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Applications open for prestigious Chevening scholarships

Published:Monday | August 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM
British High Commissioner Jeremy Cresswell at a reception for Chevening Scholars at Trafalgar House in 2009.

Applications for Chevening Scholarships to study in the United Kingdom (UK) are open between August 6 and November 6, 2018, with applications to be submitted via

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds. The scholarship offers full financial support for future leaders to study for any eligible master's degree at any UK university, while also gaining access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional, and cultural experiences. Eligibility criteria includes at least two years of employment experience and a commitment to return home to make a contribution to Jamaica.

Over the last 35 years, 50,000 outstanding professionals have had the opportunity to develop in the UK through Chevening. There are more than 1,500 scholarships on offer globally for the 2019-2020 academic year, demonstrating the UK's ongoing commitment towards developing the leaders of tomorrow.




High Commissioner to Jamaica and The Bahamas Asif Ahmad said: "We are looking for ambitious, professional, forward-thinking leaders from any walk of life. There is no such thing as a 'typical' Chevening scholar, but one thing that all of our previous scholars have in common is that they were bold enough to step forward and apply.

"If you are chosen for Chevening, you will receive a first-rate UK education which can open doors in your career. You will also become part of the global Chevening alumni network full of dynamic influencers, who have shared the same experience as you will, and can offer mentorship, advice, and contacts.

"There is a lot to gain from submitting a thoughtful application, so if you or someone you know has what it takes to be a Chevening scholar, I would encourage you to apply before the November 6 deadline."

Head of scholarships at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ben Coates, said: "The UK continues to play a leading role globally. Home to some of the world's best universities, brightest students, and most revered academics, the UK's higher education sector promotes the exchange of information and ideas, as well as the building of knowledge and networks. Chevening scholars find themselves immersed in that world, and emerge having grown academically, professionally, and personally as a result of their time in the UK.

"Chevening scholars share the best their country has to offer with those they meet in the UK, and then share the best the UK has to offer when they return home. The role that the Chevening community plays in building bridges between countries is as important now as it has ever been."

The call for new applicants follows the selection of 22 scholars from Jamaica, who won an award to study at a UK university this year. Successful applicants have been sharing their stories through the #ChosenForChevening hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

Visit for detailed information on the eligibility criteria and scholarship specifications.