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2012 British Chevening Scholarship for African Students, UK


2012 Chevening Scholarship for International Postgraduate Students from Botswana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa, Uganda, South Sudan, Zambia

The Chevening Scholarship Programme is a prestigious financial aid awards scheme (funded by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and administered by the British Council) that funds international postgraduate students who want to study in the UK for one academic year. The scholarship scheme provides funding for up to 2300 students annually and operates in over 150 countries.

The Chevening scholarship is open for future leaders who are already experienced in their chosen profession and would like to further develop their career with a postgraduate course in the UK. In addition, it provides you with the opportunity to experience UK life and meet other Chevening scholars.


You can apply for a Chevening scholarship if:

  • You are a postgraduate student who can prove your academic success and who has already begun a career in your chosen field.
  • You you have between two and five years working experience (depending on the country you are applying in), with an excellent track record illustrating your achievements and your potential to use the skills gained during your scholarship to make a difference in your country.
  • You have achieved an excellent mark for you undergraduate degree and can provide a transcript of your academic record. Specific academic requirements are available from the British Council offices in your country.
  • You are 21 years or older (there are upper age limits for specific countries so please ensure you check this during your applications process).
  • You are a resident in your country when you apply and provide your birth certificate (with translation).
  • You must have good English language skills (most UK Higher Education institutions require a minimum IELTS of 6.5 for admission into postgraduate courses).

Field of Study

Applicants will normally be selected from those who wish to take courses in:

  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Banking
  • Law
  • Human rights
  • Public administration
  • Management
  • Project planning
  • Media
  • Political science
  • International relations
  • Diplomatic training
  • Environmental studies

Applicants for other courses (as varied as counter-terrorism, religion and energy/climate change) may be considered.

You are expected to show a commitment to return to your country, where you will contribute to the country’s socio-economic development using the new skills and knowledge acquired during your stay in the UK.

Eligible Countries

The scholarship is available for postgraduate students from the following countries:

Botswana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa, Uganda, South Sudan, Zambia

How to apply?

You will need to submit the following documents:

  • Complete the application online
  • Birth certificate (with translation).
  • Supporting letters from two referees.
  • Photocopies of academic certificates.
  • Transcript/record of exams that you have passed.

Application Deadline

Applications are only open at certain times of the year and differ per country.

  • Botswana -14 December 2011,
  • Nigeria -06 January 2012,
  • Ethiopia -15 January 2012,
  • South Africa-18 January 2012,
  • South Sudan – 22 January 2012
  • Uganda -23 January 2012
  • Zambia – 27 January 2012

Visit Scholarship Webpage for more details

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