Dr McDaniel
Dr McDaniel

There are 36 days left for applicants to apply for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chevening Scholarship programme.

Established in 1983, the programme offers outstanding scholars from around the world to study postgraduate courses at UK universities. Talented professionals from St Helena are urged to apply for this round of UK Chevening Scholarships.

The programme provides full or part funding for full-time courses at postgraduate level, normally at a one-year Master’s level, in any subject and at any UK university.

SHG’s Social Services Policy Development Officer, Dr Cilla McDaniel, negotiated with SHG and the Chevening Scholarship panel to complete the taught component of her Doctorate in the span of a year (normally allocated for a Master’s Degree).  Dr McDaniel completed her eight taught modules and began her thesis in the first year of her Social Policy course at the University of Bristol. In this way Chevening paid for all tuition and thesis fees, and SHG subsidised the following years.  Dr McDaniel was motivated to complete her studies in a shorter time than the allocated 5 years.

Now a Doctor of Social Science (Social Policy), Dr McDaniel said of her experience:

“This was the first time I was able to experience full university life – previously I studied through distance learning. It was enlightening to interact and work with people from diverse backgrounds and countries.

“My Doctorate in Social Policy has given me the recognition that compliments many years of knowledge and skills and enables me to work at a high level.  I am in a position where I can effectively advocate for a better way of life for the people of St Helena.  The Chevening Scholarship gave me a wealth of opportunities and I will continue to keep in touch as an alumni member.

“I would strongly recommend this scholarship to anyone regardless of age or background.”

Pamela Constantine also received part-funding from the Chevening Programme. Pamela did a degree in Business and Administration through the Education Directorate Post – School Scholarship Fund and was awarded funding for her final year at university from the Chevening programme, graduating in 2004.

Pamela spoke of her experience:

Pamela Constantine
Pamela Constantine

“It exposed me to new ideas, and gave me diverse theoretical knowledge about the subject.  If anyone is apprehensive about applying for a Chevening scholarship, I think you should go for it, it opens you up to different opportunities and experiences and allows you to meet and relate to a wide range of students from around the world.  There are also advisors who are there to take care of you during the programme.” 

The next round of Scholarship studies will commence in September 2015. Interested persons have until 15 November 2014 to submit their applications. For more information visit: www.chevening.org/apply.

SHG

10 October 2014

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