Filipinos who are interested to avail of the Chevening Scholarships are reminded of the approaching deadline for submission of application which is Nov. 15, 2014. An online application for scholarship must be submitted through www.chevening.org/apply before the closing date.
Chevening Scholarships are the global scholarship program of the government of the United Kingdom funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organizations.
The scholarships are awarded to outstanding persons with ambition; drive and leadership potentials; commitment to change and organizational development; talent for innovation and creativity; must be citizens of a Chevening-eligible country and intend to return to that country after the studies; holders of degrees equivalent to at least an upper second-class honors degree in the UK; have completed at least two years’ work or equivalent experience before applying for a Chevening Scholarship; have met the Chevening minimum English language requirement; have obtained the correct visa; and have received unconditional offers from UK universities.
Interested parties must arrange to take an English language test before applying; must have researched on the course to take and the university of choice; and, must have researched the English language requirements for the chosen courses as higher requirements are almost certain than the minimum requirements for applying for a Chevening Scholarship.
Scholarships are for a one-year master’s degree at any of the UK’s leading universities. Priority subject areas for Philippine applicants and other details can be found at www.chevening.org. Other related information can also be obtained from www.chevening.org/apply/guidance and www.gov.uk/world/philippines.
The Chevening program started in 1983 and the scholarships now operate in 116 countries worldwide. A total of 1,500 individuals will be supported for school year 2015-16. The program offer highly coveted opportunities for future leaders to develop their skills, create new networks, strengthen opportunities and expand horizons.
Most Chevening Scholarships cover tuition fees, living allowance at a set rate for one individual, an economy class return airfare to the UK and an additional allowance package. Some scholarships, however, cover part of the cost of studying in the UK, e.g., tuition fees only or allowance only.
Chevening Scholars have an excellent record of rising to positions of leadership in their respective professions in countries like Antigua and Barbuda, Kiribati, Bulgaria, Colombia, Poland and Georgia, among others.
In the Philippines, Chevening alumni include Undersecretary Chito Gascon of the Office of the President, Undersecretary Carlo Carag of the Department of Finance, and award-winning journalist Howie Severino.