to country and applicants should check the country pages of before submitting an application for a Chevening Scholarship.

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 Chevening programme began in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international scheme. Scholars come from 116 countries worldwide and 700 scholarships were awarded in 2011-2012. There are over 41,000 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


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