Need funding to study in the UK? Applications invited for Chevening scholarships

  • HT Education Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 05, 2016 18:57 IST
Chevening offers two types of awards – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships. (Shutterstock)

Applications are invited for the Chevening Scholarship and Fellowship programmes for 2017-18. These fully-funded programmes are offered by the UK government. They offer a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively and experience UK culture.

Chevening is the UK government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders since 1983. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of awards – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British embassies and high commissions throughout the world through a rigorous selection process. Click here for details.

The Chevening India programme is the largest in the world offering up to 65 fully paid scholarships and 65 fully paid fellowships every year. One-year master’s scholarships are given to outstanding Indian graduates with a minimum of two years’ work experience to study any subject of their choice at any recognised UK University. HSBC sponsors three scholars from India annually to study in fields related to environment and sustainability.

Speaking about Chevening India programme, British High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, said: “UK in India hosts the largest Chevening country programme in the world, with a £2.6 million (Rs 26 lakh) budget to fund about 130 fully funded scholarships for future Indian leaders. Once you are chosen as a Chevening Scholar, you get into a special relationship with the UK. There are over 46,000 Chevening alumni in the world and over 2,300 in India.”

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to outstanding emerging leaders to pursue a one-year master’s at any UK University. It offers financial support along with the opportunity to become part of the highly regarded and influential Chevening global network. Applicants from India can choose any course of study, but applicants from the field of energy security, climate change, urban development, defence, security, foreign policy, trade and investment, economic reforms as well as research and innovation are given preference.

Application dates: August 8, 2016 to November 8, 2016

Programme dates: September 2017 – August 2017

The Chevening fellowships are customised courses aimed at mid-to-senior level professionals who are looking to expand their knowledge and expertise in their specific field of work. The programmes are tailored, short courses which usually run for 8-12 weeks at a designated UK university. Applications for the following fellowships are open now:

The Chevening Cyber Security Fellowship is aimed at mid-career Indian professionals with demonstrable leadership potential in the field of cyber security or cyber policy in India. This programme is running since 2014. Six fellows are sent every year to the UK for a 12 week fully funded residential programme delivered at Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

The course enables a small yet significant group of Indian cyber experts to get professional training on the subject, enabling them to come up to speed with the best British practices. This goes a long way in contributing to developing mutual understanding between the two countries in mitigating cyber security threat and defence cooperation.

Application dates: August 15, 2016 to September 30, 2016

Programme commences: March 2017

The Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Fellowship started in 2011 and has since run in partnership with Rolls Royce. The 11-week programme is designed for high calibre mid-career professionals and is delivered at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Twelve Indians are among those chosen for the cohort every year. They work in the field of science, innovation, manufacturing, technology, business and related public administration with links to public policy and belong to a variety of sectors and are mostly corporate executives, entrepreneurs, research scientists, academics and public sector employees.

Application dates: August 29, 2016 to October 16, 2016

Programme commences: April 2017

The Chevening South Asia Journalism Fellowship Programme started in 2011 and is especially designed for deserving journalists from South Asia, including seven from India. It provides an informed and evidence-based context to key policy debates and mutual understanding of international positions (including an appreciation of UK approaches), supply practical experience, and encourage dialogue on key issues.

The eight-week fully-funded residential programme at the University of Westminster is customised for future media leaders and opinion formers working in the areas of political, economic and business journalism in India. The programme focuses on Good Governance in a Changing World: Media, Politics and Society.

Application dates: August 29, 2016 to October 16, 2016

Programme commences: March 2017

The Chevening Standard Chartered Financial Services Fellowship is customised to build expertise in specialist skills such as risk management, actuarial sciences, investment management and financial regulation, which will increase the talent pool in the Indian market and provide a fillip to growth in the sector.

The objective is that the fellows return to their professional positions of influence and continue engagement with the UK to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in their field of work. The fellowship will offer a high quality professional development opportunity which will provide specialist skills to encourage innovation and help improve industry capability in India. Fellows will also gain an appreciation of the value of cost-benefit analysis of financial regulation and leave with a positive impression of the UK.

The fellowship is designed for eight high ranking mid-career professionals working in the financial sector who can potentially contribute to policy making, including the ministry of finance and associated entities, financial regulators such as Reserve Bank of India, Securities and Exchange Board of India, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority, influential academics, think-tanks, entrepreneurs, particularly in areas such as financial technology and asset management.

Application dates: August 29, 2016 to October 16, 2016

Programme commences: March 2017

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