Chevening Scholarship

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Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hugo Swire (a name listed in Epstein's Black book) discussing the programme in 2015
Interest ofHugo Swire
Membership• Mélanie Joly
• Annastacia Palaszczuk
• Álvaro Uribe
• Abdul Hamid Bador
• A.T.M. Zahirul Alam
• Ahmad Fuadi
• Amina C. Mohamed
• Amitabh Kant
• Anand Ramlogan
• Anna Jóelsdóttir
• Anne Enright
• Anote Tong
• Baldwin Spencer
• Binyavanga Wainaina
• Bolaji Abdullahi
• Bogolo Kenewendo
• Carlos Alvarado Quesada
• Chen Liangyu
• Emil Kirjas
• Erdem Moralıoğlu
• Eva De Bleeker
• Fawad Hasan Fawad
• Filiz Ali
• Ghil'ad Zuckermann
• Gideon Olanrewaju
• Giga Bokeria
• Guðni Th. Jóhannesson
• Guillermo Sheridan
• Gunaajav Batjargal
• Hassan Wario
• Helon Habila
• Herbert Wigwe
• Ibrahim Sheme
• Igor Pokaz
• Jaime Bermudez
• João Miranda
• John Momoh
• Jorge Capitanich
• Jorma Ollila
• Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile
• Mahnaz Malik
• Manuel Lajo
• Marek Belka
• Martín Lousteau
• Martin Manurung
• Muhammad Uteem
• Nan Achnas
• Nkoyo Esu Toyo
• Paula Vaccaro
• Peter Sinon
• Phil Goff
• Pooja Kapur
• Prince Seeiso of Lesotho
• Pritam Singh
• Rajesh Talwar
• Riri Riza
• Sergei Stanishev
• Shaffi Mather
• Shirani Bandaranayake
• Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson
• Simon Kolawol
• Stone Sizani
• T. V. Narendran
• Xiaolu Guo
• Zaina Erhaim
• Ziad Bahaa-Eldin
• Alejandro Fernandez Whipple
• Sheila Oviedo
• Pyone Thet Thet Kyaw
• Juan Pablo Larenas
• Shahira Abdel Shahid
• Oru Mohiuddin
• Bogolo Kenewendo
• Achaleke
• Helon Habila
• Guillermo Sheridan
• Jiří Šitler
• Clive Williams (terror expert)
• Stone Sizani
• Carlos Mendoza Davis
• Alessandra Bueno
• Vince Dizon
• Huang Xueqin
• Katalin Bogyay
• Terry Gygar
• John Lee (political scientist)
• Elina Ribakova
• Umar Cheema
• Heather Ford
• Georgina Downer
• Raimonda Murmokaitė
• Laura Alonso
• Dibyesh Anand
The stated objective of the scheme is to build a network of friends of the UK, who will be future leaders in their countries.

The Chevening Scholarship is an international scholarship, funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, that lets foreign students with leadership qualities study at universities in the United Kingdom.[1]


Chevening House, traditionally used by the Foreign Secretary

The Chevening Scholarships Programme commenced in 1983 as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Awards Scheme (FCOAS) and is funded by the British government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its partner organisations.[2] The stated objective of the scheme is to build a network of friends of the UK, who will be future leaders in their countries. In 1994, the name of the scheme was changed to Chevening, after Chevening House in Sevenoaks, Kent currently the joint official residence of the British Foreign Secretary and the British Deputy Prime Minister.[1]

A companion Chevening Fellowships Scheme was launched by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2004. The Fellowships programme provides places for mid-career professionals already in positions of leadership and influence to undertake 3-month courses in fields related to the FCDO's policy goals.[3]

In 2007–08 the Chevening Scholarships cost the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office approximately £22 million.[4] In the same year the Chevening Fellowships scheme cost approximately £4 million. In July 2010 the British Foreign Minister announced a cut of £10 million from the scholarships budget, in the context of wider budget cuts. This resulted in a number of scholarships being cancelled for 2010–11. After a review period, the 2011–12 scholarship round opened for applications in February 2011. In 2011–12 the number of scholarships was increased to more than 700 worldwide. In 2015/16 the number of scholarships was increased to 1,500.[5] In 2017/18, the total number of scholarships was 1,650.[6]

In April 2012, the Association of Commonwealth Universities took over running of the scheme from the British Council, establishing a Chevening Secretariat.

In October 2018, the Chevening Scholarships Programme celebrated its 35th anniversary by awarding a total number of 1,800 scholarships from 160 countries for the 2018/19 school year.[7] Earlier that year, the number of Chevening alumni also hit the 50,000 mark.[8]

Participating countries

Sayeeda Warsi, Baroness Warsi meeting with Chevening Scholars in Afghanistan

The number of available scholarships varies from country to country. More than thirty scholarships are currently awarded to candidates from Nepal, India, Russia and China. Twenty or more are awarded to candidates from Egypt, South Korea, Indonesia, Bhutan, Pakistan, Mexico, Thailand and Brazil, with less than five core scholarships now available to candidates from Australia and Canada[1] (US students are not eligible, but can apply for the Marshall Scholarships which are also funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office). The Chevening Scholarship is not available to non-indigenous Australian candidates.[9]

The significance of the Chevening scholarship scheme rests on its large scope in 2017/18 1650 scholarships were awarded to students from more than 140 countries,[10] allowing students from developing countries to access British tertiary education institutions, some of which are of a very high standard as determined by international rankings.[11] In this way the Chevening scheme is more similar to the US Fulbright Scholarships which bring students from 140 countries to the US[12] and differs from the Rhodes Scholarship scheme which currently allows applications from approximately 18 countries.[13] Winners of Chevening scholarships often receive coverage in national and local newspapers.[14][15]

Selection criteria

The selection criteria for Chevening Scholarship are aimed to identify "high-calibre graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership." Specific selection criteria for Chevening Scholarships vary from country to country, and from year to year. In 2017/18, of 65,000 applicants, 1650 scholarships were awarded.[16]

Scholarship applicants must also apply directly to their preferred universities in the UK, usually for taught master's degree courses. Most scholarships include a living stipend, airfares and the full or partial cost of tuition fees.

The most popular destinations for study in 2011 were the London School of Economics & Political Science, University College London, and the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, University of Nottingham, University of Bath and King's College London.[1]

Chevening alumni

As of 2017/18, there are an estimated 50,000 Chevening Scholarship alumni,[1] with an emphasis being placed on improved links with and between previous scholars as a consequence of reviews in 2005[17] and 2006.[18] Many Chevening Scholars have since gone on to reach positions of influence in a range of sectors.

Notable alumni include:


Known members

8 of the 89 of the members already have pages here:

Laura Alonso
Dibyesh AnandIndian/British academic on Tibet who writes for the Guardian.
Mélanie JolyChevening Scholarship, WEF/Young Global Leaders 2016. After being elected to parliament in 2015, she became Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2021.
Raimonda MurmokaitėLithuanian diplomat who was President of the United Nations Security Council in February 2014 and May 2015, and Chairman of the UNSC's Counter-Terrorism Committee 2014-2015.
Jorma OllilaShell chairman, Nokia CEO, Bilderberg steering committee, WEF
Annastacia Palaszczuk
Carlos Alvarado QuesadaThe President of Costa Rica since 2018; graduate of WEF/Young Global Leaders 2019
Álvaro UribeThe US deep state's preferred 'go-to' man for Colombia and Latin-America.
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