Saturday, January 7, 2012

Chevening scholarships for Korean Students


Chevening is a prestigious worldwide scholarship programme, funded by the British Government. Nearly 1,000 scholars and fellows from around the world receive awards to study in the UK each year. The Chevening scholarship scheme aims to provide opportunities for potential leaders, decision makers and opinion formers to study in the UK so they can contribute to the future development of their country.

What does a successful scholar look like?

There is no such thing as a 'typical' Chevening scholar! Successful scholars from Korea are very diverse - former scholars include senior civil servants, lawyers, specialists in human rights, politicians, business people and journalists. What they have in common is the potential to be leaders in their fields and a strong desire and vision to contribute to UK-Korea relations.

What can I study?

Chevening scholarships are awarded for one-year Masters level postgraduate courses. We do not award scholarships for undergraduate programmes. We will only consider doctoral study in exceptional circumstances. We will not fund English language courses, such as TEFL.

The Embassy will accept applications for scholarships to study in the following fields:

  • Politics
  • International Affairs
  • Law fields, including human rights and international law
  • Climate Change/Energy
  • Development Studies
  • Public Administration
  • Corporate Governance/Fighting Corruption
  • Finance/Economics
  • Science
  • Media Studies

Where can I study?

Chevening scholarships are awarded for study in universities in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) only.

Who can apply?

Candidates must:
  • be a South Korean national resident in South Korea
  • hold a good undergraduate degree level qualification. We usually expect grades of 85%, B+ or a GPA 3.5/4 or 3.8/4.3.
  • have at least two years work experience relevant to the course which they wish to study is desirable
  • have a good level of English language (minimum IELTS level 6.5)
  • return to South Korea on completion of studies.
  • Current or recent employees of the British Embassy and the British Council are not eligible.

English Language Requirements

Applicants need to have a very good standard of English to benefit from study in the UK. British universities will expect a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. You should submit evidence of your language ability with your Chevening scholarship application. Please contact the British Council in Seoul if you want to arrange an IELTS exam.

What is the IELTS test and how do I take one?

IELTS ( is the International English Language Testing System. You must pass IELTS with a score of at least 6.5 before you can take up a Chevening scholarship (NB some UK universities may require a higher IELTS score for certain courses). IELTS examinations are administered by the British Council in South Korea.

II.Chevening Scholarships for North Korean New-settlers

The Embassy is offering Chevening scholarships in 2012/13 for a Korean citizen of North Korean origin to study in the UK. The scholarship is part of the Embassy's wider "English for the Future" programme for the new-settler community in South Korea, which was launched this year.
The postgraduate scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who demonstrates the strongest leadership potential and has the most convincing career development plan. This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious individual who wants to gain academic and English language skills to support their future professional goals.

What will the scholarship cover for NK New-settlers?

The scholarship will cover the full cost of one year's postgraduate study at a British university starting in September 2012. This includes tuition fees, monthly stipend and airfare. Please note that the scholarship will not cover costs for family members.

What kind of subjects can I study?

The scholarship will be awarded for a one-year Masters level postgraduate course. The Embassy will accept applications for students who want to study in any of the following fields:
  • Politics
  • International Affairs
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Development Studies
  • Public Administration
  • Social Studies
  • Journalism

Which universities can I apply for?

The British Embassy will work with the scholar who is successful to identify the right institution and postgraduate course in the UK.

What are you looking for?

Candidates must:
  • Hold South Korean citizenship
  • Have a good undergraduate degree
  • Demonstrate strong leadership potential
  • Demonstrate clear commitment to long-term career development
  • Have a good level of spoken and written English
  • Return to South Korea on completion of studies

How do I apply?

You need to enclose the following supporting documents:
  • Application forms
  • Academic certificates and transcript for your undergraduate degree
  • Certificate of employment (if applicable)
  • Two sealed reference letters from two different referees. At least one reference should be in English.
  • English proficiency score (optional - include if you have it)
  • Forms and supporting documents should be sent to the British Embassy at: Chevening Manager, Press and Public Affairs Section, British Embassy, Sejong-daero 19-gil, 24 Jung-gu,100-120, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Will you test my English proficiency?

Evidence of English language proficiency is not mandatory at this stage. But if you already have evidence of English language ability, it would be beneficial to include this in your application. If you are successful at the interview stage, the British Embassy will arrange for an IELTS test (International English Language Testing System) at the British Council in Seoul.

Further enquiries?

Please send any further questions

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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