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Exceptional candidates to undertake postgraduate study at leading universities in the UK
Chevening Scholarship is one among the prestigious scholarship awarded for exceptional candidates to undertake postgraduate study at leading universities in the UK. Every year, the Chevening programme supports around 2000 leaders from over 130 countries to study in the UK, who receive financial assistance for their studies. Of these, approximately 120 professionals come from India. For the successful applicants, the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) offers complete scholarships covering tuition fees ( upto £12,000), economy flights to and from the UK and living costs.
British Chevening Scholarship Programmes was launched in 1983 and India was one of the first 39 countries to send scholars. These programmes are specifically meant for outstanding candidates who are leaders in their own fields and are looking to form networks and strengthen their opportunities. The scholarships helps future leaders, decision makers and opinion formers to sharpen their leadership qualities by providing the opportunity to study in the stimulating intellectual environs of Britain's leading institutions of higher learning. The objective of the programme is to encourage young and dynamic Indian students and professionals to study in the UK and then return to India to contribute to ongoing and future work in the relevant discipline.
The British Embassy Yerevan is offering Chevening Scholarships, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and administered by the British Council. They are awarded on a competitive basis for a Master's degree programme in the fields of :
Scheme A : It is a long term open scholarships and these scholarships are applicable for a one-year postgraduate (Master's) study at any UK university. These are fully funded by the FCO. The deadline for applying to scheme A is November
Scheme B : These are short term professional scholarships for working professionals to attend tailor-made courses of up to three months at identified UK institutions. These courses are tailor-made for the targeted professional groups such as journalists, lawyers, corporate managers etc. in public, private and non-government sectors. The deadline of applying is on November.
Scheme C : Scheme C is a long term shared or joint scholarship. These scholarships are applicable for a one-year postgraduate study (Master's) at specific UK universities. These scholarships are funded by the FCO and one or two co-sponsor(s). The FCO's co-sponsors include UK universities, British and foreign companies (including AXA and Prudential), foundations and trusts, and other institutions. The last date for applying to the scheme C programmes is on March.
The Chevening Scholarship programmes for India are :
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Applicants must have the potential to rise to positions of leadership and influence. They will need to demonstrate that they posses the personal, intellectual and interpersonal attributes reflecting this potential. Although the scholars must meet the academic requirements for their courses of study, academic excellence is not the determining selection criterion for the scholarship.
The applicant should be :
The scholarships are fully valued for :
Any Master’s course of more than 12 months duration is generally not eligible. PhD and other research courses are NOT eligible. If English is neither your first language nor the medium of academic instruction, you will be required to provide evidence of your proficiency in the language e.g. a satisfactory score in IELTS or similar international English language proficiency tests. A list of acceptable tests can be obtained directly from the UK institutions you are applying to.
The applicant are not eligible to apply for a British Chevening Scholarship under the India Programme, if they :
• have already started a course of study in the UK at the time of application
• have received funding for a study programme from the UK govt. in the past
• are in the final year of graduation not having completed your first degree at the time of application. (The only exception to this clause is programme COI-Indian friends of London School of Economics Shared Scholarship, where students in their final year of graduation are eligible to apply.)
Prospectus and application forms are available from the British Council offices in Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi and the British Libraries in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram. Applications should reach your nearest British Council office in Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai or New Delhi by the stipulated deadline.Applicants for Scheme A and C are advised to apply to the universities before making their scholarship application.
Candidates for the Chevening programme are selected through a process of shortlisting from the applications received by the British Council, followed by personal interviews, which are generally held in New Delhi. Subsequent to the interviews the selection committee identifies the required number of candidates for the awards. The decision of the selection committee is final.
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