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Chevening UK Government Scholarship Scheme

Chevening UK Government Scholarships
Closing Date
2 January 2013

Chevening UK Government Scholarship Scheme
Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarships programme. Established in 1983, these scholarships support study at UK universities – mostly one-year Masters’ degrees – for students with demonstrable potential to become future leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers. Chevening Scholarships are for talented people who have been identified as potential future leaders across a wide range of fields, including politics, business, the media, civil society, religion, and academia. Chevening Scholarships are currently offered in approximately 110 countries, in most regions of the world. In the current academic year, there are over 700 Chevening scholars at universities across the UK. Chevening Scholarships are mainly funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), with some contributions from universities and other partners in the UK and overseas, including governmental and private sector bodies.

The Chevening scholarships are open to Malaysian citizens applying for post-graduate study at British institutions of higher education.

The scholarships cover:
Academic fees (with the exception of business school programmes, where the fees element of the scholarships is capped at £12,000, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office will pay academic fees directly to the institution concerned on behalf of successful applicants). Candidates wishing to study a course with academic fees exceeding £12,000 per year should expect to part-fund their study.

  •     A monthly living allowance.
  •     A modest allowance to cover books, warm clothing & thesis.
  •     A return airfare to the UK.
  •     A gratis student visa.

The scholarships are only given for studies of up to one year’s duration. They are not applicable for PhDs, undergraduate studies or professional courses (e.g. ACCA, RIBA, ICSA, Bar Vocational courses etc). Scholarships are not awarded for studies outside the UK, for distance learning or for part-time studies.

Fields of study
We are looking for candidates in the following fields:

  •     Climate change
  •     Sustainable development
  •     Science and Engineering
  •     Rule of law
  •     Human rights
  •     Conflict prevention/ resolution
  •     Foreign & security policy
  •     Good governance
  •     Counter-terrorism
  •     Migration issues
  •     Business & Islamic finance


  •     Upper second class degree or higher.
  •     Proof of professional achievements.
  •     Working experience (preferably 2 years minimum).
  •     Fluent English (most UK Higher Education institutions require a minimum IELTS of 6.5 for admission into post-graduate courses).

Applicants with a Lower second class degree but with impressive career achievements may also apply. There are no minimum or maximum age limits for the scholarships, provided the other application criteria are met.

Candidates are also expected to show a commitment to return to Malaysia, where they will contribute to the country’s socio-economic development using the new skills and knowledge acquired during their stay in the UK. On return to Malaysia Scholars will automatically become members of the Chevening Alumni Malaysia, and will benefit from the networking and other opportunities that this offers.

Application procedure
All applications must be made on-line via E-Chevening.

Applications to British institutions of higher education
There is no restriction on which UK university a candidate can apply to. Candidates are advised to secure a confirmed place at a UK university before interview. Those invited to interview will be asked to give strong reasons for their final choice of university and subject of study.

Candidates should undertake some research about UK higher education before applying. Please visit the Education UK website for further information about studying in the UK. Candidates should have already  made applications to the institutions of their choice by the time of interview.

Short-listed candidates will be expected to attend an interview in Kuala Lumpur when requested.

Please be advised that only those selected for interview will be contacted. No correspondence will be entered into as to why an applicant has not been short-listed.

Selection procedure
The British High Commission and the Association Of Commonwealth Universities will screen application forms and draw up a shortlist of candidates. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.