Wednesday, January 7, 2009

OSI/FCO Chevening University of St Andrews

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.

Scholarships are available for study for the Masters in International Strategy & Economics, the Masters Program in Middle East and Central Asian Security Studies and the M.Litt in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Each scholarship provides tuition fees at the University of St Andrews, 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, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Applicants will normally expect to:

1. be nationals of, and normally resident in, one of the selected countries 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;
2. already hold (or expect to hold by the time of taking up the award) a degree equivalent to an Upper Second Class Honours Degree from a UK university;
3. have passed an appropriate English language test by the time of taking up the award;
4. return to their home country at the end of their scholarship period to continue their studies / work there;
5. should not have already received of be currently receiving financial benefit from a previous HMG funded scholarship;
6. should not be employees, employees’ relatives (of former employees who have left employment less than two 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 of their home country.

You should complete the University’s application form ‘Application for Admission to Graduate Study’. You can obtain application forms from the British Council as indicated in article 7 or download them from the following website:
The completed forms and supporting documents must be returned to the British Council office by 6 February 2009 at the latest (see below address and contact details). Only paper form applications will be accepted from applicants wishing to be considered for an OSI/FCO Chevening/University of St Andrews award. Applicants are required to submit three copies of the application package: one original set and two photocopies of the entire package.
N.B. The three master courses covered by the scholarship program are based in the Faculties of Arts or Divinity and applicants are required to submit a sample piece of written work (of not more than 2,000 words in length) along with other supporting documents.

* All completed applications received by the British Council by the deadline will be forwarded to the University of St Andrews. Academic staff at the University will compile a short-list.
* Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview and an English language test in their home country between mid-April and mid-May 2009. You should keep yourself free between these dates. You will be informed by the British Council office at the end of March 2009 whether you have been shortlisted or not.
* Interviews will be carried out by representatives of Open Society Foundation (OSF) 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 early June.
* Please note that the staff at the British Council office is not involved at all in the decision-making process. They will tell you as soon as they can whether or not you have been successful. Please understand they will not be able to inform you until they have been told by the University of St Andrews and OSF.

Please note that successful applicants may be requested to attend a 1-month Pre-Academic Summer Program in July or August 2009. The exact date and location of Pre-Academic Summer Program will be available at a later stage of the selection process.

You can obtain application forms from the following address. Please note that completed application forms, together with all other necessary documents (one original set and two photocopies) must be returned to this address by 6 February 2009.

British Council Jakarta Stock Exchange, Tower II, 16th Floor
Jln. Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 52-53
Jakarta 12190
Tel: +62 (0)21 515 5561
Fax: +62 (0)21 515 5562
Contact Person: Rowena Rompas

Complete informatiomn can be obtained at: