Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sri Lanka / Maldives Chevening Cambridge Scholarship Schemes


Have you recently enrolled, or are about to enrol, on a postgraduate course in the UK? Do you want help with funding your studies? Are you already experienced in your chosen career? Would you like to develop your career and become part of an influential global alumni network? Then a British Chevening Scholarship could be right for you.


The Chevening Scholarship Scheme is the UK's most prestigious scholarship scheme for foreign students. Its aim is to enable current and future leaders, decision makers and opinion formers to study in the UK and make a positive contribution to their own countries upon their return. Many former Chevening scholars have gone on to be leaders in their fields, and indeed, even leaders of their countries.

Scholarships are awarded to young professionals at the early- to mid-career stage in any field, although applicants should be able to demonstrate how their studies will benefit their countries.

In Sri Lanka and the Maldives, the UK offers a small number of scholarships a year.


In the academic year 2012/2013, we are also pleased to launch the Chevening Cambridge Scholarship Programme, in partnership with the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. We will offer a limited number of scholarships tenable only at the University of Cambridge, one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the UK.

For more information, please see:

The scheme is opened to graduates in the early- to mid-stages of a professional or academic career in the government/private sector or at a non-governmental organisation. The emphasis is on study at the postgraduate level. Applicants should be considering study in any field relevant to one or more of the UK government’s strategic international priorities, which can be accessed at Particular priority will be given to applicants who will work to promote good governance or benefit socio-economic or environmental development in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.


  • should have some work or academic experience relating to their field of study
  • should have some correspondence or information about the interested course from a UK higher education institution for the academic year 2012/2013
  • should have an IELTS score of 7.0 or higher

Preference will be given to those who have attained, or have demonstrated the potential to attain, a position of responsibility and influence within their field in Sri Lanka or the Maldives, and to those whose study in Britain is likely to enhance their potential for influence in their respective countries.

Postgraduate courses in the UK are usually 10-12 months in duration. More details of these are available on this website.

Candidates should be able to converse and write in English with a minimum IELTS score of 7.0. Proof of IELTS score will be required.

Candidates are expected to present a clear plan of what and where they wish to study. Plans must not include study at a series of institutions, and must concentrate on one programme of study. All study plans must come under the supervision of a recognised authority in the field at an appropriate centre of learning in the United Kingdom.

The application is only available online. Please use the online form to complete your online application. The applications will be open from Tuesday 1 November 2011 to Sunday 15 January 2012.

Applications will close on Sunday 15 January 2012.

The selection committee will be appointed by the British High Commission and will meet to interview short-listed candidates at the British Council in March 2012. Awards will be announced shortly afterwards.


Successful candidates will be asked to complete additional documentation and to undergo a medical examination at a later date.

Components of the award
The components of the award will consist of full or partial payment of:

  • tuition, bench and examination fees
  • maintenance allowance (for the award holder only)
  • air passage to and from Britain
  • arrival allowance
  • thesis allowance (if applicable)

Administration of the award
The Administration of the Award is the responsibility of the British Council and includes the following:

  • checks on the linguistic attainment of candidates
  • booking travel
  • briefing and assisting with finding accommodation
  • monitoring progress and advising on welfare problems

For general information on the Chevening, please visit the

For further information, please contact:

Assistant Manager Education UK
British Council
49 Alfred House Gardens
Colombo 3
Sri Lanka

Telephone:+94 11 4521521

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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