I had never heard of the Chevening Scholarship before I applied to Oxford. Every year the UK government awards scholarships to around 1700 international masters students, to study in the UK. When I told friends and relatives about this many of them asked ‘ Why would they do that – are you sure this is not a scam?’. It seemed too good to be true.
The Chevening Scholarship programme is aimed at ‘developing global leaders, and decision makers’. And at building lifelong relationships between these influencers and the UK. The programme is funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office and a number of partner organisations.
There certainly are influential people in Chevening’s alumni network. Chevening Alumni from Africa include Herbert Wigwe: founder and CEO of Access Bank in Nigeria, and Lesetja Kanyago: Governor of the South African Reserve Bank.
In the past academic cycle 15% of Chevening Scholars (including myself) studied business or management related courses. Chevening is looking for ‘professionals, who have already displayed outstanding leadership talents’. Potential students from 52 countries in Africa are eligible to apply.
Candidates can apply to study a huge variety of subjects which are paid for in full by Chevening. Chevening funds £18,000 towards MBA tuition fees, as well as covering your living expenses (through a monthly stipend), the cost of your visa, and your flights. In return, you will need to go back to your home country for at least two years.
Applications for Chevening scholarship awards close in November. Take a look at the scholarship requirements here: www.chevening.org
NOTE: Views expressed are those of the individual and do not reflect that of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office . For the most up to date information about applying for Chevening Scholarships, please visit www.chevening.org