Today (Tuesday 26 January), UK British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, welcomed Kenya’s newest Chevening scholars back home after completing their studies in the UK.
The Chevening Scholarship is an international scholarship scheme which enables students with leadership qualities from 144 countries and territories to undertake postgraduate study or courses in universities in the United Kingdom. Funding for the scheme comes from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Launched in 1984 as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Awards Scheme (FCOAS), the scholarship is funded by the British government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
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 name of the scheme was changed in 1994 to Chevening, after Chevening House in Sevenoaks, Kent – currently the joint official residence of the British Foreign Secretary and the British Deputy Prime Minister.
“You’ve now joined the over 400 Chevening alumni in Kenya, of which many have gone on to become great leaders and influencers in Kenya today; most notably, Hon Amb Amina Mohamed, Lady Justice Njoki Ndungu, and Hon Dr. Hassan Wario.
“Finishing your award is not the end of the road, just a pause before you continue down a meaningful new path. Now it’s your time to take your place in the prestigious alumni network and gain all the benefits that being a Chevening Alumnus brings.”
– UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey
The returning students are now part of an influential global network of over 44,000 Chevening alumni spanning over 150 countries.
The UK is fortunate to have some of the best academic institutions in the world and home to four of the top six universities in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings.
Applications for 2016/2017 Chevening Scholarships are closed, but if you want to apply for the next cycle, this will open in August 2016.