Calls for Caymanian scholars

The annual global Chevening Scholarship award is now open to applicants, including Caymanian graduates. 

The scholarship, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, provides financial support for students to undertake a master’s level degree in any subject at a U.K. university, starting in September next year. 

The scholarship includes a monthly stipend, travel to and from the country, a thesis or dissertation grant, and tuition fees. 

While study is available in any field, the Chevening team is particularly interested to hear from Cayman Islands applicants wishing to study good governance, financial management, public administration and law, commercial and economic development, or environment. 

This year’s program will award up to £13,000 (CI$17,920) to selected applicants, said Gillian Skinner of the Cayman Islands governor’s office. 

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She said the last Cayman Islands winner was in 2009. In Chevening’s 30-year history, 25 Caymanians have won scholarships.  

“We’re hoping we’ll get a winner this year,” Ms. Skinner said. “It’s a very worthwhile and prestigious scholarship.” 

“The kinds of senior roles which achieving alumni often go on to fill include top-level decision makers such as heads of states and ministers.”  

To qualify for the scholarship, a student must be from a Chevening-eligible country and must intend to return to their country after completing their studies. Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a U.K. upper second-class honors degree and have completed at least two years’ work experience.  

The Chevening program offers scholarships in more than 150 countries and territories to more than 1,500 individuals. There are currently more than 43,000 Chevening alumni.  

Applications will close Nov. 15. Visit www.chevening.org/apply. 

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