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Chevening application window opens

Updated: Aug 08, 2016 12:37 IST

New Delhi, Aug 8 (ANI): Applications are open for the Chevening Scholarship and Fellowship programmes for 2017-18. Get set to apply for these prestigious and fully funded programmes 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, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.

Chevening is the UK government's international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders since 1983. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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.

The Chevening India programme is the largest in the world offering up to 65 fully paid scholarship 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 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 theworld and over 2,300 in India. Apart from the fantastic learning opportunities that you benefit from while on the Chevening programme at some of the world's best Universities, you also form an integral part of the UK-India relationship. This is one of the best ways for India's next generation to nurture a special relationship between the two countries."

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 we particularly welcome 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. (ANI)