Chevening Scholarships 2016/17 - for one Year Master's Degree in UK

Introduction:
Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). These prestigious scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential across a wide range of fields. They offer highly coveted opportunities for future leaders to study for a one-year Master’s degree at the UK’s top universities.

Chevening Scholars come from over 116 countries worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU), and this year the Scholarships will support approximately 700 individuals. There are over 41,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network. The scheme was established in 1983; over 1200 Pakistani nationals have been awarded a Chevening Scholarship.

The programme provides a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers and decision makers to build a global network of continuing professional significance and also to establish social, cultural, academic or commercial partnerships with the UK. It also helps to create lasting possible relationships between Pakistan and the UK.

Chevening Grant Includes:
· university tuition fees
· a monthly stipend
· travel costs to and from the UK
· an arrival allowance
· a homeward departure allowance
· a thesis grant
· a grant for study materials
· a study travel allowance
· the cost of one visa application
· a travel grant to attend Chevening events in the UK

Areas of Scholarship Focus:
Applicants from Pakistan can choose any course of study, but this year's focus will be on the following fields:
Business
Conflict resolution
Democracy
Energy
Good governance
Innovation
Public services
Regional co-operation
Security

Eligibility Criteria:
To be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship you must:
· Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country.
· Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your scholarship has ended
· Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry to a post-graduate programme at a UK university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK
· Have at least two years’ work experience
· Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 14 July 2016
· Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 14 July 2016

You are not eligible for a Chevening Scholarship if you:
· Hold British or dual British citizenship (unless you are a citizen of a British Overseas Territory or hold BN(O) and are applying from Hong Kong)
· Are an employee, a relative of an employee, or a former employee (since July 2013) of Her Majesty’s Government (including British Embassies/High Commissions, the Department for International Development, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK Trade and Investment, the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office), the British Council, a partner, a sponsoring UK university, or a staff member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
· Have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship. Chevening Alumni are not eligible to apply for a further scholarship but may be eligible to apply for a fellowship five years after completion of the first award.

Online Application Link:
https://chevening.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-1/brand-3/user-518348/candidate/eform/763056/page/1

Application Documents
Prior to starting your application for a Chevening Scholarship please ensure you have the following ready:

Essential:
· Two references to be provided in a letter format and written in English
· Valid passport/national ID card
· University transcripts (undergraduate, postgraduate)
· Three different UK Master's course choices

Please note that only documents in PDF format can be uploaded and documents cannot be over 5MB in size.

Optional:
· English language (if already met the requirements)
· UK Master's university offer (if already met the requirements)

You can submit your initial application without these optional documents and upload them to your application at any point up to 14 July 2016.

Please note that if you are eventually conditionally selected for a Chevening Scholarship, it is essential that you provide evidence that you meet the Chevening English language requirements and that you have at least one offer from an eligible course before 14 July 2016 in order to remain in the process.

Application Deadline
November 3, 2015 (12:00pm – midday UK time)

Work Experience Requirement:
Applicants must ensure they meet the minimum two years’ work experience requirement before submitting their Chevening application. If you do not already have the required level of work experience, you will be unable to submit your application.

The types of work experience that are eligible for Chevening can include:
· Full-time employment
· Part-time employment
· Voluntary work
· Paid or unpaid internships

Work experience can be completed before, during, or after graduating from your undergraduate studies. But it should be 2800 hours of work experience.