Last Monday, scores of persons visited the British High Commission on Main Street to learn about the Chevening Scholarships being offered by the United Kingdom (UK).
The Chevening Scholar-ship, which is funded by the Foreign and Common-wealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, is the UK government’s inter-national awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders.
Twenty-two local applicants have been selected to pursue studies over the 2016-2017 academic year, which is almost double the 12 who were picked last year.
The programme is presently accepting applications from suitably-qualified Guyanese who wish to pursue a one-year master’s programme in the United Kingdom. The deadline for applications, which opened on August 8, is November 8.
Necessary qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree with a GPA that will enable the applicant to gain entry to a post-graduate programme at a UK university, two years of post-graduate work experience which may have been earned as a voluntary, part-time or full-time employee and a willingness to return to Guyana for a minimum of two years after becoming qualified.
During Monday’s open house, prospective applicants interacted with officials who provided the information on the scholarship. They were able to ask questions based on their applications, areas of study, the University of Guyana accreditation in the UK and funding.
Nikki Cole, a Chevening officer, said that the response was tremendous.
She pointed out that they had been opened for two hours, in which time they had been able to provide information to over 200 persons.
Noting that the embassy usually announced the scholarship via the print media, she said that a decision was made this year to have the information session so as to allow Guyanese a chance to ask questions about the scholarship and the opportunities it offers.
Cole further explained that the scholarship carries no restriction on age.
Stabroek News spoke with several participants, who said that they found the session to be very informative as they were able to receive answers to the many questions they had.
One woman, who has been unable to pursue her Master’s Degree for years because of the associated cost, said that she was happy that the UK government had decided to host the open forum.
Another participant, who asked not to be named, said he was happy that they have provided such an opportunity to Guyanese students. He stated that the scholarship provides opportunities to study in many fields, including medicine, arts and environment and persons should not pass the opportunity to apply to pursue their post-graduate degrees.
Those wishing to apply may complete the application online at http://www.chevening.org/guyana/.