Chevening, a UK government sponsored scholarship program has opened applications for Kenyans and other eligible youth around the world.
According to the program, applications will run from September 12 to November 7, 2023.
Launched in 1983, the Chevening is a renowned global program funded by the UK government and known for its commitment towards nurturing minds around the world.
It targets scholars with a desire to inspire and offers learning opportunities in a range of fields before releasing them to return to their home countries after one year.
Successful applicants earn a chance to enroll in the various universities and courses offered in the UK.
Benefits of Chevening scholarship
Besides education, Chevening offers successful applicants a chance to network and interact with learners from diverse backgrounds around the world.
According to official information by the program, cohorts enjoy several benefits including fully paid university tuition fees, a monthly stipend, and an arrival allowance.
In addition, the program covers travel costs for both journeys, visa application and a homeward departure allowance.
Eligibility for scholarship
To be eligible for the scholarships, one should be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country like Kenya. In addition, the applicant should be willing to return to his or her country of citizenship for a minimum of two years once the scholarship period ends.
Further, the program specifies that applicants should have an undergraduate degree with a minimum of second-class upper division.
However, the level of the degree could vary according to the institution or course applied for.
Additionally, applicants must prove proficiency in the English language. There is, however, no stipulated age limit for applicants.
Scholars will also have the privilege of experiencing the vast culture of the UK including sports activities.
How to apply for Chevening scholarship
According to the program, the process of selecting scholars takes a minimum of eight months starting from the deadline of application.
Chevening underscores the need to prepare adequately as a way of boosting selection chances.
To apply, interested candidates will submit their credentials through the online application system (OPS), which according to Chevening will be used throughout the process.
In its guidance tips, Chevening advises applicants to use Chrome for browsing and preferably use a desktop for a better experience.
The applicant, upon signing in, will fill information on the provided spaces including contact information in English.
While filling in the details, the program notes that one should be saving regularly as the system does not automatically save.
Further, candidates are reminded that all uploaded files should not exceed 5mb in size.
Upon filling in all the details, click submit. Notably, the system only allows one application from a person. As such, the instructions state that applicants should be careful to submit incomplete applications.
Subsequently, the applications are subjected to scrutiny in an exercise conducted by independent reading committees in the UK.
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After successful applications, shortlisted candidates are invited for an interview in their home country.
In Kenya’s case, the interviews will take place at the British High Commission.
The invitation, according to Chevening, will be sent via email.
Requirements for the program include academic certificates, two, reference letters and a short biography of the applicant.
Additionally, the candidate will be required to submit a copy of their national ID or passport.
Results after interviews
Results from the interviews are expected to be out in the region of June when candidates get notifications. If successful, candidates get an opportunity to choose one unconditional university by July 24.