• Applications open for Chevening Scholarships

Applications open for Chevening Scholarships

08 August 2014

The application period opened this month for the prestigious Chevening Scholarship scheme.  High calibre Afghan graduates are encouraged to check their eligibility and submit an application by 15th November 2014.

The Chevening Scholarship scheme was launched in 1983 and provides support to graduate students in over 150 countries.  There are over 43,000 Chevening Scholar alumni around the world, many fulfilling their ambitions of leadership and development in their home country.

Tamana Heela was a 2011/12 Chevening Scholar, studying a MA in Human Rights at Birkbeck University in London.  Tamana wrote a very personal account of her childhood in Kabul for our Views and Voices section last year, describing how her inspiring mother fought to educate girls and revealing her own passion for human and women’s rights.  Tamana now works for the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organisation in Afghanistan and works as a journalist and activist in the fields of human and women’s rights.

Our own BAAG Director, Jawed Nader, was a Chevening Scholar in 2011/12, completing a MSc in Public Policy at the University of Bristol.  

The Scholarships are funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, along with partner organisations.  They are offered to high calibre graduates who have demonstrated their leadership ability and experience in their studies and careers to date, and who aim to use the scholarship to further their careers in support of their own country and the UK.  In return for passing the rigorous application process the Scholarships cover, amongst others, tuition fees, travel to and from the home country and a monthly stipend for accommodation and living costs.  Applicants can choose post-graduate courses in any UK university. 

In addition to the financial support, current and past Scholars benefit from a comprehensive calendar of informative, networking and social events, advice from past Scholars and links to the worldwide alumni network.

Khalil Rahman was another 2011/2012 Afghan Chevening Scholar, studying for an MSc in Public Policy at the University of Bristol in the UK. He currently works as Project Manager of UNDP’s Justice and Human Rights in Afghanistan (JHRA) project, working to enhance the capacity and functionality of legal and political institutions in Afghanistan.

“Completing my Master’s degree in Public Policy under the Chevening Scholarships Programme helped me understand the complexity of policy reforms in fragile states,” he said, adding “It prepared me to manage successfully a programme of Afghan and international staff seeking to achieve long-term change within my country’s justice institutions.”

Full information on eligibility criteria and the application process can be found on the Chevening  website.

Khalil Rahman provided this endorsement to prospective applicants: “I strongly encourage young Afghans to take advantage of the opportunities for study and networking offered by the Chevening Scholarships. Doing so will not only enrich your technical know-how, it will also strengthen your voice in bringing about positive change”.