WINDHOEK, Aug. 18 – Applications for the prestigious Chevening Scholarships officially opened on the 7th August, and will give aspirants the chance to apply until the 7th of November 2017.
Chevening Scholarships are the United Kingdom (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 taught master’s degrees – for individuals with potential to become future leaders, decision-makers, and opinion formers.
Applications are to be submitted via www.chevening.org/apply and for the 2018/19 year, Namibia will be able to send around ten scholars; Two of these scholarships will be offered jointly by Chevening and Petrofund.
Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds. The scholarship offers full financial support for future leaders to study for any eligible master’s degree at any UK university whilst gaining access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional, and cultural events.
There are more than 1,500 scholarships on offer globally for the 2018/2019 academic year, representing a significant investment from the UK Government towards developing the leaders of tomorrow.
Jo Lomas, UK High Commissioner to Namibia, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen the Namibia-UK educational links and to offer Namibia’s future leaders a boost to their CVs. The Namibian Chevening alumni are a bunch of bright, thoughtful, energetic people who are determined to use their studies to make a difference in Namibia. Becoming a part of the Chevening network instils a strong sense of pride and responsibility; I’ve personally seen how this opportunity is able to transform lives. I encourage many more Namibians to take the chance to study at some of the world’s best universities.”
The call for new applicants follows the selection of 10 scholars from Namibia, who won an award to study at a UK university this year. One scholar is jointly funded by Chevening and Petrofund. The scholars will depart for the UK end of August, early September 2017.
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 more than 1,500 scholarships were awarded in 2017/2018. There are over 48,000 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. – Ignatius Mutasa