The Chevening Secretariat is accepting applications for 2018/2019 Chevening Scholarships via www.chevening.org/apply from midday Monday, August 7th until Tuesday, November 7th, 2017.
Chevening Scholarships is the UK Government’s overseas scholarships awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds. The scholarship offers financial support for individuals to study for a master’s degree at any UK university and the opportunity to become part of an influential global network of 48,000 alumni. The call for new applicants follows the selection of more than 40 scholars from Nigeria, who won an award to study at a UK university this year.
There are more than 1,500 Chevening Scholarships on offer globally for the 2018/2019 academic cycle. These scholarships represent a significant investment from the UK Government to develop the next cohort of global leaders. In 2016, 51 Nigerians were awarded the prestigious scholarship
Paul Arkwright, British High Commissioner to Nigeria said: “It is my delight to announce the opening of Chevening Scholarships Programme for the 2018/19 academic year. Those who are selected for a Chevening Scholarship become recognised as leaders belonging to a global network of influencers. I call on young Nigerians looking to make a positive impact on their country, and to further deepen the strong ties between the UK and Nigeria, to avail themselves of this opportunity and apply to become Chevening scholars. ‘The UK is home to many of the world’s best universities, and Chevening enables you to develop academically, professionally, and personally whilst studying in the UK.”
Chevening scholars are empowered with a strong sense of pride and responsibility. Speaking about his experience, Benjamin Ekeyi, a Chevening alumnus from Nigeria said: “For me Chevening remains the best and most inclusive scholarship programme. The quality of knowledge in the UK universities, and the diversity of experience you gain from interacting with the best and the brightest from all over the world comprehensively prepares you for the challenges ahead”
While Chevening applications are open to any field of study, in Nigeria the scheme particularly encourages applications from candidates in five priority areas of Security, Prosperity, Good governance, Science and Innovation and Energy & Power Generation.
About 1195 Nigerians have benefitted from Chevening Scholarships since the first award in 1983. Many of them have moved on to establish successful careers in government, media, the military and security services and in business.
Some Nigerian Chevening alumni of note include: John Momoh – CEO, Channels TV and President, Chevening Alumni Association of Nigeria, Dr. Habibat Lawal – Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Herbert Wigwe – CEO, Access Bank and Charles Usie – Country Director, Christian Aid.