[England] Scholarships for African Students in UK - Chevening Scholarship Programme

Are you a future leader who is already experienced in your chosen profession and would like to further develop your career with a postgraduate course in the UK? Then the Chevening Scholarship could be right for you.

About Chevening Scholarships
The Chevening Scholarship Programme is a prestigious awards scheme that funds international postgraduate students who want to study in the UK for one academic year. Funded by the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office and administered by the British Council, the scheme operates in over 150 countries and annually provides funding for over 2 300 scholars.

Applications are only accepted at certain times of the year and these will be advertised here on this site and in the local newspapers.

Why should I choose a Chevening Scholarship?
This is a prestigious award that gives you the chance to experience a world-renowned educational system. In addition, it provides you with the opportunity to experience UK life and meet other Chevening scholars. Once you become a Chevening scholar, you will discover a lot of opportunities to develop your career and become a future leader in your field. Hear from the Chevening scholars (DOC) themselves.

Who can apply?
You can apply for a Chevening scholarship if:

  • You are a postgraduate student who can prove your academic success and who has already begun a career in your chosen field
  • You'll need to show you have between 2 and 5 years working experience (depending on the country you are applying in), with an excellent track record illustrating your achievements and your potential to use the skills gained during your scholarship to make a difference in your country
  • You have achieved an excellent mark for you undergraduate degree and can provide a transcript of your academic record. Specific academic requirements are available from the British Council offices in your country.
  • You must be 21 years and older (there are upper age limits for specific countries so please ensure you check this during your applications process)
  • You must be a resident in your country when you apply and provide your birth certificate (with translation)
  • You must have good English language skills (most UK Higher Education institutions require a minimum IELTS of 6.5 (PDF) for admission into postgraduate courses)

How to apply
You will need to submit the following documents to us when the application season is open:

  • Complete the application online or the download the form (PDF) depending on the country. (See below).
  • birth certificate (with translation)
  • supporting letters from two referees
  • photocopies of academic certificates
  • transcript/record of exams that you have passed

Applicants will normally be selected from those who wish to take courses in: economics, finance, banking, law, human rights, public administration, management, project planning, media, political science, international relations, diplomatic training and environmental studies although applicants for other courses (as varied as counter-terrorism, religion and energy/climate change) may be considered. You are expected to show a commitment to return to your country, where you will contribute to the country's socio-economic development using the new skills and knowledge acquired during your stay in the UK.

When to apply
Applications are only accepted at certain times of the year and differ per country. The dates will be advertised here on this site and in the local newspapers. If you would like us to notify you of web updates on this page please complete the website feedback form.

Applications are open in the following countries only:

  • TANZANIA
    Apply online Deadline: 31 December 2008 Advert
  • MAURITIUS
    Application form Deadline: 12 January 2009 Advert
  • GHANA
    Apply online Deadline: 12 January 2009 Advert
  • NAMIBIA
    Application form Deadline: 15 February 2009 Advert
  • SWAZILAND
    Application form Deadline: 15 February 2009 Advert
  • LESOTHO
    Application form Deadline: 15 February 2009 Advert

Where to study in the UK
Find out about UK Universities.
For further information about the Chevening programme please visit the Chevening website or contact your local office.

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