Saturday, October 25, 2008

OSI/FCO Chevening/University of Nottingham Scholarship

The scholarships aim to provide opportunities for independent postgraduate study in the United Kingdom for students who have demonstrated both academic excellence and the potential to become leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers in their own country. Upon completion of their studies in the UK, scholars are expected to return to their home country to resume their studies or work there. Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarships lead to the award of a master’s degree.

The scholarships are available for study for LLM in Human Rights Law, MA in International Relations, MA in Social & Global Justice, MA in European & Global Politics, MA in International Security and Terrorism, MA Diplomacy, MA Politics and Contemporary History, MA Critical Theory and Politics.

Each scholarship provides twelve months’ tuition fees at the University of Nottingham, a stipend to cover living costs (for one person only) and return air travel from the scholar’s home country.

The scholarships are open to applicants from Indonesia, Jordan and Syria.

Applicants will normally be expected:

to be nationals of, and normally resident in, the selected country during the academic year in which they apply for the award; applicants who are temporarily out of the country (for a total period of less than three consecutive months) may be treated as being resident;
already hold (or expect to hold by the time of taking up the award) a degree of an equivalent standard to at least a good UK second-class Honours degree;
to have passed an appropriate English language test by the time of taking up the award;
to return to their home country at the end of their scholarship period to continue their studies/ work there.
not to have already received or be currently receiving financial benefit from a previous HMG funded scholarship;
not to be employees, employees’ relatives (of former employees who have left employment less than 2 years before) of FCO (including FCO posts), the British Council, the Educational Advising Centers or other OSI-NSP representations in the region and the participating universities.
Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously studied outside their home country.

You can obtain application forms from your local British Council office (See below for address and contact details).

You will need to fill out:

The University Postgraduate Application Form and Reference Form : please read it carefully and enclose all additional documents requested in the application form.
The separate Scholarship application form.
The completed forms and supporting documents must be returned to your local British Council office at the address below by 30 January 2009 at the latest (see below address and contact details). One original set of the application pack and two copies thereof must be submitted.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview and an English language test in their home country during April 2009. You should keep yourself free for these dates. You will be informed by the local British Council office whether you have been shortlisted or not.

Interviews will be carried out by representatives of OSI and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In certain cases, there may also be a panel member representing the interests of the University.
The final awards will be decided jointly by the University, the FCO and OSF. Candidates will be informed by the University.
Please note that successful applicants will be invited to the OSI NSP Pre-Academic Summer School that will be held in July or August 2009 in Istanbul. The Network Scholarship Programmes’ (NSP) Pre-Academic Summer Programme is designed to prepare NSP grantees for successful academic experiences in the UK. Successful applicants will be provided with the opportunity to refine their research and writing skills through intensive courses in academic writing and social sciences.

Read the University’s Postgraduate Prospectus. Your local British Council office will be able to make a copy available for you to consult. You will not, however, be able to take this copy home.

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Who should I contact if I have any questions?
Please make use of all of the written documentation available to you: the guidance notes and the University’s Postgraduate Prospectus:

If you have any queries about these guidance notes, then you should contact either

your local British Council office (please see addresses below) or
Margareta Mamaliga, UK Programme Coordinator, Network Scholarship Programmes, Open Society Foundation:
Fax or e-mail only:
Fax: 00 44 20 7031 0217

If you have any academic questions, then you should direct these to the appropriate department at the University (listed in the University’s Postgraduate Prospectus).

Contact details of local British Council offices:

The British Council
Indonesia Stock Exchange
Tower II, 16th Floor
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav 52-53
Jakarta 12190
Phone: + 62 21 515 5561
Fax: + 62 21 515 5562
Contact person: Rowena Rompas