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Chevening Scholarships 2018/19 - for one Year Master's Degree in UK

Dear students,

UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has announced Chevening Scholarships for 2018/19 open. This program is designed to award Pakistani citizens the opportunity to study for one-year Master's degree program at a UK university beginning in fall of 2018. The grant of this program will fund participant's tuition, required textbooks, airfare, a living stipend, etc. The commission in Pakistan also assists with the visa process.

You can complete the online application form at the link:
https://chevening.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-1/brand-3/xf-7a8612676850/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/1/opp/883/apply/en-GB

Application Deadline is Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (12:00pm -  Mid-day UK time)

Please find the key details of the scholarship listed below for your reference.

Please feel free to contact us if you require any further assistance.


Kind regards,
Shehreena

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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 1500 individuals. There are over 46,000 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 focus areas include following:

- 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 (Pakistani citizens are eligible).
- 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 12 July 2018
- Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 12 July 2018

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 2015) 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/xf-7a8612676850/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/1/opp/883/apply/en-GB

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 12 July 2018.

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 12 July 2018 in order to remain in the process.

References
If you have been invited to attend an interview, you must upload two references to your online application before attending. Further details on how to do this will be included in your interview invitation

References must be:
- Written in English
- Provided in a letter format, preferably typed, and addressed to the British Embassy or High Commission (the mailing address of the diplomatic mission is not required)
- Uploaded to your application form in PDF format. The file must be no larger than 5MB.

References should cover the following:

1) How long have you known the applicant?
2) In what capacity do you know the applicant? (e.g. professional, educational, supervisory, voluntary, religious)
3) When you last had regular contact with the applicant?
4) A brief overall endorsement of the applicant, including their:
a. Skills in leadership and networking
b. Personal, intellectual, and interpersonal qualities
c. Ability to complete a demanding academic programme in the UK
d. When to upload your references

Application Deadline
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (12:00pm -  midday UK time)

Work Experience Requirement
Applicants must ensure they meet the minimum two years' work experience requirement before submitting 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.

Chevening Scholarships 2018/2019 timeline

7 November 2017 Applications close at 12:00 GMT
Mid-November to December 2017 Independent reading committees assess eligible applications
January to early February 2018 Applicants are shortlisted for interviews by the British Embassies/High Commissions in-country
By mid-February 2018 Applicants are notified that they have been selected for interview
5 March to 2 May 2018 Global interview period
Early June 2018 Announcement of interview results
12 July 2018 Deadline for UK university unconditional offers and meeting English language requirement
September/October 2018 2018/2019 Chevening Scholars commence their studies in the UK