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About Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The Scholarships are awarded to outstanding established or emerging leaders to pursue one-year Master’s degrees (although some awards are for tailor-made short courses) in any subject and at any of the UK’s leading universities.

Chevening Scholarships operate in more than 150 countries and territories worldwide, and this year the programme will support over 1500 individuals. 

The objective of the Chevening programme

The Scholarships are an important element in Britain’s public diplomacy effort and bring young professionals, who have already displayed outstanding leadership talents, to study in the UK. The objective of the Chevening programme is to support foreign policy priorities and achieve FCO objectives by creating lasting positive relationships with future leaders, influencers and decision-makers.

About the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The UK Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has a worldwide network of embassies and consulates, employing over 14,000 people in nearly 270 diplomatic offices. It works with international organisations to promote British interests and global security, including the EU, NATO, the United Nations, the UN Security Council and the Commonwealth.

About the Chevening Secretariat

The Chevening Secretariat administers the Chevening programme on behalf of the FCO. The Secretariat is based at the Association of Commonwealth Universities in London.

Staff at the Secretariat:

Michael Scott-Kline, Head of Chevening Scholarships Secretariat

The International Liaison Officer team (who liaise with British Embassies and High Commissions in Chevening countries):
Julia Phelps, Senior International Liaison Officer
Jonathon Greenhow, International Liaison Officer
Karen Harris, International Liaison Officer
Jocelyn Law, International Liaison Officer
Emma Spittles, International Liaison Officer
Mimi Tambi, International Liaison Officer
Harish Lokhun, International Scholarships Assistant

The Programme Officer team (who liaise with Scholars once selected and UK universities):
Nyssa Lee-Woolf, Senior Programme Officer
James Farren, Programme Officer
Katie Finnegan, Programme Officer
Hannah Halder, Programme Officer
Louise Thomson, Programme Officer
Ceri Waddington, Programme Officer
Nikita Rathod, Scholarships Assistant

Laura Dyson, Senior Welfare and Immigration Officer
Michael Collins, Senior Communications Officer
Joanna Rosenzweig, Senior Partnerships and Development Officer
Sarah Walker, Student Engagement Officer
Jasmin Osman, Programme Assistant

Further team members:

Urfan Arif, Scholarships Finance Manager
Peter Bourdillon, Medical Adviser
Laurence Bette, Senior Records Adviser
Julie Stackhouse, Programme Manager (Research and Development)
Jeff Wood, Information Analyst
Rachel Arnold, Record/Office Assistant

All job vacancies for Chevening are advertised on the ACU's website.

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