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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

British Chevening Scholarships

What are the aims of the scholarships?
These scholarships enable future leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers from around the world to become familiar with the UK, to gain new skills or update current professional skills. The ultimate objective is that Chevening scholars benefit their countries on their return.

Why apply for a scholarship?
Chevening scholarships offer an ideal opportunity for young professionals to study their chosen subject, and to meet and network with their peers in the UK’s unique learning atmosphere. The British Prime Minister Tony Blair said "the UK offers a first class ticket to educational excellence".

Where does the scheme operate?
Chevening scholarships are available in more than 150 countries, including Malaysia.

Why are they called Chevening?
They are named after Chevening House in Kent, the official country residence of the Foreign Secretary.

Chevening Scholarships in Malaysia
Over 1000 Malaysian scholars have studied in the UK since the programme started in 1984. Most now hold positions of responsibility in public administration and government, international organisations, journalism, commerce, science and education. The scholarships are used to fund short-term tailor-made professional courses and long-term academic programmes in UK higher education institutions. Companies and academic institutions also support the Chevening Malaysia programme through the co-funding of a Partnership Award.

Are the Chevening scholarships course or institution specific?
No. You can search for information on admission to universities and courses from this website.

Am I eligible to apply?
If you would like to be considered for a Chevening Scholarship, you should have an upper second class degree or higher. You should also be able to demonstrate drive, determination, ambition and have a strong personality.
In addition, you would be expected to show you have some working experience, with an excellent track record illustrating your achievements, and evidence that you will become a leader in your chosen field. Most successful candidates are aged between 25 and 35.
The scholarship is not for you if you wish to pursue undergraduate studies, professional courses, part-time and distance learning UK postgraduate programmes.

What does the scholarship fund?
Scholarships are awarded for studies of up to one year and will cover tuition fees, a monthly living allowance, a modest allowance to help with settling in the UK and to cover books and warm clothing, a return airfare to the UK and a gratis student visa. However, for business school programmes the tuition fees' element of the scholarship is capped at £12,000.

How do I apply?
Applicants should apply through the Foreign & Commonwealth Office electronic online application system (e-Chevening).

When can I apply?
Applications for the British Chevening Scholarships Malaysia Programme for the academic year 2008/09 are now closed.The next recruitment round in August and September of 2008 will be for the academic year 2009/10.