What are Chevening Scholarships?
Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The Scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential. Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree.
Who can apply for a Chevening Scholarship?
Chevening Scholarships are for talented people who have been identified as potential future leaders across a wide range of fields; including politics, business, the media, civil society, religion, and academia. Applicants should be high calibre graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership. Chevening Scholars come from over 110 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.
When do applications for 2013/14 Chevening Scholarships open?
Applications for 2013/14 Chevening Scholarships will open at the end of October 2012 and close in December 2012. Exact dates will be available on the country pages of www.chevening.org.
How to apply for a Chevening Scholarship
For information on applying for a Chevening Scholarship for 2013/14, sign up now for alerts at www.chevening.org and read the guidance for 2013/14 applicants at www.chevening.org/apply. Full information about deadlines and priority subjects for countries which offer Chevening Scholarships will be available on the country pages of www.chevening.org.
For further information on applying for a Chevening Scholarship, sign up for alerts at www.chevening.org. Applicants can also contact the Chevening Scholarships Secretariat at www.chevening.org/enquiry.
All Chevening students in the UK are invited to a reception at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. During the School's Induction week, each department at the LSE hosts a reception for all the new students and the International Development's reception will be held on Thursday 30th September.
As Chevening students are from all parts of the globe we feel it is important that you get to know one another early in the academic year. International Development will therefore hold a separate reception during the early weeks of Michaelmas term specifically for International Development British Council students, where we will inform you of some of the benefits available to you. Details will be confirmed at a later date. Could all Chevening students make themselves known to the office during the first week of term.
Every year International Development offers students on each of its masters programmes the opportunity to attend a workshop at Cumberland Lodge in Great Windsor Park. Each workshop is designed by International Development academic staff and addresses a particular issue which is topical and relevant to each programme. For example in 2011-12, the theme of the MSc Development Studies workshop was "Climate Change, Resource Scarcity and Disasters", which explored the impacts such as "Political instability, food insecurity, economic weakness and internal migration.
One of the main purposes of the Foundation that runs Cumberland Lodge (King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Foundation of St Catharine's) has always been to provide a place to serve the needs of students and to encourage an interchange of thought between British and overseas students, in particular with those from the Commonwealth. Each year the Lodge is used by over 3,500 students and their teachers, predominantly from the colleges of the University of London, but also from other universities and institutions of higher education, including the Inns of Court.
Attending one of the International Development workshops is a wonderful opportunity to explore and discuss mattes of common concern in an informal and relaxed environment. Spaces are limited but Chevening students should take advantage of the use of their travel fund to apply for a place at one of the workshops and discuss this with their regional support officer. Further information about Cumberland Lodge.
Accommodation in London
Aside from the course you are taking at the School, the most important aspect of your time in London is likely to be the place in which you live. Information on the LSE's Accommodation Office website is designed to give you an idea of the range of residences, both LSE and Intercollegiate (University of London) and private housing options available www.lse.ac.uk/accommodation/.
Additionally, some Chevening scholars stay at private resident halls in London. See also information about Goodenough College http://www.goodenough.ac.uk/ and also International Student Hall http://www.london.ac.uk/226.html. The British Council website also provides useful information about living in the UK for international students new to the country: see www.britishcouncil.org.
Questions and Answers for new students
There are many questions that you will want to ask, and your first port of call should be to look at the International Development website on the link for Frequently Asked Questions: www.lse.ac.uk/DESTIN.faq.
Your contacts at the Department of International Development:
Following your arrival at International Development, the Administrative Team are more than willing to help you with any queries you may have about your programme.